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Alaska Dog Bites & Animal Attacks

If you have been bitten by someone else’s dog, you already know the trauma such an injury can cause. In addition to physical wounds, you may feel emotionally distressed. And your injuries may prevent you from working or doing other day-to-day tasks. You may be able to collect compensation for your losses. An Alaska dog bites lawyer can help.

Dog Bites in Alaska

Dog bites are a serious problem in Alaska. According to a State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin, between 1991 and 2002, dog bites resulted in:

  • 9 nine deaths
  • 288 hospitalizations

These numbers are much higher than reported elsewhere in the nation. The dog bite laws in Alaska, however, are not strict liability.

Instead, Alaska follows the "one bite" rule. A dog owner is not liable the first time his or her dog bites someone. But dog owners are liable if their dogs have a known history of vicious behavior. Personal injury lawyers who work with Alaska dog bite cases are well versed in pursuing these types of lawsuits.

Should You Accept a Settlement?

The dog's owner, or his or her insurance company, may offer you a settlement to resolve the incident. There are advantages and disadvantages to settling out of court. You generally can collect settlement money much faster than a trial award. If you settle, however, you may not get as much money as you stand to win in court. Of course, it is important to remember there is no guarantee of that. Some find a trial to be more emotionally satisfying. Others may find a trial to be more stressful. Your Alaska dog bite lawyer can help you weigh the pros and cons of a settlement offer.

Locate a Local Alaska Dog and Animal Bites Attorney

If you have been bitten by someone else's dog, you deserve to be compensated for your losses. Dog bite attorneys deal with cases like yours every day. Call now to speak with an Alaska animal attacks lawyer at 877-913-7222.