Jump to Content

Dog Bites: Costing America Millions

/ Dog Bites, Personal Injury /

Dog Bites: Costing America MillionsNEW YORK – Nearly a million people are sent to the hospital every year after suffering injuries stemming from a dog bite. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates the number of people to have been bit by a dog to be much more, nearly 5-million people.

“About 885,000 people require medical attention for dog bite-related injuries,” the CDC states on its website. “Half of these are children.”

Although the percentage of severe dog bites has decreased over the past decade, injuries are becoming more and more costly. According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), dog bites accounted for more than one-third of all homeowner’s insurance liability claims paid out in 2013 and cost more than $483 million.

“Dog bites can be physically painful and on top of the physical and emotional pain, they can sometimes be disfiguring and expensive, especially in New York,” dog bite lawyer Ross Cellino said.

The III estimates the average claim cost in New York at over $50,000.

Recently, a celebrity “dog whisperer” was sued after a woman suffered disfiguring injuries from a pit bull just days after the dog was released from the celebrity’s “Dog Psychology Center.”

New York dog bite lawyers say children and adult men are most at risk of suffering a vicious dog bite and offer preventative safety tips:

-Do not approach an unfamiliar dog

-Do not run from a dog or scream

-Remain motionless

-Don’t allow children to play with a dog unless under adult supervision

-Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first

While these tips are best practices around any type of dog, bites cannot always be prevented and a dog bite victim may rely on legal assistance to fully recover, physically, emotionally and financially.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Client Thanks

I would like to thank your firm for representing our family on behalf of my late husband. This whole process was, at times, difficult for us and sometimes painful. But, we were always in good hands as Brian and Maria are two of the hardest working and sincerest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. They did a tremendous job.

Read more →

Recent Tweets

  • Police detective who struck and killed a pedestrian near has been placed on administrative leave. What we know…
  • After several incidents involving self-driving test , is Congress ready to pass a bill that would set the stan…

Social Accounts


Office Locations

350 Main Street
2500 Main Place Twr
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 888-8888
(800) 888-8888
Map & Directions

Grider Street Office
451 Grider Street
Buffalo, NY 14215
(716) 888-8888
(800) 888-8888
Map & Directions

Garden City
600 Old Country Rd
Suite 412
Garden City, NY 11530
(800) 888-8888
Map & Directions

420 Lexington Ave
21st Floor
New York, NY 10170
(800) 888-8888
Maps & Directions

532 Broad Hollow Road
Melville, NY
(800) 888-8888
Map & Directions

16 W. Main Street
Powers Building, Suite 600
Rochester, NY 14614
(585) 888-8888
(800) 888-8888
Map & Directions


Free Case Evaluation

Fields marked with a * are required
↑ Top