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How Common Are Dog Bite Injuries?

Since last year, the number of dog bite claims filed across the US has dipped 7.2% to 15,352 total claims. Dog bites are one of the most common reasons for homeowner liability claims, and account for Dog Growlingover one-third of those claims. Despite the slight decrease in the number of incidents filed, the average cost of those claims has risen roughly $5,000 in the same time period. That's due to a combination of bigger settlements and increased medical expenses. And in total, the average cost of a dog bite injury claim has nearly doubled since 2003. Even though the total number of incidents has slightly decreased, one modern innovation is bringing more risk to a certain group—online shopping and mail carriers. It's a classic TV and movie stereotype, but for many mail carriers the threat of dog bites is a very real part of their work day. If you're expecting a package, be sure to keep your dog safely inside and away from any confrontations with the delivery driver—both your dog and the driver are just trying to do their job, after all. Besides that, be cautious of introducing your pets to new environments, and warn young children not to bother animals who are sleeping or eating. Even the sweetest dog can bite in a moment of fear. #dogbitepreventionweek2016 #dogbiteinjury
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