Pennsylvania Had 4th Highest Number of Dog Bite Claims in 2015

In the first minute you spend reading this article, over eight people will be bitten by dogs in America. About 4.5 million people are bitten a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That means that dogs bite approximately 12,300 people every day, 513 people every hour, and eight people every minute around the clock. There were over 15,000 dog bite claims in 2015, with a total claims value of over half a billion dollars.

How many dog bite claims did Pennsylvanians make in 2015?

Pennsylvania had the fourth highest number of dog bite claims in 2015, with 794 claims. While Pennsylvania ranked higher in 2015 than it did in 2013 and 2014 (it was number 5 both years), it actually had fewer dog bite claims than it had in 2013 (909 claims) or in 2014 (861 claims).

While the number of claims was higher in 2013 and 2014, the average cost per claim in Pennsylvania was lower ($29,078 in 2013 and $26,211 in 2014) than in 2015.

The 794 claims victims in Pennsylvania made in 2015 totaled $24.2 million, which seems astronomical, but is actually only four percent of the nation’s $571 million.  

How does this compare to U.S. dog bite claims?

The average dog bite claim value in Pennsylvania in 2015 was $30,509. This average is quite low, compared to some other states.

It is:

  • $14,000 less than New York (number 3 on the list)
  • $3,000 less than Illinois (number 2) $14,400 less than California (number 1)
  • $7,000 less than the average value for the 10 states with the highest number of dog bite claims ($37,856)
  • $26,000 less than the Arizona, which had the highest dog bite claim value in the nation (number 9 on the list)

It is also much less than the average for the bottom 40 states ($36,600) and the national average ($37,214).

What does this mean for dog bite claims around the nation?

While the national average cost of a dog bite went up 94 percent from 2003 to 2015, the number of dog attacks actually decreased by 9.3 percent.

While the number of dog bites seems to be decreasing in both Pennsylvania and nationwide, many people are still at risk.

Where can I get help after a dog bite claim?

A dog attack can be traumatizing and can affect every aspect of your life. Fortunately, you can recover compensation for any damages you sustained, such as medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, mental anguish, etc.

If you have been bitten by a dog in Pennsylvania and want to discuss filing a claim, call the dog bite attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC to schedule a free consultation. Call us at 215-642-2335 today.