Dog Bite | Animal Behavior Expert Witness For Attorneys

Richard H. Polsky, Ph.D. CDBC
Los Angeles, California

“Bringing the science of animal behavior to attorneys”

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California dog bite expert for personal injury attorneys

On this page personal injury attorneys can learn more about California dog bite expert, Dr. RichardCalifornia dog bite expert witness

The curriculum vitae of Dr. Polsky can be found elsewhere on this website along with his Bio.  Contact information can be found here.

Attorneys interested in retaining the services of Dr. Polsky should telephone his office to check for conflicts. If there is no conflict, Dr. Polsky will be happy to talk you about your case and let you know whether his services could be of assistance.

Dr. Polsky is available for assignments throughout the USA.  Fees are consistent with his qualifications. Testimonials from attorneys can be found here.

The qualifications of Dr. Polsky include:

  • PhD in animal behavior; 
  • Published in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Certification obtained through an appropriate professional organization; 
  • 30+ yrs hands-on experience working with dogs & owners; 
  • Retained by criminal & civil attorneys on over 300+ occasions;  
  • Trial tested  –  50 + courtroom appearances

Issues  addressed include police dog behavior, particularly as relates to attacks on innocent bystanders.  Other issues include typical questions raised in personal injury lawsuits: namely, provocation, negligence, temperamental analysis of canine aggression, assumption of risk by the plaintiff,  what a property owner should have known about a dog’s dangerous propensities, and breed specific behavioral tendencies.

Dr. Polsky’s opinion on dog inspections

A frequently asked question raised by many attorneys during initial contact is whether dog inspections are necessary. Some dog bite experts feel they are essential but Dr. Polsky takes a more reserved position.

The bottom line is that they should be done as long as the dog is alive and the opposing counsel cooperative in allowing the inspection.  Nonetheless, dog inspections are not necessary in all cases.  The need for inspection should be determined on a case-by-case basis. Often is difficult to re-create the situation that occurred when a dog bite happened in order to determine if the dog had the tendency to engage is a specific behavior that caused injury to the plaintiff.  For example, this happens when  two dogs engage in fighting and the plaintiff who is nearby is bitten.  In cases like this circumstantial evidence will  probably suffice.

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