Insurance Information Institute Has Released Incorrect Dog Bite Information

The Insurance Information Institute has released incorrect information pertaining to the increase in dog bite payouts from 2006 to 2007. Their web page entitled Dog Bite Liability states, “In 2007 dog bites cost insurers $356.2 million, up 10.5 percent from the previous year.” 

The reference to 10.5 percent is incorrect. In 2006, insurance payouts were $351.4 million according to their own reports. See the Insurance Information Institute, Dog Bite Liability, from the Internet Archive dated September 29, 2006, which states: “In 2006 dog bites cost insurers $351.4 million, up 10.8 percent from the previous year.” In fact, therefore, the increase from 2006 to 2007 was only $4.8 million, or slightly more than 1%. This is nowhere near 10.5 percent.