In observance of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, Seattle dog attack injury attorney Andrew Kim shares the newest dog bite statistics and facts.

Learning from National Dog Bite Prevention Week

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Last week, State Farm Insurance released their annual dog bite claim statistics in observance of National Dog Bite Prevention Week – the third week in May. Other organizations, including the United States Postal Service, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the ASPCA, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), also shared statistics in order to educate the public and increase awareness of dog bite injuries and dog attack prevention.

Here are some of the most interesting new statistics to come out of National Dog Bite Prevention Week:

  • Fifty percent of all children in the United States will suffer a dog bite injury before their twelfth birthday. 
  • There are 78.2 million dogs living in the United States today. 
  • About 5,600 postal workers are attacked by dogs each year while delivering mail – injuries that cost an estimated $1 million in medical bills. 
  • There were an estimated $479 million in dog bite injury insurance claims in 2011. 
  • Last year, 3,800 dog bite injury claims were filed by dog bite injury victims. 
  • Texas had the third-highest number of dog bite injury claims filed last year – with 219 claims at a cost of $5.1 million. 
  • Houston had the third-highest number of attacked postal service workers of any city in the country in 2011 – with 47 dog bite injuries last year. 
  • The age group most likely to be attacked by a dog is young children, ages 5 through 9.

Have you or your child suffered a dog bite injury in Washington State? You may wish to speak with a Seattle dog attack injury attorney during a free, private consultation. Call Andrew Kim today to discuss your dog bite claim.

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