When it comes to liability for dog owners whose animal has injured someone, Alaska follows the “one-bite rule.” What this means is that an owner can be held liable if their dog attacks or bites another person, even if the dog had never bitten anyone before. In other words, all it takes is one bite. What does need to be proven in Alaska is that the dog had the propensity to inflict an injury.
If a dog has already shown signs of aggression, the owner of that dog will be held to a higher standard for liability. The types of behaviors that are considered aggressive include:
- Having a history of biting people
- Exhibiting threatening behavior in the past
- Jumping on people
- Scaring neighbors or passers-by
- Being trained to attack or fight
Liability and Damages
To hold the owner liable for your injuries, you must prove that the dog’s owner knew or suspected the dog was aggressive. In many cases, people can demonstrate this by showing that the owner was aware that the dog had bitten in the past. But evidence of a prior incident is not necessary if other evidence shows the dog was aggressive or had a propensity to attack.
You might be able to recover the following damages:
- Medical bills. This includes all treatment costs related to the injury, including hospitals, doctors, therapy, and follow-up care.
- Lost wages and income. If your wound is serious enough, you might experience a significant amount of lost employment.
- Pain and suffering. This can include painful injuries as well as emotional reactions to the attack, including PTSD.
- Emotional distress. Victims of dog attacks are often emotionally scarred.
- Property damage. This can include torn clothing, broken glasses, and any property victims might have been carrying at the time of the attack, such as a cell phone.
Call an Anchorage Dog Bite and Dog Attack Attorney
If you were bitten or attacked by a dog, an experienced attorney can help protect your right to recovery of damages. Call Ben Crittenden at 907-885-6032 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.