But ecommerce simply augments the usual business lawyers can have in the dog bite niche. Overall there are about 4.5 million human beings in America bitten annually. The average claim, according to the Insurance Information Institute and State Farm, is $33,230.
But, where there are deep pockets, there's more.
Consider, for example, how it's becoming increasingly common for pet parents to bring Fido into the store. In Arizona, where dogs can't be left alone in cars, they are all over all kinds of stores, including grocery.
Suppose Fido takes a chunk out of child's cheek. Of course, the Kroger's supermarket chain can possibly be a defendant. So could the dog trainer. Has the brand of food the dog regularly eats triggered aggression?
Since adopting rescue dogs is so in, that multiples exponentially the possibility of dog bites. And lawsuits. Few adopting parents know what that animal has been through.
My rescue LOV, I found out, likely had been through plenty. It took about 18 months of socialization and love to stop the biting. He was even banned from my Alcoholics Anonymous homegroup after biting two members at one meeting. The leader feared a lawsuit. Fortunately, no one did sue.
Where I now lease in eastern Ohio, the complex requires a rider for dogs on renters' insurance. When I owned my own home, the insurance company excluded coverage for certain breeds of dogs.
The dog bite niche, like real estate closings, can be a useful entry-level service to acquire a long-term client.
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