Maryland and DC Animal & Dog Bite Attorneys
A dog bite or animal attack is a traumatic event that leaves physical and emotional scars. It is crucial to obtain guidance and advocacy from experienced attorneys who understand dog bite laws in Maryland and DC and know how to secure the compensation you deserve. At Costello & Edwards, we possess the skills and resources to handle every step of the legal process, and you don’t pay any fees out of pocket. We handle dog bite cases on a contingency fee basis meaning we only get paid in the event of a settlement or court verdict.
Common Injuries in Animal Bite Cases
While the types of injuries sustained in animal bite cases vary in severity, some of the more commonly seen injuries include:
- Broken Bones
- Eye Damage
- Head and Neck Injuries
- Puncture Wounds
- Nerve Damage
- Facial Injuries
- Head Injuries
Steps to Take After an Animal Attack
An animal attack can quickly turn chaotic. It is important to your health as well as your future claim for compensation you follow the following steps:
- Obtain Medical Care: If the bite broke the skin, it is necessary to seek medical care. You will likely be prescribed antibiotics and given a tetanus shot. If the bite is severe enough, stitches, surgery, and a consultation with a plastic surgeon may be necessary.
- Take Pictures: While it is understandable taking pictures may not be the first thing you think of after an attack, it is crucial to your future claim you take them as soon as possible after the bite occurs.
- Obtain Contact Information: If you can safely do so, gather the contact information of the animal owner and property owner where the attack occurred. Your medical provider, law enforcement, and an attorney will need this information.
- Obtain Witness Information: Obtain the names and contact information of any witnesses. Witness statements can help prove the bite was not provoked and can make a crucial difference in your ability to obtain compensation.
- Contact Animal Control and Local Law Enforcement: Local law enforcement and animal control should make a report of the incident. Your local animal control likely records and track dog attacks.
- Contact Costello & Edwards: Contact our firm to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
Animal Attack? Dog Bite? Contact Costello & Edwards Today
If you have been bit by a dog or other animal, please contact our firm today at 301-925-9080 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We are eager to use our skills and knowledge to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.