Dog Bite | Animal Behavior Expert Witness For Attorneys

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

“Bringing the science of animal behavior to attorneys”


Widget not in any sidebars

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.

Tips on Choosing an Animal Behavior Expert Witness in Dog Bite Lawsuits

Most dog bite attorneys realize the potential value of retaining an animal behavior expert witness. Namely, an experienced and well-qualified animal behavior expert witness may be the difference in whether anRead More

Dog bite or scratch? – Expert opinion

Occasionally there may be uncertainty about whether the injury inflicted to  a person was caused by a dog bite or scratch.  This issue occasionally arises in dog bite litigation.  Below,Read More

Canine expert witness opinion on aggression in a Bernese Mt. Dog

Q.  Dr. Polsky: I understand that you are a canine expert witness on dog bites. I am contacting you because my parents recently adopted an 18-month-old male Bernese Mountain dogRead More

Dog bites child on airplane in Arizona: Concerns about about dog bite safety

A dog bites child incident a Southwest flight in Arizona raises new questions about dog bite safety. Below, I opine about an incident that happened on a Southwest flight departingRead More

Expert opinion about provocation in a Golden retriever knock-down in Florida

Expert opinion about provocation as a defense in dog-bite injury lawsuits has been discussed elsewhere on this website. In the article below, I will summarize a lawsuit In which theRead More

Pit bull mauling in California: Dog bite expert opinion

Below, I share  the correspondence received from an extremely distraught owner as a result of the vicious pit bull mauling in California.  In this incident, the owner and his wifeRead More

Dog bite expert opinion on strict liability in California & Arizona

In this post, I discuss the value of expert opinion from an animal behaviorist in dog bite litigation, specifically focusing on the states of Arizona and California.  I choose theseRead More

Expert opinion about the California dog bite statute

California dog bite law (Civil Code 3342) specifies that a dog owner be held legally liable for damages if  their dog bites and injures another person.  In select cases, expertRead More

Expert opinion about temperament tests and predatory aggression in dogs

Temperament tests are widely used to determine the “adoptability” of shelter dogs.  Popular temperament test currently in use include the”EthoTest”, the SPCA “SAFER.” test, the “Am I Safe” test, andRead More

Landlord Dog Bite Liability in a California Pit Bull Attack

Dogs with aggressive tendencies who reside on a rented property raise serious legal concerns for property owners. Property owners need to be concerned about landlord dog bite liability.  Aggressive dogs poseRead More