Animal Injury Expert Witness



Legal Briefs


According to the American Pet Products Association’s (APPA’s) latest market research, 68 percent of US households include at least one pet. The APPA states that US pets include 90 million dogs and 94 million cats. According to a study from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States each year, and 800,000 of those bites result in medical care. The U.S. population is approximately 328.2 million people as of 2019. Unfortunately, there are no global estimates of dog bite incidence, but one thing is sure — children are at a higher risk of being bitten than adults. In the middle- and low-income countries, dog bites account for 76–94% of overall animal bites.

When it comes to dog attacks by breed, the Pit Bull is responsible for the highest number of them in the US. Pit bulls have killed 248 people over 13 years, and the Rottweiler comes in second place with 45 recorded fatalities for the same period. The German shepherd is also responsible for inflicting 20 fatal injuries, and even some breeds that aren’t considered to be aggressive have killed people, i.e the Labrador Retriever is responsible for nine deaths Source:

What I Can do for Your Case

An animal injury and dog bite expert can support your case by:

 Evaluating and often video-recording the animal and owner for jury presentation

 Working with medical experts to evaluate the extent of the injury as it relates to the dog’s motivation and response to cause harm

 Determining through interviewing the owners, neighbors, persons who have observed the dog, etc. as to what training, or lack thereof, may have been completed

 Evaluation – direct evidence of the seriousness of the attack and the dog’s intention to do harm