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Old 09-16-2009, 08:05 PM   #1
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Dog bites are a third of insurance claims

Dog bites are one-third of all homeowners insurance liability claims, institute says

September 14, 2009 | 10:03 am
So much for man’s best friend – dog bites represented a third of all homeowners insurance liability claims last year, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
Attacks cost insurers $387.2 million in 2008, up 8.7% from $356.2 million in 2007. Since 2003, the average dog-bite claim has jumped nearly 28% from $19,162 to $24,461, due in part to higher medical costs and pricier court decisions.
In the last year, the number of claims rose nearly 9% from 14,531 to 15,823. More than half of bites happen on the dog owner’s property.

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Old 09-16-2009, 08:50 PM   #2
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Sheesh the way they put it you would think that dogs are simply parading out and bitting people randomly and because they feel like it. If anything it is US HUMANS that have failed our dogs. They bite because many are ill informed, don't teach their kids, and don't feel the need to fix a behavior problem.

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Old 09-17-2009, 12:17 AM   #3
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That is really unfortunate. So far I don't think dog owners are forced to pay more, but this could be a start toward that.

I am finding hotels less dog friendly and wanting to charge more for having a dog.
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