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Compensation for dog bites has increased since last year

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The number of dog bite injuries in the United States decreased by 0.9 percent in the year 2007, according to a recent report by the Associated Press. However, the amount of money awarded to dog bite injury victims for their injuries rose by 11.5 percent, bringing the national average to $24,511 per dog bite injury claim. According to CNN Money, one in every three homeowner insurance claims involves a dog bite injury.

A flight attendant on a private jet is seeking $5 million in compensation after a dog belonging to Jennifer Lopez bit the attendant’s pant leg, causing her to fall and injure her back. J.Lo had the German shepherd on the plane as a guard dog.

Dog bites can cause serious physical and emotional damage, especially if the dog bite injury victim is a child. In the United States, more than 60 percent of those suffering dog bite injuries are kids, according to Consumer Affairs.

Our Toledo, Ohio dog bite attorneys have seen the devastating effects that dog bite injuries can have on a person, including open wounds, permanent scarring, the need for plastic surgery, and emotional distress. We have handled hundreds of dog bite injury cases, and know how to avoid the traps insurance companies set to ensure they provide as little compensation as possible. If you or someone you love has suffered a dog bite injury, we urge you to learn your rights by ordering our FREE Ohio Dog Bite Book by calling our office. You can also speak to an attorney free of charge, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.