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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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.

What behaviors trigger facial dog bites to humans?

Dog bite lawsuits often arise as a result of facial dog bites. Serious facial dog bites are almost always devastating for the victim, particularly if the victim is a child.Read More

DNA Fails to Identify Stray Dogs Involved in Texas Fatal Dog Attack

DNA analysis is the standard in canine forensics when the identity of dogs involved in a fatal dog attack is uncertain. DNA analysis is nearly 100% accurate provided the forensic evidence (blood,hair,Read More

Recent fatal dog attack statistics in the United States

Approximately 30-40 fatal dog attacks on people are recorded each year in the United States. Most animal behavior experts believe that the majority of these instances are highly preventable. ThisRead More

Criminal prosecution for fatal dog bite to toddler by Doberman in Michigan?

Behavioral screening is absolutely necessary to ensure that a dog can be safely adopted.  This code of conduct applies to whoever is trying to adopt a dog, whether it be a privateRead More

Expert opinion on dog bite law in California & Arizona

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

Criminals, dangerous dogs and expert opinion about a Nevada fatal dog bite

I have always placed a great deal of emphasis using findings from studies published in the animal behavior literature in formulating opinions as a dog bite expert.  Thus, I read with interestRead More

California Dog Bite Statistics

Hospitalizations and emergency room visits by people bitten by a dog in California have increased markedly in recent years, according to new dog bite statistics published on the website maintainedRead More

Pit bulls seized from fighting rings in CA. not necessarily vicious

Any dog in California seized from an illegal fighting ring in California will no longer be considered inherently vicious according to recently enacted legislation.  A welcomed new law, California Assembly Bill #1825, was approved andRead More

Study finds dog bites by stray dogs serious problem in Dallas, Texas

Research has demonstrated that people living in areas areas of low socioeconomic status are bitten and attacked by dogs more frequently than people in neighborhoods of greater affluence. This in part promptedRead More

Choose the best expert witness for your police dog bite lawsuit

There are two kinds of expert witnesses an attorney may use to render expert opinion and testimony in police dog bite lawsuits. First, there is an animal behavior expert.  Second,Read More