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Dog Bites

Anchorage, Alaska Dog Bite Law

Injuries from Dog Bites and Animal Attacks

The office of Greg Grebe handles serious dog bite cases. Dog bites can cause lifetime disfigurement. Surgery, plastic surgery and even psychological treatment may be necessary for significant cases. Occasionally a dog can be responsible for the death of someone.

Children are especially vulnerable to dog bites, being small, trusting and naturally attracted to animals. They also suffer the worst injuries, particularly bites on the face and arms. A child's face may be at the same level as the dog's teeth. Dog owners who have not taken the necessary steps to restrain or supervise their pets may be responsible for personal injury if the dog bites or attacks an innocent child or adult.

The Law Office of Gregory J. Grebe in Anchorage has represented clients throughout Alaska in litigation over dog attacks. More than 30 years of experience in personal injury and dog bite law has helped recover full compensation for serious injuries, physical and emotional scars that can last a lifetime. Call 1-800-490-3946 to discuss a possible claim for:

  • Treatment of serious dog bites
  • Infections, nerve damage, and painful rabies vaccinations
  • Scarring, disfigurement, and reconstructive surgery
  • Other injuries in fending off or escaping an attack
  • Emotional trauma

Alaska Dog Bite Law

Dog bite laws in Alaska is not the same as other states. Some states allow "one free bite". In Alaska, there may be a case for violation of the leash law if you are in Anchorage or a city with a leash law provision. Anchorage does have a leash law. If a dog is running loose and attacks, the owner could be liable for injuries, even if the animal never bit anyone before.

If the dog was tied up and had no known propensity for viciousness, it is more difficult to collect damages. Other cases may require evaluation of past conduct of the dog. Had the dog bitten anyone before? Was the dog aggressive? Was the dog kept under control? What did the dog owners know about their dog?

If the dog was in an area controlled by a management company then someone may be responsible for not enforcing the rules against loose dogs and aggressive dogs.

Sometimes the insurance company will fight these cases more than you would expect. And, sometimes the lawyers hired by the insurance company go to great lengths to avoid responsibility.

Do not assume that just because your child was viciously attacked that the insurance company has any concern for you or your child. For some insurance companies, it is more important to defeat your claim than to pay it.

One of my first cases I worked on (Alaska Village, Inc. v. Smalley) involved a young girl whose cheek and part of her nose were ripped off in a horrific mauling by a neighbor's dog. A recovery of $880,687 for damages against owners of the trailer court was upheld by the Alaska Supreme Court because the owners did not enforce their own rule against vicious dogs. If you experience a vicious dog attack, also notify Animal Control.

If you need a lawyer who is prepared to fight for your rights. Give us a call.

If you or your child suffered a dog bite, let me determine if you have a case. I offer a free consultation, including after-hours appointments, at 1-800-490-3946.

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