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Ohio Supreme Court: ‘Dangerous Dog’ Label Not Needed for Prosecution

A dog suspected of posing a danger to people does not have to carry an official “dangerous dog” label under state law for prosecutors to charge an owner for violating the law, the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled. As long …

Bedbugs Join Dogs, Deer, Birds, Cats in Keeping Insurance Claims Folks Up at Night

Dogs remain the undisputed champions at generating insurance claims, while deer, birds and cats are contributing their share of mayhem as well. But according to a review of 470,000 insurance claims over five years by Allianz Global & Specialty, bedbugs …

Dog Bite Claims Cost Insurers $700 Million

Dog bites and other dog-related injuries accounted for more than one third of all homeowners liability claim dollars paid out in 2017, costing almost $700 million. That’s according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) and State Farm, the largest writer …

Tennessee Dog Bite Claims Totaled $9.4 Million in 2016

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) and the United States Postal Service have issued a reminder to Tennessee homeowners to obey leash laws to avoid costly dog bite insurance claims this year. For 2016, the Insurance Information Institute and …

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 …