Alaska Nursing Home Laws

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Nursing Home Negligence & Abuse

Statute of Limitations Alaska Stat. § 09.10.070

  • Two years from the date the injury occurs. If the injured is, at the time the action accrues, a minor or mentally incompetent, the statute of limitations is delayed.
  • The statute of limitations for claims for sexual abuse is delayed during any period of incompetency, and may extend beyond three years.

Medical Malpractice

Statute of Limitations Alaska Stat. §§ 09.10.070 and 09.10.140

  • Two years from when injury is first discovered. Infants have until their tenth birthday to file.

Wrongful Death

Statute of Limitations Alaska Stat. § 09.55.580 (1996)

  • Two years

Damages Caps

  • Alaska Stat. § 09.17.010: Non-economic damages cap include pain, suffering, inconvenience, physical impairment, and loss of enjoyment of life. Generally, these damages are capped at $400,000 or $8,000 multiplied by years of life expectancy of the injured, whichever is greater. In cases involving permanent impairment, there is a cap of $1,000,000 or $25,000 multiplied by years of life expectancy, whichever is greater.
  • Alaska Stat. § 09.17.020: The punitive damages cap equals $500,000 or three times compensatory damages, whichever is greater. If the defendant was motivated by financial gain or knew the consequences of their actions, the cap is four times the non-economic damages or $7,000,000, whichever is greater.
  • Moreover, if a person receives an award of punitive damages, the court will require that 50% of the award be deposited in the general fund of the state.

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