While the probability of getting bitten by a dog seem pretty negligible … it is actually a lot more common and a lot more serious than most people think. Over the last 11 years more than 360 people have died due to bites and wounds caused by an attack by a dog. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 4.7 million dog-bite incidents occur in the United States every year. Of those 4.7 million attacks, 800,000 of these Americans will seek medical attention — half of these are children — and 386,000 of these Americans will need emergency medical treatment. These extremely high statistics have made it one of the most common claims for homeowners insurance. Statistics show that insurance companies pay over $1 billion in dog- bite claims each year.