Ohio is number three in the country for dog bite injury claims, according to insurer State Farm.
The insurance company saw 211 claims in Ohio in 2016, a 42 percent increase over the previous year. The claims totaled more than $7.5 million dollars and pushed the state from fifth to third on the insurer's list of top states.
Indiana ranked eighth with 137 claims totaling $3 million. Kentucky is not among the top 10 states for dog bite claims. California was the top state for claims.
Nationwide in 2016, State Farm paid more that $121 million as a result of 3,660 dog bite claims, an increase of 15 percent. The average dog bite claim is almost $36,000.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States. DC estimates half of all children fourteen and younger have been bitten by a dog.
The CDC estimates half of all children 14 and younger have been bitten by a dog and the rate of dog-bite–related injuries is highest for those 5 to 9 years old.
The United States Postal Service also saw an increase in dog bite incidents from the year before - 6,755, which was 200 more than in 2015.
Four of the top 30 cities for dog bites on letter carriers are in Ohio – Cleveland (3rd, 60 bites in 2016); Columbus (15th, 39 bites in 2016); Cincinnati (25th, 24 bites in 2016); Akron (28th, 21 dog bites in 2016).
Top 10 States for dog-related injury claims
California: 433 claims, $16.8 million
Illinois: 323 claims, $13.9 million
Ohio: 211 claims, $ 7.5 million
Pennsylvania: 200 claims, $ 4.8 million
Texas: 168 claims, $ 3.1 million
Michigan: 167 claims, $ 4.4 million
New York: 156 claims, $10.4 million
Indiana: 137 claims, $ 3.0 million
Georgia: 125 claims, $ 3.4 million
Minnesota: 122 claims, $ 3.3 million
Source: State Farm
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