According to a report on Bloomberg, a national insurance company has paid out a staggering for dog bite compensation claims in the United States. State Farm Insurance, a leading US based insurance firm, paid out $109 million (£173 million) from more than 3,500 dog bite claims made by its customers in 2011. The Insurance Information Institute projects that nearly $479 million in claims for dog bite injuries were paid across all US insurance firms in 2011, up on the 2010 figure of $413m. It's not surprising that the state of California, America's most populated state by dog owners, topped the insurance claims list. A spokesman for the insurer said: About 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year and more than half of the victims are children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. About 800,000 people seek medical attention for the bites. Less than half of those people require treatment and about 16 die, the agency said. After children ages 5 to 9 years old, the agency said that seniors represent the largest group at risk, followed by members of the US postal service.