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Number of Dog Bite Insurance Claims Falls But Average Claim Rises to $37K

The cost of dog-bite claims for U.S. insurers climbed 16 percent last year on higher medical expenses and larger settlements to resolve court disputes. The average claim increased to $37,214 in 2015 from $32,072 a year earlier, according to the …

How Police Dog Bites Woman Became a Federal Case

Dog bites man may not be a news story — but in nine western states, it’s grounds for a constitutional case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has allowed a lawsuit by a woman who fell asleep …

Maryland Senate Approves Compromise Bill on Liability for Dog Bites

The Maryland Senate has approved a compromise bill on liability for dog bites. The House has already passed the bill, so it will go to the governor’s office for a signature. The bill would hold dog owners liable for biting …

Dog Bite Liability Measure Advances in Maryland Senate

Maryland’s Senate advanced a measure on Wednesday that would hold dog owners liable for bites, but protect those who can prove they didn’t know their dog was dangerous. The bill, which could get a vote in the Senate as early …

Maryland Lawmakers Seek Compromise on Dog Bite Legislation

A new bill from Maryland’s state Senate would hold the state’s dog owners liable when their dogs bite “innocent victims,” but would also relieve owners who prove they couldn’t know their dogs were dangerous. This marks the Maryland General Assembly’s …

On a Leash: Dog Bite Insurance Claim Trends

Dog bites accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners insurance liability claim dollars paid out in 2012, costing more than $489 million, according to the industry’s Insurance Information Institute (III) and insurer State Farm. While the number of claims …