One of the largest home insurance companies in the country has recorded a spike in California dog bite claims. State Farm recently indicated that the number of claims in the state increased by 31 percent in 2011, with the insurer paying out $20.3 million on 527 claims, reported the Los Angeles Daily News.
“In California, landowners may be held liable for the expense of treating a dog bite victim’s injuries and recovery,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “especially if they knew or should have known that the animal posed a threat to others.”
After a dog attack, victims are often able to seek compensation for their injury or loss through the homeowner’s insurance policy. While California surpassed other states in the amount paid out in dog bite claims in 2011, increases were also recorded on a national level: the total paid out for such claims by all insurers rose from $413 million in 2010 to $479 million in 2011, according to the Insurance Information Institute.