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Akita Dog Bite Injury Lawyer

If you or a family member have been injured by an Akita dog bite in New York, you may have a case to recover compensation. At the Porter Law Group, we understand the physical and emotional trauma caused by dog bites.

Our experienced lawyers are committed to holding the dog's owner accountable for your injuries and securing compensation for your pain and suffering, disfigurement, emotional distress, and other economic losses. 

Call us to discuss your case; we operate on a no-fee basis – you only pay if we win. Our approach ensures that our services are accessible to those who need them most, without the burden of upfront costs.

History of the Akita

The Akita, originating from Japan's Akita Prefecture, boasts a rich history dating back to the 1600s. Initially bred for hunting, this breed is revered in Japanese culture as a symbol of good fortune and well-being.

The Akita's survival through challenges like World War II and its subsequent international recognition, particularly in the United States, highlight its resilience and adaptability. The breed's fame is further cemented by the legendary loyalty of Hachiko, an Akita who displayed extraordinary devotion to his owner.

Characteristics of Akita Dogs

  • Size and Build: Akitas are large and powerful dogs, known for their muscular build.
  • Intelligence: Akitas are highly intelligent, which makes them responsive to training but also means they can be willful.
  • Energy Levels: They possess a moderate to high energy level, requiring regular exercise.
  • Protective Nature: Their protective instincts can sometimes lead to aggressive behavior if not properly managed.

Their Temperament

  • They tend to be wary around unfamiliar people, which can manifest as aloofness or caution.
  • This breed has a strong territorial nature, often making them excellent watchdogs.
  • Akitas have a natural hunting instinct, which requires careful management in domestic settings.
  • They are known for their independence and can be stubborn, emphasizing the need for consistent training.

Do Akita Dogs Have Aggression Problems?

Akitas are a breed with a complex temperament, and their behavior can be influenced by various factors. While not inherently aggressive, certain traits inherent to the breed can manifest as aggression if not properly managed.

Owners should be aware of and recognize signs of discomfort or stress in their Akita, as these can precede aggressive reactions. Early intervention when these signs are noticed can prevent escalation.

Attack Statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States each year. More than 800,000 of these bites require medical attention due to their severity.

Akitas, as a large and powerful breed, have been involved in a number of serious incidents. Specifically, there have been 70 reported attacks and 8 fatalities attributed to Akitas. These attacks often occur in domestic settings, with most incidents involving children in their own homes. The Akita is listed on the Potentially Dangerous Dogs (PDD) list due to these statistics. In the broader context of U.S. dog bite statistics, the Akita falls in the middle of the pack in terms of frequency and severity of attacks. 

What are the Different Types of Dog Bites?

  • Nips and Scratches: Minor injuries that may not break the skin.
  • Puncture Wounds: More serious, can lead to infections.
  • Lacerations: Deep cuts or tears in the skin.
  • Crush Injuries: Occur when a dog bites and doesn’t let go, potentially damaging muscles, bones, and nerves.
  • Rabies and Other Infections: Bites can transmit diseases, making medical attention crucial.

What are the Dog Bite Laws in New York?

New York follows a mixed "one-bite" rule under the Agriculture and Markets Law, specifically Section 123. This means a dog owner may not be liable for the first bite by their dog, but only if they had no reason to believe the dog was dangerous. However, this is balanced by a strict liability clause for medical costs. Regardless of the dog's previous behavior, the owner is held strictly liable for any medical expenses resulting from a dog bite.

Additionally, New York has a Dangerous Dog Law. According to this statute, if a dog is classified as "dangerous," the owner's liability increases. This classification comes into play in situations where a dog inflicts injury or demonstrates behavior that a reasonable person would consider as posing an imminent and serious threat of physical injury or death.

Victims of dog bites should report the incident to local authorities and may have the right to take legal action to seek compensation for their injuries.

Contact an Akita Dog Bite Injury Attorney

If you or your loved ones have experienced a traumatic incident involving an Akita dog bite in New York, it's crucial to seek the right legal support. At the Porter Law Group, we specialize in handling cases specifically related to dog bite injuries, including those involving Akita. Our experienced attorneys understand the unique challenges and legal nuances of these cases.

We are here to guide you through the legal process and ensure you receive the compensation and justice you deserve. Contact the Porter Law Group at 833-PORTER9 or email us at info@porterlawteam.com. Our team is dedicated to supporting and representing you in your time of need.

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