The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that about 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog each year in the U. S. And, that dog bite victims are commonly children between the ages of 5 to 9 years. With the popularity of dogs in Alaska, the state of is certainly not immune to such dog bite injuries. According to a report provided by the State of Alaska’s Section of Epidemiology (SOE), the rate of hospitalization as a result of dog bites in Alaska was at 3.9 per 100,000 people between 2001 and 2011; totaling to 292 hospitalizations. It should be noted that Alaska’s rate remains almost a full point higher than the national rate of 3.1 hospitalizations per 100,000 people. The report further stated that most of the dog bite injuries in Alaska occurred in the Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna area.
It should be noted that a dog bite can lead to lacerations of soft tissues, severe infections that may result in disability and partial or complete traumatic limb amputation. Another risk of a dog bite injuries is the transmission of the rabies virus that occurs through contact of infected saliva with broken skin or mucous membrane. It is important for dog bite injury victims to know that if they were bitten by a dog as a result of the negligence of the owner or landlord, they may be entitled to compensation for their losses. Dog bite injuries fall under personal injury law and thus it is necessary to have your claim reviewed by an experienced Wasilla dog bite personal injury attorney.
It’s important to be aware that a dog bite victim in Alaska can recover compensation if a dog owner or landlord is found to be negligent. Alaska is a ‘one bite state’, which means that a person can be held responsible for a dog attack if the dog had the dangerous potential to inflict such an injury and the dog owner or landlord knew about this or should have known about this.
Crowson Law Group is a law firm of professionals with experience handling all types of dog bite claims. With offices in Anchorage and Wasilla, contact the Crowson Law Group for a complimentary strategy session and case evaluation.