Dog Bite | Animal Behavior Expert Witness For Attorneys

Richard H. Polsky, PhD, CDBC
Los Angeles, California

“Bringing the science of animal behavior to attorneys”


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Uncategorized Dog Bite Injury Blog

A blog for attorneys & dog bite victims by animal behavior expert, Richard Polsky, PhD. The dog bite injury blog was created to report current news about injury caused to people as a result of being attacked by a canine. An animal behavior perspective is used. Stories for inclusion have been carefully chosen based on where the incident happened, the breed of dog involved, the nature of the injury, legal implications, and whether a canine fatality occurred.

Police dog bite attack on innocent bystander settles for $225,000 in Washington

Police dog bite attacks on innocent bystanders frequently happen, but the magnitude of the problem remains largely unknown.  The reason why innocent bystanders are frequently attacked is not difficult toRead More

Alaska regulates wolf hybrids

In an effort to eliminate all remaining wolf hybrids from Alaska, the Department of Board of Game in Alaska in 2002 tightened rules and made it illegal to own, breedRead More

Dog bite negligence: Was the dog properly managed?

In dog bite lawsuits, expert opinion may be needed to determine if the dog owner or  property owner acted in a negligent  fashion.  As such, expert opinion usually focuses onRead More

Great Dane dog bite attack on child in Wisconsin pet store

Inquiry To Dr. Polsky My son was recently bitten by a Great dane on his face and head at a local pet friendly store in Appleton, WI. The incident happenedRead More

Great Dane dog bite attack on child in Wisconsin pet store

Pet store not liable for dog bite injury in New York

The policy of most pet shops, including the large national chains, such as Petco and Petsmart, permits pets into the stores restricted on leash while their owners shop. This policy,Read More

Was the dog attack foreseeable?

In dog bite lawsuits, the term foreseeability is used to determine whether the behavior of the dog was predictable or a behavior that could have been expected in a given set ofRead More

Did the dog possess dangerous tendencies?

In dog bite lawsuits attorneys frequently use the term “vicious” and “dangerous” interchangeably as though both meant the same.  However, from an animal behavior perspective a vicious dog is not necessarily theRead More

Did the victim provoke the dog?

Dogs are sometimes provoked into biting humans. If this is suspected by defense counsel than a defense of provocation defense potentially counter strict owner liability under California’s dog-bite statute, CivilRead More