California Dog Bite Statistics

California dog bite statistics tell a grim story, one very familiar to our San Diego, CA, law firm. Our attorneys have successfully represented dog attack victims and their families, and we have first-hand experience with the devastation that can be wrought by vicious animals.

If you or a loved one have been harmed in a dog bite incident, please take advantage of our free case evaluation for victims.

Dog Bite Statistics

The Center for Disease Control reports 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States each year, and about 1 in 5 injuries require medical attention. A surprisingly large number of these attacks take place in California.

Dog attacks were the cause of more than one-third of all home insurance claims in 2015, totaling $571.3 million. According to information published by the Insurance Information Institute and State Farm, California had the most 2015 claims for dog-related injuries of all states - a staggering 1,684 claims costing $758 million.

The United States Postal Service reported that there were more dog attacks in Los Angeles than any other U.S. city, and San Diego was third on the list. Their top 30 list from 2014 included several other California cities, including Sacramento and San Francisco. A total of 5,767 postal employees were bitten by a dog that year.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, dog bites were the 11th leading cause of non-fatal injuries for children under four years of age., a nonprofit public information website, conducted a study of dog bite fatalities from 2005 through 2012. Their report found that 28 of 251 total deaths occurred in California, which was second only to Texas. Additionally, pit bulls were responsible for over 80 percent of the California deaths, and the breed accounted for 82 percent of all dog attack deaths nationwide, with Rottweilers involved in another 9 percent.

Dog Attacks Involving Children

Children are a primary target for dog bites. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, dog bites were the 11th leading cause of non-fatal injuries for children under four years of age between 2003 and 2012.

According to, 41 percent of dog fatality victims in 2015 were children aged 9 and younger. A tragic accident occurred recently in San Diego when an infant was killed by the family dog, which had been adopted a few months earlier.

Legal Help for Victims and Families

Many San Diego families suffer catastrophic injuries after a dog attack. Injured victims often require extensive medical treatment, including plastic surgery and psychological counseling. Families who lose a child to this type of wrongful death face a lifetime of emotional pain.

Our firm provides resources for families and legal representation for dog attack victims. We can help maximize your compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

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Our attorneys can help secure compensation for your losses following a devastating dog attack. Please contact our law firm today to schedule a complimentary consultation.