State Farm Releases Annual Top 10 States for Dog Bite Claims

State Farm Releases Annual Top 10 States for Dog Bite Claims

Insurer Partners with USPS and AVMA during National Dog Bite Prevention Week®


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BLOOMINGTON, Ill., May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Just like
people, dogs have their good days and bad days but for the 4.7 million dog bite
victims each year, a dogs’ bad day can result in serious injury or even
death. In 2012, State Farm® had 3,670 dog bite claims and paid
more than $108 million as a result of dog bites. This is a slight decrease
compared to the number of dog bite claims in 2011 (3,750 claims) and a slight
decrease in the amount paid as a result of dog bite claims in 2011 ($109

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Top 10 States for State Farm Dog
Bite Claims in 2012



Number of claims

Claims paid (estimated)

1. California


$17.1 million

2. Illinois


$9.0 million

3. Texas


$4.3 million

4. Ohio


$5.0 million

5. Pennsylvania


$4.5 million

6. Michigan


$4.6 million

7. Indiana


$2.7 million

8. Florida


$7.1 million

9. Georgia


$3.3 million

10. New York


$6.4 million


Because dog bites continue to be a serious health and safety issue, State
Farm has joined the National Dog Bite Prevention Week® (May 19-25, 2013)
Coalition to reinforce the importance of pet owner responsibility and the need
for continued public education regarding dog bite prevention. Consider these
alarming statistics provided by National Dog Bite Prevention Week® Coalition


  • The American
    Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) estimates the U.S. dog population was
    approximately 70 million at the end of 2011, down from approximately 72
    million in 2006, yet the number of dog bite incidents hasn’t decreased.  
  • Prevent the
    Bite, a nonprofit organization devoted to dog bite prevention through
    education, reports that from 2001 – 2011, dog bites were the ninth leading
    cause of nonfatal unintentional injury to children 5-9 (512,638) and tenth
    for children 10-14 (412,895).
  • The Insurance
    Information Institute (III) estimates that in 2012, insurers across the
    country paid nearly $489 million in dog bite claims.
  • The American
    Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that more than half of all dog bite
    victims are children; approximately 400,000 receive medical attention every
  • The American
    Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM) reports that there were
    27,752 reconstructive procedures performed in 2012 to repair injuries caused
    by dog bites.
  • The United
    States Postal Service® (USPS) reports that 5,879 postal carriers were bitten
    or attacked by dogs in 2012. That is an increase of 274 dog bite incidents
    compared to 2011.
  • The American
    Humane Association™ (AHA) reports that unsupervised newborns are 370 times
    more likely than an adult to be killed by a dog. Interactions between
    children and dogs should always be monitored to ensure safety for both the
    dog and the child.


As a member of the National Dog Bite Prevention Week® Coalition, State Farm
urges caution around all dogs, including family pets. Prevent the Bite and DINOS:
Dogs in Need of Space provide posters and safety information to teach children
how to correctly approach a dog. The American Humane Association offers a free
online booklet called Pet Meets Baby that provides families with valuable
information on introducing a new child to a home with a dog. Remember, a
responsible dog owner should:


  • NEVER leave a
    baby or small child alone with a dog, even if it is a family pet. Children
    are often bitten by a dog in their own household.
  • Make sure your
    pet is socialized as a young puppy so it feels at ease around people and
    other animals.
  • Never put your
    dog in a position where it feels threatened or teased.
  • Walk and
    exercise your dog regularly to keep it healthy and provide mental
  • Use a leash in
    public to ensure you are able to control your dog.
  • Regular
    veterinary visits are essential to regulating the health of your dog. A sick
    or injured dog is more likely to bite.
  • Be alert. If
    someone approaches you and your dog while out on a walk, caution them to
    wait before petting the dog, giving your pet time to be comfortable with the


A dog’s tendency to bite depends on such factors as heredity, obedience
training, socialization, health, and the victim’s behavior. There are good dogs
and bad dogs within every breed, just as there can be responsible and
irresponsible owners of each breed. That’s why State Farm does not refuse
insurance based on the breed of dog a customer owns. Under the right
circumstances, any dog might bite.


About State Farm®:
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U.S. and is a leading insurer in Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance
quotes, their 17,800 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve 81 million
policies and accounts – more than 79 million auto, home, life and health
policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts.
Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners,
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Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is
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State Farm Releases Annual Top 10 States for Dog Bite Claims