According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog each year in the United States. Most dog bite victims are young children between 5 and 9 years old. Dog attacks can lead to severe physical and emotional damage.
In fact, one in five victims of dog bite attacks requires medical attention for their injuries. If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog due to the negligence of the owner or landlord, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. It’s important for dog bite injury victims to have their claims reviewed by an experienced Alaska dog bite attorney.
Our personal injury attorneys have handled all types of dog bite claims. With offices in Anchorage and Wasilla, we proudly serve all of Alaska. We invite you to call or contact us online to schedule a free, confidential consultation to get your questions answered.
Steps to Take After Suffering a Dog Bite
If you are a resident of Alaska and are the victim of a dog biting incident, taking steps to document the incident shortly after the attack can help strengthen your lawsuit. Some suggestions include:
- Seek medical attention immediately.
- Find out if the dog that caused the injury has been vaccinated for rabies.
- If possible to do so safely, take a picture of the dog that attacked you.
- Try to find out if the dog has a history of being aggressive and if it has attacked others in the past.
- Take photographs of your injury.
- Write down the names of any witnesses who saw the attack and take a photo of the place where the attack occurred.
- Do NOT provide any information to an insurance agent or company without consulting an attorney.
- Report the dog attack to your local animal control center or police department. Be sure to write down the time you called and the name of the person you spoke to about your injury.
This last point is quite important. Reporting the bite attack to police establishes a documented record of the event and when it allegedly took place.
Talk with An Alaska Dog Bite Attorney Before You Talk to the Insurance Company
Dog bite laws vary by state, municipality, and city, so it is important to have the help of an experienced Alaska attorney who understands the animal bite laws in your area.
Insurance companies often ask dog bite victims to sign a “release,” which eliminates the injured party’s right to seek compensation for their injuries. Some insurance providers also ask victims to sign a medical authorization to obtain their medical records and bills. It is important that Alaska injury victims do not sign any documents without first speaking to an Alaska dog bite attorney — as these kinds of actions can negatively impact your lawyer’s ability to collect proper compensation on your behalf.
It must be emphasized that any information that you provide to an insurance company can and will be used against you. Insurance companies and their adjusters may act like they are your friend, but they are NOT. They are not evil or scheming, but they do have a job to do and that job is to pay you as little money as they possibly can. They are highly skilled and are trained to obtain confidential information from you when you are in a vulnerable position.
An experienced dog bite attorney will serve as a barrier against those questions, and will often prefer that you just re-direct any insurance-related inquiries directly to the attorney.
Free, Confidential Consultation with an Alaska Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog due to the negligence of the owner or landlord, please contact Crowson Law Group online or by email, or at 855-677-9393 (toll free), 907-677-9393 (Anchorage) or 907-519-0193 (Wasilla) to speak with our Wasilla or Anchorage personal injury lawyers. Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We want to help.