Dog and Animal Issues

In the United States, over 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year, and nearly 17% of these bites require medical attention. When a dog bites or attacks someone, the dog's owner is responsible for the injury. If you are the victim of a dog attack, you need to know your legal rights.  We can also assist owners of dogs who have bitten or attacked people with the tender of defense to their insurers if claims for injuries are pursued by the dog-bite victims.  In the past we have been able to obtain insurance coverage and defense, even where the insurance policy was canceled because the cancellation was without notice to a client.

You may be able to claim compensation for injuries inflicted by a dog or other animal, depending on where the incident occurred (laws concerning animal bites vary by state, county, and city). Our firm can help you determine your rights under these various laws, request compensation, or tender the claims or defense to insurers.

Barking dogs or dogs which are allowed to wander loose can also constitute a nuisance, and often gives rise to neighbor disputes.  We have frequently represented families living near noisy or unrestrained animals in amicably resolving disputes with their neighbors over such issues.  Where such resolution is not possible, we also can represent individuals with claims against their neighbors, or against whom claims have been made, in pursuing or defending against such claims.  In such cases it may be possible to obtain an injunction stopping such disturbances, or even monetary damages.
If you have been accused of owning a problem animal or if an animal has injured you or a family member or is causing a nuisance, contact us online at , or call us at 925-935-3575 to make an appointment for a FREE consultation.

We serve the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Mehlman Law Group is centrally located in Walnut Creek, on the border with Concord, in Contra Costa County, California. Our office is easily accessible with ample free parking.

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Mehlman Law Group
3050 Citrus Circle, Suite 203
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

(925) 935-3575
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