Dog Bite Injuries in St. Louis and Elsewhere Costing Nearly $500M in 2011

Dog Bite Injuries in St. Louis and Elsewhere Costing Nearly $500M in 2011

Dog bite injuries in St. Louis and elsewhere are a lot more common than you may think. These kinds of stories don’t typically make it to the front page of the local news, but they’re happening more and more every day, according to Yahoo News.

As a matter of fact, these kinds of claims cost insurance companies nationwide nearly $500 million in 2011. This is a stiff increase from the $415 million dished out in 2010 and the increase is worrying safety officials.


According to State Farm Insurance, one of the country’s largest home insurers, they paid out more than $100 million for the near 4,000 dog bite claims in just 2011. In 2010, the insurance giant only dealt with about 3,500 claims and paid out about $10 million less.

Our St. Louis injury lawyers understand that a good portion of homeowner’s insurance claims cover dog bite injuries and oftentimes people overlook the dangers and likelihood of these kinds of accidents. In many cases, dog bite victims are attacked by dogs that they actually know, like their own family’s dog, their close friend’s dog or even a neighbor’s dog. As a matter of fact, there are nearly 5 million people who are bitten by a dog every year. Some of the largest groups of victims of these accidents include children and U.S. Postal Service workers. Statistics conclude that nearly 1 million people turn to professional medical attention for these types of injuries. More than 15 people die every year because of these accidents.

First and foremost, children between the ages of 5- and 9-years-old account for the most dog bite accident victims every year, followed by letter carriers.

Over the last two years, more than 5,500 postal workers were attacked by dogs each year. For that reason, the U.S. Postal Service works with other safety advocates to make the third full week in May National Dog Bite Prevention Week. During this time, officials with the postal service, with the American Veterinary Medical Association and with State Farm work together to help to raise awareness about these kind of accidents.

Owners of dogs in Missouri face strict liability if their dog bites someone, regardless of whether or not it has happened before.

According to Missouri State Law:

The owner of a dog that bites another person is strictly liable for the damages that have been suffered by the victim. This holds true regardless of the former viciousness of the dog. Owners are also liable for any damage to property or livestock proximately caused by their dogs. If the victim has any fault in the bite, any damages owed by the owner of the biting dog shall be reduced by the same percentage that the damaged party’s fault contributed to the accident.

More Blog Entries:

$500,000 recovered for St. Charles County Dog Mauling, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, June 3, 2010

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Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC is a litigation law firm that represents individuals and families in serious personal injury and wrongful death claims throughout Missouri. We help people who have been injured in all types of accidents—including car or truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and much more. Whether your injury is something that can cause long-term issues like a brain injury or spinal cord injury, or it is something you’ll likely make a full recovery from, we are here to help.

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