Monday, June 12, 2017

Tennessee Insurers Paid $9.4M on Dog Bite Claims Last Year

Posted By on Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 2:04 PM

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Tennessee insurance companies paid close to $9.4 million on dog-bite claims last year, according to  the Insurance Information Institute and State Farm.

The information was presented in a Monday news release from the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI). The release says "as the dog days of summer approach" that "leash laws can be a homeowner’s best friend when it comes to preventing costly dog bite insurance claims this year."

Last year, insurance companies here paid on more than 300 dog-bite claims, according to the state. Nationwide, more than 18,000 dog-bite claims were paid, totaling more than $600 million.

“One way to help lower the risk of dog-bite injuries is to always obey local leash laws and be a responsible pet owner," said TDCI Assistant Commissioner Michael Humphreys in a statement. "Such actions protect our friends, neighbors, and postal letter carriers who deliver our mail, rain or shine.”

The Postal Service’s Tennessee District noted that postal carriers report more dog bites in June than any other month. The postal district recommended that dog owners secure their pets during business hours and to put dogs in a separate room before receiving mail from mail carriers.

Finally, the postal district reminds that "children and other family members [should] not to take mail directly from the letter carrier in the presence of the family pet. The dog may view the letter carrier’s gesture as threatening."

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