Slideshow 10 States with the Most Dog Bite Claims in 2012

  • May 15 2013, 11:22am EDT
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According to a study recently completed by State Farm and the Insurance Information Institute, dog bits accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners insurance liability claim dollars paid out in 2012, costing more than $489 million. While the cost of settling dog bite claims went up by 1.2 percent last year, the overall number of claims fell by 1.4 percent. The average cost paid out for dog bite claims was $29,752 in 2012 compared with $29,396 in 2011. The following are the top 10 states with the most dog bite-related claims, ranked by number of claims.

10. New York

Number of claims: 116Estimated claims paid: $6.4 million

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9. Georgia

Number of claims: 121Estimated claims paid: $3.3 million

8. Florida

Number of claims: 123Estimated claims paid: $7.1 million

7. Indiana

Number of claims: 148Estimated claims paid: $2.7 million

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6. Michigan

Number of claims: 151Estimated claims paid: $4.6 million

5. Pennsylvania

Number of claims: 165Estimated claims paid: $4.5 million

4. Ohio

Number of claims: 235Estimated claims paid: $5.0 million

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3. Texas

Number of claims: 236Estimated claims paid: $4.3 million

2. Illinois

Number of claims: 337Estimated claims paid: $9.0 million

1. California

Number of claims: 451Estimated claims paid: $17.1 million