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What is the typical value of a dog bite claim?

Every case is different and recovery depends on the value of a claimant’s losses. The greater the extent of injury, the greater the potential for a large settlement or verdict.

Research by healthcare and insurance industry experts provides some frame of reference for dog bite claim value. According to a study of hospital inpatient stays and emergency room visits, the average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay (adjusted for inflation) is $20,000. The Insurance Information Institute, on the other hand, says that the average value of a dog bite-related homeowner’s insurance claim is just under $30,000.

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