Alaska probably has more dogs per capita than any other state, which is all well and good until a dog attacks someone. Nationwide, over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year. Unfortunately, children seem to be the most common target of dog attacks. Being attacked by a dog is a very traumatic experience that often leaves both physical and emotional scars on the victim. Victims often require both medical and psychological treatment to fully heal from an attack.
Injury claims against dog owners are usually defended and paid by the homeowner’s insurance providing insurance coverage for the home of the dog. Critical evidence includes proof that the dog owner knew or should have known of the aggressive nature of the dog, and that he or she did not act reasonably to protect others from the dog’s attack. The claim will also require testimony from treating doctors, therapists, and counselors regarding the nature of the injuries, treatment, and the victim’s prognosis for the future. Claims often also address the cost of future scar revision and other future medical care.
Douglas G. Johnson has handled numerous dog attack cases throughout his career, and knows what it takes to obtain fair compensation for his clients. Call today for a free consultation. (907) 277-3090.