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California Tops States in Number of Dog Bites in 2018

California has the unhappy distinction once again of being the top state in the nation for dog bite injuries. According to recent data from the Insurance Information Institute (, Californians presented 2,166 dog bite claims in 2018, with each claim averaging $45,543 for a total of $98.6 million. That’s nearly double the closest-ranking state—Florida—where 1,281 dog bite claims totaling $56.2 million were filed. There were 17,297 dog bites throughout the United States, resulting in $675 million in claims.

These claims, notes the III, were not just for dog bite attacks, but also included other non-bite injuries caused by dogs. For example, injuries that occur when a dog knocks down a child, a bicyclist, or an elderly person, are included in overall figures by the III.

If you have been bitten or otherwise harmed by a dog, the Law Offices of Edward J. Babbitt, APC, are here for you. We provide aggressive representation to dog bite victims, helping them reclaim their lives and collect damages against the at-fault party.

Staggering Dog Bite Statistics

Dog bite liability claims accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners’ insurance claims in 2017. And of those injured by dogs in 2015, 28,000 people were attacked so viciously that they required reconstructive surgery in the days and weeks following the attack.

Americans love dogs. There are around 90 million dogs kept as pets in this country, says the III. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that around 4.5 million people are bitten in the U.S. each year. Children face the highest rates of dog bite injuries, especially children from ages 5 through 9. In more than half of the instances, dog bites occur at home and among dogs that know the victim.

The Most Dangerous Dogs

Although any dog is just an animal—and naturally subject to the temperament and impulses of an animal—some dogs are involved in more fatal attacks on humans than others. To underscore the danger presented by the unpredictable pit bull, consider that of the 430 reported deaths due to dog mauling in the U.S. from 2005 through 2017, 284 of those deaths were a result of a pit bull attack. The other dangerous breeds combined do not total the number of fatalities claimed by this breed, including the rottweiler, German shepherd, American bulldog, mastiff/bullmastiff, husky, lab, boxer and Doberman pinscher, says Forbes. The pit bull, although just accounting for 6.5 percent of the total dog population of the U.S., rendered 66 percent of all fatalities.

Dog Bite Victim? Let Us Help

Nothing is scarier than being attacked or mauled by a vicious dog. Dog bite injuries leave behind both physical and mental scars, and the aftermath of a dog bite can leave you with psychological trauma that lasts a lifetime. The Law Offices of Edward J. Babbitt, APC, wants to help. Schedule your appointment for a free case consultation with our San Diego dog bite attorney now.