In 2012, more than 4.7 million Americans suffered a dog bite injury. Insurance companies across the United States paid $489 million dollars to dog bite victims. State Farm, one of the nation’s largest insurers, claims that it paid $108 million for 3,670 dog bite claims in 2012—an overall average of $29,428 per claim. One hundred twenty-one of those claims were paid in Georgia.
Georgia earned a number nine spot in State Farm’s 2012 list of top ten states for dog bite claims. Following are the results:
- California – $17.1 million for 451 claims, average claim of $37,916
- Illinois – $9.0 million for 337 claims, average claim of $26,706
- Texas– $4.3 million for 236 claims, average claim of $18,220
- Ohio – $5.0 million for 235 claims, average claim of $21,277
- Pennsylvania – $4.5 million for 165 claims, average claim of $27,273
- Michigan – $4.6 million for 151 claims, average claim of $30,464
- Indiana – $2.7 million for 148 claims, average claim of $18,243
- Florida – $7.1 million for 123 claims, average claim of $57,724
- Georgia – $3.3 million for 121 claims, average claim of $27,273
- New York – $6.4 million for 116 claims, average claim of $55,172
As an Atlanta dog bite lawyer at Kaufman Law, I find these statistics particularly alarming because the victims are often young children. One 2012 dog bite victim, four-year-old Bryton Carson, of Donalsonville, Georgia, was attacked outside his home by a bulldog that was abandoned when its owner moved away. Children like Bryton account for half of dog bite fatalities.
If your child suffered a dog bite injury, you deserve justice and fair compensation. Contact an Atlanta personal injury attorney to learn more about your rights. To schedule a free consultation, please call Kaufman Law, P.C. today.