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New Jersey Dog Bite Claims Increased in 2014

By Lependorf & Silverstein on December 23, 2015

Man’s best friend may also be his greatest liability. Every year, out of control pooches cost insurance companies and their policyholders millions of dollars in damages. Just last year, insurance giant State Farm forked over $115 million in dog bite damages. Over a five-year span, the company has doled out $528 million in recovery claims. Accidents involve range from minor puncture wounds and lacerations to fatal dog attacks. So, how does New Jersey rank in all this?

The Garden State is 10th in the nation when it comes to dog bite claims. That is up from the previous year, which saw our state in 15th place. In total, New Jersey saw a little over 100 claims in 2014, totaling $6.4 million in damages. That is also a significant jump from the 86 claims handled in 2013. The state also ranks 4th in total payouts; up from 6th place in 2013.

If you’ve been injured in a dog attack, it is important to get help as soon as possible. First, contact the authorities or animal control. To file a successful claim, it is critical to get an official report. You’ll also want to seek medical attention immediately following the encounter. Health records can go a long way in supporting a personal injury claim.

Finally, you should contact the New Jersey dog bite attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. to discuss your legal options. We’ve helped many people through injuries and can be there for you.

We can be reached at (609) 240-0040.

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