Dog Bites Cost $29K Each State Farm alone paid out $109M in claims last year By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted May 17, 2012 6:17 PM CDT 16 comments Comments Down, boy. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Dog bites are costly things: The nation's insurers paid out about $479 million in claims in 2011, reports AP, which rounds up a hodge-podge of related nuggets: State Farm alone paid $109 million to settle 3,800 dog bite claims in 2011, and both figures were up from 2010. The average claim nationally is estimated to be $28,799. Worst states: California, 527 claims, $20.3 million; Illinois, 309 claims, $10 million; Texas, 219 claims, $5.1 million; and Ohio, 215 claims, $5.4 million. Dog bites cost the post office about $1 million a year, though kids in general are far more likely to be bitten than a carrier.