Dog-related injury claims cost more in 2022 despite fewer recorded incidents, according to a report from the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I).

 Total costs for dog bites and related injuries reached a staggering $1.3 billion for 2022, with costs per claim increasing 32% YoY to reach an average of $64,555. However, there were 2.2% fewer dog-related injury claims made in 2022. Responsible dog ownership was cited as the cause of the decline, with the Triple-I attributing this improvement to education on canine behaviour. To reduce biting incidents and other aggressive dog behaviour, Triple-I suggests recognising dog triggers and starting training sessions early. The institute also says pedestrians should never approach a barking or growling dog, and should ask the dog’s owner for permission before petting unfamiliar dogs. Read more >>> Cost of dog bite & injury claims grew by double digits in 2022 | PropertyCasualty360