Dog Bite | Animal Behavior Expert Witness For Attorneys

Richard H. Polsky, PhD, CDBC
Los Angeles, California

“Bringing the science of animal behavior to attorneys”

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Statistics & costs associated with dog bite injury

  • The average dog bite costs insurance claims paid for dog bites was $24,840 in 2008-2009 compared with $19,162 in 2003 which represents a 29.6% increase;
  • The average cost of hospitalization for a dog bite victim in 2008 was $18,500;
  • For emergency room care rendered to dog bite victims, Medicare and Medicaid was the source for 27% of the dog bite costs; more was paid through private insurence companies (45%).
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