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Dog bite injury cases on the rise

Just as many children can do no wrong in their parents’ eyes, many pet owners across the state of California and beyond are ignorant to their pets’ behavioral issues. Dogs in particular can pose a significant threat to the public, and are known to act in unpredictable and aggressive ways toward strangers. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the dog owner to recognize and address potentially dangerous behavior in an animal and protect others from dog bite injuries at all times.

While the comic image of the postal worker being chased by a dog is often thought of as being funny, thousands off postal workers are attacked by dogs every year in the U. S. Last year alone, 61 Postal Service employees were attacked in Los Angeles, ranking the city as the second highest in incidents across the country. And according to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 4 million people sustain a dog bite every year, resulting in a large percentage of homeowner liability cases.

Because animal attacks cost the insurance industry hundreds of millions of dollars every year, insurance companies across the country are attempting to raise awareness and prevent incidents. The average insurance claim for a dog bite in the state of California was almost $34,000 last year, while the overall number of claims filed across the country rose more than five percent. Interestingly, dog ownership has decreased on a national level, raising concerns over why incident rates are on the rise.

While some suspect that the popularity of more aggressive dog breeds is contributing to dog bite incidents, others note that it is the actions of dog owners that lead to many unsafe situations.

Source: Bloomberg, “Dog-Bite Claims Set Record as N.Y. has Costliest Attacks,” Craig Giammona, May 14, 2014

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