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State Farm Ranks SC as 26th in Dog Bites

Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on May 19, 2014 in Premises Liability

State Farm has released their yearly review of dog bite claims and has ranked South Carolina as 26th in the nation for the number of claims paid out in 2013.

Over $2.3 million were paid out last year for dog bite claims in the Palmetto State; California led the nation with nearly $15 million in dog bite claims paid out. According to State Farm, more than 2,700 dog bite claims were made throughout the U.S., many of which were preventable.

State Farm released the information in correspondence with National Dog Bite Prevention Week which kicked off on May 18. The American Veterinary Medical Association uses the week to educate people on preventing dog bites.

Dealing with an aggressive or unknown dog can be a frightening moment for most everyone, including a dog owner. In order to protect yourself or you someone you love from being bitten, consider taking the following precautions:

  • Do not approach an unfamiliar dog, if possible call for Animal Care and Control as the dog may be a danger to others.
  • Avoid making eye contact with an unfamiliar dog or one that approaches you.
  • Do not run or scream from a dog.
  • If an unknown dog approaches you, try to remain calm and still.
  • Should a dog run you down or begin to attack, fall to the floor and curl into a ball covering your ears. Do not scream or roll around.

Children should be taught how to prevent dog bites as well, they are the most common victim of these types of claims. Additionally, adults and children should never bother a dog when they are sleeping, eating or caring for puppies.

If you or someone you know has been bitten by a dog on someone else's property, seek medical attention right away.

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