Richard Polsky is an exceptionally well-qualified dog bite expert and animal behavior specialist. He has over 30 years of experience working with companion dogs. He possesses a doctoral degree in animal behavior. Moreover, he is well-published in peer-reviewed journals in animal behavior. He has testified in court as an expert witness on canine behavior on numerous occasions. These unique qualifications set Dr. Polsky apart from other self-titled animal behavior experts and K-9 behavioral specialists.
Dr. Polsky’s qualifications
Dr. Polsky earned a Ph.D. in animal behavior from the University of Leicester. This was followed by six years of postdoctoral study in animal behavior at the University of Birmingham in England and later at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Dr. Polsky has applied behavior therapy to thousands of canines and felines in private practice in Los Angeles, California. He has worked on numerous occasions with aggressive Rottweilers, Pit bulls, German shepherds, Cane Corsos, Bullmastiffs, and other breeds capable of inflicting severe personal injury.
Attorneys have retained Dr. Polsky on numerous occasions. His work as an animal behavior expert witness has helped attorneys gain favorable outcomes for their clients on numerous occasions.
Dr. Polsky has been retained equally often by the plaintiff’ and defense in civil cases. His work as an expert witness in criminal cases has been equally split between the prosecution and the defense. Most of his assignments in criminal matters have involved fatal dog attacks.
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Dr. Polsky’s approach
Dr. Polsky places a strong emphasis on proffering expert opinions based on the findings and principals taken from the animal behavior and canine behavior literature. He uses these findings in combination with the discovery from any given case to form opinions that are non-speculative and likely to be believed by the trier-of-fact.
Dr. Polsky answers these FAQ about canine behavior & dog bite litigation
- Were sufficient precautions taken by the dog owner to protect public safety?
- Was the incident foreseeable?
- Did the police handler have his attack-trained K-9 under control?
- Are attack-trained police K-9s inherently dangerous animals?
- Did the dog possess the temperament to be safely adopted?
- Did the dog owner act with callous disregard for public safety?
- Was the injury to the plaintiff caused by a bite or scratch?
- Are pit bulls inherently dangerous animals?
- Did the property owner know about the dog’s dangerous propensities?
- Was the dog properly managed?
- What purpose do leash laws serve?
- Did the plaintiff provoke the dog to bite?
- Are wolf hybrids safe to keep as pets?
- Are the defendant’s or plaintiff’s version of events credible?
- Was the incident foreseeable?
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Assignments for Dr. Polsky
Canine expert witness services provided by Dr. Polsky include consultation, documentation review, report writing, declarations, dog and property inspections, deposition and trial testimony, and wound evaluation.
How to retain Dr. Polsky
Dr. Polsky’s fee schedule will be forwarded upon request. Download his curriculum vitae.
About this Website
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Websites relevant to K-9 expert witness testimony & dog bite litigation
- Wikipedia: The roles, and duties of an expert witness.
- Expert witness testimony and hearsay.
- Rule 702 and its impact on testimony by expert witnesses, Cornell University Law School
- When should an attorney hire an expert? FindLaw.
- How to qualify an expert witness, HG.org
- How to cross-examine an expert witness: American Bar Association.
- Animal Behavior, a top-rated academic journal. Peer-reviewed studies on dog behavior.
- The science of dog behavior, Wikipedia.
- The attorney-expert work product protection under the federal rules
- California limitation on an expert’s ability to rely on hearsay evidence
- Preparing experts Post-Sargon: Expert opinion cannot be speculative or based on conjuncture
- Experts – They’re not just for trial
- Be prepared to meet your expert
- Summary of the law and code sections pertaining to the use and disclosure of experts
- New standards for expert testimony in California