If you are like a lot of people who live in Oregon, you may have one or more pets. Whether cats, dogs, birds, fish or some other type of animal, it is not uncommon to develop strong attachments to these members of the family. However, this does not negate the potential harm that an animal can cause. Dogs are often in the spotlight when it comes to injuries experienced by humans. Dog bites can create serious injuries and even result in the death of people. There is also a high cost associated with dog attacks.

In a report published by KTVZ earlier this year, the average cost of insurance claims related to dog bites increased by 5.3% from 2017 to 2018 across the United States. In 2017, the average per claim cost was just over $37,000. In 2018, that amount grew to more than $39,000. The Insurance Information Institute indicates in 2018, a total of $675 million was paid out from insurance claims due to dog bites.

Also in 2018, Oregon residents made a total of 184 dog bite claims to homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policies. Payments on these claims amounted to $5.1 million. Some insurance companies may choose not to renew a policy after an incident and others may even have breed exclusions.

If you would like to learn more about the steps you should take after you or someone you love has been injured after being bitten by someone else’s dog, please feel free to visit the animal attack assistance page of our Oregon personal injury and dog bite website.