Super Lawyers 2014
  • BETHLEHEM, PA
    140 E. Broad Street
    Northampton County
    Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018
    610-866-0469
  • STROUDSBURG, PA
    45 North 7th Street
    Monroe County
    Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 18360
    570-421-0893
  • PERKASIE, PA
    1282 Route 113
    P.O. Box 178
    Bucks County
    Perkasie, Pennsylvania 18944
    215-257-4842
  • ALLENTOWN, PA
    Lehigh County
    Allentown, Pennsylvania 18104
    610-432-4160
  • EASTON, PA
    Northampton County
    Easton, Pennsylvania 18042
    610-258-6470
  • LANSDALE, PA
    Montgomery County
    Lansdale, Pennsylvania 19446
    215-368-5545
  • LEHIGHTON, PA
    Carbon County
    Lehighton, Pennsylvania 18235
    610-377-2134
  • QUAKERTOWN, PA
    Bucks County
    Quakertown, Pennsylvania 18951
    215-538-5350

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DOG ATTACK SETTLEMENTS

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LEGAL REPRESENTATION

Why do I need to hire a Pennsylvania dog attack attorney to represent my son who has been attacked by a Rottweiler in Monroe County PA?

  • The negligent dog owner is represented by an experienced insurance adjuster.
  • That employee is evaluated on how quickly he/she can settle your Monroe County PA dog attack case and for as little money as possible!
  • What are your legal qualifications to serve as a PA dog bite lawyer in dealing with this insurance company expert?

Is there a difference between a personal injury lawyer and a Pennsylvania dog bite attorney?

  • Anyone can claim they are a personal injury attorney by handling a few car crash or slip and fall cases.
  • A PA dog attack attorney must be totally knowledgeable regarding Pennsylvania dog laws.
  • The lawyer for dog attacks in PA has represented PA dog attack victims in 25 different Counties!

Where has Attorney Newell represented Pennsylvania dog attack victims?

  • The attorney for dog bites in Pennsylvania has had the honor of representing PA dog victims in the following 25 Counties:
  • Adams County

    Beaver County

    Berks County

    Bucks County

    Bradford County

    Carbon County

    Cumberland County

    Chester County

    Dauphin County

    Erie County

    Franklin County

    Lancaster County

    Lebanon County

    Lehigh County

    Luzerne County

    Lycoming County

    Monroe County

    Montgomery County

    Northampton County

    Northumberland County

    Philadelphia County

    Pike County

    Schuylkill County

    Westmoreland County

    York County

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOG ATTACK MEDICAL BILLS

A mixed breed dog bit me in the arm as I was trying to protect my cockapoo in Lehigh County PA. Who pays for my medical bills?

  • If you have medical insurance, your health insurance company will initially pay for your medical expenses.
  • The PA dog bite injury lawyer will then seek to obtain medical bill reimbursement from the negligent dog owner’s insurance company.

How do I get reimbursed for my co-pays and deductibles after my Bucks County PA dog attack?

  • Most homeowners insurance contracts have a coverage entitled “med-pay”. This coverage is usually $1,000.00 or $5,000.00 and is used to compensate the victim for out-of-pocket medical expenses.
  • Your PA dog bite attorney will obtain the medical records and bills. He will then itemize your personal dog attack expenses for the insurance carrier.

Am I required to repay my insurance company for medical bills they paid due to my dog bite wounds?

  • Yes.  The health insurance companies typically have a “subrogation” and/or “reimbursement” clause that requires them to be repaid from the proceeds of your PA dog bite case settlement.
  • The Pennsylvania dog attack lawyer aggressively fights the health insurance company to get as much of a discount as he can obtain re: the subrogation lien.

PA DOG LAW

Who has the legal ability to file charges under the PA Dog Law?

  • A Pennsylvania County Dog Warden
  • A Pennsylvania State Trooper or a local police officer
  • Any person who has been attacked by a dog or whose dog has been killed or severely injured by another dog.
  • The Pennsylvania dog bite lawyer has attended many District Justice hearings on behalf of his PA dog attack victims.

A German Shepherd bit me in Carbon County, PA. How long does this vicious dog need to be quarantined?

  • Section 459-502 of the PA Dog Law requires a minimum of 10 days of isolated confinement to ensure that the attacking dog does not display signs of rabies.
  • The PA Dog Law does not require that the quarantined dog be taken away from its owners.

DOG ATTACK CONSULTATION

Will the PA dog attack lawyer come to my home in Monroe County PA to review my Poconos dog attack case with me?

  • The Pennsylvania dog bite attorney provides a free HOME consultation to every Pennsylvania dog attack victim whose case he has decided to accept.

In what PA Counties will the PA dog bite injury attorney provide a free home consultation?

  • As a Pennsylvania dog attack lawyer, Thomas J. Newell, Esquire will provide a free home consultation to a dog mauling victim in any of the 67 Pennsylvania counties once he has concluded that he will accept the PA dog bite case.

How many Pennsylvania Counties has Attorney Newell represented PA dog bite victims in?

  • As of November 2015, the attorney for dog attacks in PA has been honored to serve as legal counsel for PA dog attack victims in these 25 counties:

Adams County

Beaver County

Berks County

Bucks County

Bradford County

Carbon County

Cumberland County

Chester County

Dauphin County

Erie County

Franklin County

Lancaster County

Lebanon County

Lehigh County

Luzerne County

Lycoming County

Monroe County

Montgomery County

Northampton County

Northumberland County

Philadelphia County

Pike County

Schuylkill County

Westmoreland County

York County

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAILURE TO CONFINE

 

A roaming Akita attacked my daughter while she was jogging in Montgomery County, PA. Is this a violation of the PA Dog Law?

  • Yes. Section 459-305 is the “Failure to Confine” statute. The negligent dog owner is in violation of subsection (2) as the Akita was not firmly secured by means of a collar and chain.
  • The PA dog attack injury lawyer suggests you report the unprovoked dog attack to one of the two Montgomery County Dog Wardens.

My son was attacked by a neighbor’s Rottweiler while he was playing basketball in their Pike County, PA driveway. Was this dog properly confined?

  • No. The PA dog bite accident lawyer successfully argued these exact facts in a 2012 dog attack case in Monroe County. The Monroe County Court of Common Pleas affirmed a District Justice’s decision that the dog owner was guilty of failure to confine and she was fined for this violation of the PA Dog Law.

DANGEROUS DOG

A vicious pit bull attacked my child in Delaware County, PA causing severe injuries. Is there a dangerous dog law in Pennsylvania?

  • Yes. Section 459-502-A is the “Dangerous Dog” statute. The pit bull owner would be found guilty if:
    • it was an unprovoked attack and
    • the pit bull had a prior history of attacking or the district justice found the facts of this Delaware County PA case established a propensity to attack.

Can there be a dangerous dog finding after the Delaware County dog attack even if there is no proof of prior vicious propensities?

  • Yes. Section 459-502-A (2) (ii) permits the judge/district judge to find that violation based upon the facts of the attack itself without the need of proof of prior vicious propensities.
  • The lawyer for dog bites in Pennsylvania believes that many district justices prefer having evidence of a prior attack in order to convict under this section of the PA Dog Law.

PRIOR ATTACKS

My son was attacked by a boxer in Carbon County PA. If there is proof of a prior attack, will that help our PA dog bite case?

  • Yes. The Pennsylvania dog attack attorney will contact the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Harrisburg office. Attorney Newell will find out if there is any DOA record of a prior attack by this dog.
  • Proof of a previous attack will not only help the PA dog bite attorney with the liability portion of your PA dog attack claim, it may also help him establish a right to recover punitive damages.

My daughter was bit at a family party in York County PA. We know the Akita has attacked others in the past, what will the PA dog attack attorney do with this information?

  • The Pennsylvania dog bite lawyer will personally contact previous attack victims to get their testimony regarding the prior bite and their injuries. After the interview, he will draft an affidavit and forward it to the witness for their signature.
  • The PA dog attack injury attorney has been very successful in using evidence of prior vicious propensities to increase the value of the PA dog bite claim.

PIT BULLS

Is a “pit bull” a recognized breed of dog?

  • No. The breeds of dog that people generically call pit bulls are usually either an American pit bull terrier or an American Staffordshire terrier.

I was attacked by a pit bull in Monroe County PA. Will I receive a greater PA dog attack settlement amount because I was bit by a pit bull?

  • The defendant’s homeowners insurance company will negotiate with the PA dog bite lawyer and make every effort to settle the case before a PA dog attack lawsuit is filed.
  • While the key factor is the specific injury you suffered, it is the PA dog bite attorney’s experience that insurance companies place a high priority on settling Pennsylvania pit bull attack cases with him before a lawsuit needs to be filed.

If I go to a local shelter and adopt a pit bull, can my homeowner’s insurance company drop my coverage?

  • No. The PA Dog Law, Section 459-507A(d) states: “No liability policy issued pursuant to any act may prohibit coverage from any specific breed of dog.”

DOG ATTACK INFECTIONS

What are the signs that a dog bite wound has become infected?

  • hahnemannhospital.com identifies the following symptoms:
    • redness
    • swelling
    • drainage
    • pain
    • fever
  • The Pennsylvania dog bite lawyer encourages all PA dog bite victims to seek immediate medical care if any of these symptoms develop.
  • Some medical reports state that dogs and cats can pass on at least 30 different kinds of infections to human beings.

I was bit by a Dalmatian in Montgomery County PA. When I went to Mercy-Suburban Hospital, they gave me a tetanus shot. Is that normal?

  • Yes. Unless you have an up-to-date tetanus shot, they will give you a tetanus injection, especially if your skin has been broken by the dog’s teeth.
  • The Pennsylvania dog attack attorney advises all PA dog bite victims to promptly receive medical care.

DOG ATTACK FACIAL SCAR

According to Thomas Rohrer, M.D., a dermatologist and clinical professor at Boston University, you should:

  • Obtain professional medical care immediately after the dog attack
  • Keep the dog bite wound covered with a nonstick gauze bandage until it heals, unless your doctor advises to the contrary
  • Follow the surgeon’s recommendations re: which ointments to use and for how long
  • Avoid using hydrogen peroxide to cleanse the wound as it inhibits healing
  • Immediately notify your doctor if you see any sign of infection
  • The Pennsylvania dog bite attorney encourages all PA dog bite victims to seek immediate medical care if any of these symptoms develop.
  • Avoid sunlight, especially for the first 4-6 months post-bite

Which plastic surgeon should I take my daughter to see?

  • The Pennsylvania dog attack lawyer always recommends that your plastic surgeon should be “board certified” and very experienced in dealing with trauma caused facial wounds.
  • Many PA dog bite victims who are represented by the PA dog bite accident lawyer have been treated by a board certified plastic surgeon who has offices in the Lehigh Valley and Monroe County. Please contact him for more details.

SCAR REVISION SURGERY

What is scar revision surgery?

  • According to healthline.com, it is a surgery which cuts away scar tissue in order to remove or reduce the appearance of a scar.

Will I be put to sleep during the surgery?

  • Depending upon the complexity of the scar revision surgery, it can be done:
    • while you are awake (local anesthesia)
    • sleeping (sedated)
    • deep sleep (general anesthesia)

What does the plastic surgeon do to my scar?

  • The surgeon begins a series of small cuts (incisions) on both sides of the scar site. These create V-shaped skin flaps. The result is a thin and less noticeable scar because the wound closes after the surgery in a way that more closely follows your natural skin folds.

CONTACT W/ INSURANCE CO.

My son was attacked by a Rottweiler in Lehigh County PA. The dog owner’s insurance company wants me to give a recorded interview. Should I give them one?

  • Absolutely not! You have no legal obligation to do so and it would be contrary to the best interests of your son’s PA dog bite claim to give them the statement.
  • The PA dog attack accident lawyer never permits his PA dog attack clients to give a recorded statement to the dog owner’s insurance company.

I was bitten by a pit bull in Adams County PA. The defense adjuster wants me to sign a medical authorization. Should I cooperate?

  • No! The authorization they want you to sign undoubtedly gives them more access to your personal medical records than any court would order you to supply in this PA dog bite case.
  • The Pennsylvania dog bite injury attorney obtains a complete copy of his client’s medical records once all the medical care has ended.

The homeowner’s insurance company representative says I don’t need a PA dog bite lawyer for my Carbon County PA dog attack case. Why is he wrong?

  • His job on behalf of his employer and dog owner is to pay you as little as possible. He knows that without legal representation, your dog bite claim’s value is significantly reduced which benefits his company and the negligent dog owner.
  • Call the PA dog attack accident attorney today to schedule a free HOME consultation.

DERMABRASION SURGERY

What is dermabrasion surgery?

  • According to healthline.com, dermabrasion is a process to remove the top layers of the skin to make your skin more smooth.

Will I be awake during dermabrasion?

  • Yes, as most surgeons only use local anesthesia to numb the area he/she is working on.

How does the surgeon smooth out my skin?

  • The surgeon uses a special device to gently and carefully “sand” the surface of the skin down to normal, healthy and more smooth skin. An ointment is then placed on the treated skin to reduce scab formation.
  • Follow your surgeon’s advice on how long to avoid exposure to the sun after dermabrasion surgery has been performed.

DOG WARDENS

My daughter was mauled by a pit bull in Berks County. Who is the Berks County Dog Warden?

  • Edward Bunt. Call him immediately at 610-909-1173.
  • He will investigate the dog attack, speak with witnesses and decide if the PA Dog Law was violated.
  • The PA dog bite lawyer urges you to speak to your neighbors to see if any of them are aware of prior attack by this pit bull.

Do you have a list of County Dog Wardens for all 67 Pennsylvania counties?

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DISCLAIMER

The PA dog attack lawyer has aggressively represented PA dog bite victims in 29 Pennsylvania Counties. The content of this website is for informational purposes only and is NOT legal advice for your specific Pennsylvania dog attack claim. Settlements/verdicts in other PA dog bite claims were based upon the unique set of liability and damage facts of each case, as well as the law that existed at that time.

The PA Dog Law and the legal decisions regarding Pennsylvania dog bite lawsuits can change at any time. Attorney Newell strongly advises you to immediately consult with an experienced Pennsylvania dog bite lawyer to review the facts of your dog attack and the injuries you sustained. The PA dog attack attorney provides free home consultations to all PA dog bite victims whose cases he believes have legal and economic merit.

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PA Dog Attack News

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PA Dog Attack Attorney Speaks w/ Berks County Dog Bite Victim

On 10/19/15, the Pennsylvania dog attack lawyer provided a free consultation to a FedEx worker who was attacked by a pit bull while delivering a package in Birdsboro PA. After he dropped the parcel off, the deliveryman started to walk to his FedEx truck when the pit bull burst through the screen door and bit his leg. Hopefully, the Berks County Dog Warden will cite the pit bull owner for violating the PA Dog Law.

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Allentown PA Dog Attack Lawyer Consulted

On 10/6/15, your Allentown PA dog attack attorney was contacted by a man who was recently bitten by a dog in Allentown Pennsylvania. He was performing repair work at a home in Allentown when a neighbor let their pit bull out without a leash. The unleashed pit bull ran off its property and attacked the repairman. Hopefully, PA Dog Law charges will be filed vs. the negligent Allentown pit bull owner.

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Bucks County PA Dog Bite Injury Attorney Contacted

On 10/1/15, your Bucks County PA dog attack lawyer was contacted regarding a New Hope dog bite injury case. A small boy had put his face inside a crate that housed a family dog. The Pennsylvania dog bite attorney reviewed the PA Dog Law and its rules regarding “Failure to Confine” and “Harboring a Dangerous Dog.” Attorney Newell reviewed issues regarding PA dog bite liability laws.

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Poconos Dog Attack Victim Speaks With Attorney Newell

On Sept. 21, 2015, your lawyer for dog bites in Pennsylvania, Thomas J. Newell, Esq., spoke with a Monroe County, PA dog bite injury victim. As a result of the unprovoked dog attack, she suffered serious dog bite wounds to her right thigh which required surgery. In order to fully review her Pennsylvania dog bite claim, Attorney Newell will be providing her with a free consultation later this week.

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Towamencin Township Teenager Recovering From Dog Attack

On 9/14/15, Pennsylvania dog bite injury lawyer, Thomas J. Newell, Esquire, spoke with the mother of a teenage boy who was attacked by 2 German Shepherds as he was walking on a neighborhood sidewalk. Attorney Newell reviewed issues re: rabies vaccinations and legal liability in PA for dog attack injury claims.

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York County Dog Bite Injury Victim Speaks With Attorney Newell

On Sept. 1, 2015, a York County, PA dog bite injury victim called your lawyer for dog bites in Pennsylvania – Thomas J. Newell, Esquire. Attorney Newell reviewed the potential PA Dog Law violations and reminded the PA dog attack victim to give his full cooperation to the York City Animal Control Officer.

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Fed Ex Worker Bitten By Dog in Beaver County, PA

On Aug. 25, 2015, your Pennsylvania dog attack attorney spoke with a Federal Express worker who had been bitten by an unleashed German Shepherd while delivering a package in Monaca, PA. The PA Dog Law requires all dog owners to either confine their dog within their premises or have it firmly secured via a leash and collar.

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Quakertown PA Dog Attack

On Aug. 6, 2015, Bucks County dog bite attorney Thomas J. Newell, Esq. was contacted by a man who was bitten by an unleashed dog at a Quakertown, PA public park. The Bucks County dog attack victim received treatment for the dog bite wounds, including the administration of a tetanus shot. Police are considering filing charges per the PA Dog Law – Failure to Confine.

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Scranton PA Dog Bite Attack

On July 30, 2015, a Scranton PA dog bite injury victim contacted your dog bite accident lawyer in Pennsylvania – Thomas J. Newell, Esq. She and her service dog had been attacked by her neighbor’s unleashed pit bull. The vicious dog killed her service dog and knocked her down so hard that she suffered a concussion. Scranton’s Animal Control Office is investigating this unprovoked dog attack.

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Chester County Dog Attack

On May 21, 2015, your PA dog attack attorney received a telephone call from a woman whose cat was killed by an unleashed hound dog. The Kennett Square PA Police Department investigated the attack and, hopefully will file PA Dog Law violation charges. There is no personal injury claim for “emotional distress” in this situation.

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8 Yr. Old PA Dog Attack Victim in Serious Condition

On 5/1/15, an 8 year old girl was attacked by a pit bull in Sharpsburg, PA resulting in severe dog bite wounds to her arm. According to area police, the pit bull owner had to use a crowbar to pry open the dog’s mouth in order to release its jaws from the little girl’s arm. She is being treated at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

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Unaccountable/Reckless Dog Owners Strike Again

On 3/26/15, Randy Miller of The Express Times wrote an account of a March 22nd attack upon a collie mixed breed at an Easton dog park by 4 unrestrained dogs. The victim’s owner described the attacking dogs as pit bulls. Their owners fled the scene of the unprovoked attack without apologizing or identifying themselves!

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Chester County Dog Owner Sentenced to Prison

On 3/11/15, a Chester County pit bull owner was sentenced to
11-1/2 mos. to 23 mos. in prison. He plead guilty to using his pit bulls to attack people on 2 separate occasions in Coatesville, PA in 2014. Guilty pleas were entered on charges of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, simple assault and terroristic threats.

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Washington Township Child Attacked By Family Dog

A March 8, 2015 article published at lehighvalleylive.com described an unprovoked attack on a 3 year old child by the family’s Bull Mastiff. The dog attack victim sustained dog bite wounds to the top and back of his head.

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Montco Dog Attack Attorney Hired to Represent Young Girl

On 2/25/15, Montgomery County dog attack attorney, Thomas J. Newell, Esquire, provided a free home consultation to a Montgomery Township family whose daughter was bit by a dog several years earlier. The family had initially hired a Philadelphia law firm and were displeased with the apparent lack of progress with this dog bite claim. Your PA dog bite lawyer will be promptly advancing the case by obtaining all necessary medical records and evidentiary documents. Attorney Newell provides a free Home consultation to all of his Pennsylvania dog bite victims.

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Luzerne County Dog Owners Flee After Their Dog Attacks

A 2/21/15 article found at pahomepage.com highlighted the ongoing police investigation after a Nanticoke, PA man was mauled by an unleashed pit bull.  The irresponsible pit bull owners fled the scene of the unprovoked dog attack.  The dog owners were only identified after an extensive amount of media coverage regarding the pit bull attack.  PA Dog Law charges are being contemplated by local police.

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Family Dog Attacks Father & Son in Aliquippa

On Jan. 30, 2015, a police officer fatally shot a pit bull after it attacked a man and his son inside their Beaver County residence just outside of Aliquippa, PA. The Beaver County dog attack victims were treated at Pittsburgh area hospitals for their dog bite wounds.

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Dog Attack Victim in Phila. Leaves Officer & Civilians Injured

On January 4, 2015, 2 unrestrained pit bulls attacked officers, civilians and another dog before they were subdued by several Philadelphia Police Officers. One cop was bitten in the arm and received medical treatment at Hahnemann University Hospital.

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Pekingese & Owner Attacked in Philly

A Dec. 30, 2014 article from philly.com described a dog attack on Pine Street in Philadelphia that left a Pekingese seriously injured. An unleashed Cane Corso attacked the tiny dog, as well as its owner. The off-duty officer then drew his service revolver and fired at the Cane Corso to stop the unprovoked dog attack.

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Lehigh County Dog Owner Sentenced to Jail

On Dec. 11, 2014, an Allentown, PA owner of 2 pit bulls was sentenced to one to 23 months in Lehigh County Jail after her pit bulls mauled a 3rd victim. A 44 year old Allentown resident testified as to the 2/23/14 unprovoked pit bull attack. These same vicious dogs had bitten a 39 year old Allentown woman and her 65 yr. old mother in December of 2013.

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Adams County Dog Attack Victim Contacts Attorney Newell

On Dec. 9, 2014, PA dog attack lawyer, Thomas J. Newell, provided a free consultation to a relative of a young man who was bitten by a family member’s pit bull. Unfortunately, the pit bull owners were renters without any applicable insurance coverage. Therefore, there was no source of funds for Attorney Newell to pursue on behalf of the pit bull attack victim.

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Attorney Newell Represents Franklin County Dog Bite Victim

On Nov. 27, 2014, PA dog attack lawyer, Thomas J. Newell, Esq. was hired by the father of a 7 year-old girl mauled by a Great Dane. The little girl was petting the dog. As she was about to walk away, the vicious dog jumped up and bit her. The unprovoked attack left her with permanent facial scarring.

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Kunkletown PA Dog Attack

On October 27, 2014, Attorney Newell provided a free consultation to a Kunkletown, PA man who was attacked by a neighbor’s pit bull. The defendant dog owner had her pit bull on a leash but it broke free and pursued the man and his Siberian Husky. The Monroe County dog attack victim received treatment at Palmerton Hospital for dog bite wounds to his elbow.

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Dog Attack in NE Philadelphia

On Sept. 9, 2014, PA dog attack lawyer, Thomas J. Newell, Esq. provided a free consultation to a young woman from Philly.  She was walking outside her home when an unleashed & unsupervised pit bull attacked her. She was bitten on the leg. Doctors at Lower Bucks Hospital gave her antibiotics after cleansing the dog bite wounds.

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Lehigh Valley Dog Attack

On September 3, 2014, a dog owner from the Lehigh Valley called Attorney Thomas J. Newell after his dog had been attacked by his neighbor’s unleashed retrievers. Attorney Newell suggested that he contact Lehigh County Dog Warden Orlando Aguirre so that PA Dog Law charges could be filed.

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PA State Constable Attacked by Dog

On July 22, 2014, a Pennsylvania State Police Constable was allegedly attacked by a pit bull/boxer mix as he was serving legal papers in Butler Township, Luzerne County. The PA dog bite victim was treated at Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown for his dog bite wounds. The Luzerne County Dog Warden is investigating.

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Tethered Dog Attacks in Lawrence County

A 7/10/14 article from New Castle News reported on a 5 year old boy being bitten by a tethered St. Bernard-Akita mix. The New Castle area boy was playing catch outside when the tethered dog bit him multiple times in the face. The Lawrence County, PA dog bite victim underwent 3 hours of surgery at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.

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Crawford County Dog Attack Victim Aided by Neighbor

A June 25, 2014 report on yourerie.com described a recent unprovoked dog attack by a Rottweiler in Rome Township. A resident of Crawford County PA was attacked and bitten by the Rottweiler that was not secured by a leash. Another neighbor saved the man from more serious injuries by shooting the Rottweiler.

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KFC to Pay $30K Toward Dog Attack Victim’s Medical Bills

A June 16, 2014 article on foxnews.com quoted a KFC spokesman as promising a payment of $30,000.00 by the company to help with the medical bills of Victoria Wilcher. Victoria had been mauled by pit bulls at her grandmother’s home in Mississippi. She suffered significant facial injuries and the loss of an eye.

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Unleashed Dog Attacks in State College, PA

A June 11, 2014 article from statecollege.com reported on an unprovoked dog attack in State College, PA. An unleashed mixed breed dog ran into someone’s home on Ridge Avenue attacking both the homeowner and his dog. The Centre County PA dog bite victim was bitten on the hand. Police will charge the negligent dog owner with numerous violations of the PA Dog Law.

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Unleashed Dog Terrorizes Lehigh Valley Neighborhood

On 5/19/14, Attorney Newell received a telephone call from a man whose family was living in fear of a neighbor’s unleashed, uncontrolled and unsupervised pit bull. Your PA dog bite lawyer immediately told the gentleman to contact Northampton County Dog Warden Kathy Andrews. Attorney Newell advised him to provide her with photographs and video of the roaming pit bull.

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Monroe County PA Dog Attack

On 4/24/14, a teenager was attacked by an unleashed Akita in East Stroudsburg, PA. The young man was walking his family’s dog on a leash in the neighborhood when the Akita attacked him twice. Medical care for dog bite wounds to his arm was provided at Pocono Medical Center in Monroe County, PA.

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Attorney Newell to Represent Carbon County PA Dog Attack Victim

On 4/19/14, Attorney Thomas J. Newell was hired by an 18 year old Carbon County dog bite victim. He had been skateboarding in his Carbon County development when an unleashed and unrestrained pit bull ran off its property and attacked him. The Carbon County resident was bitten on both arms, his back and his right leg. Hopefully, PA Dog Law charges will be filed vs. this negligent dog owner.

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Attorney Newell Investigates Bucks County Dog Owner

On 4/10/14, Attorney Thomas J. Newell filed a Right-to-Know Request with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Your PA dog bite lawyer requested any and all information available regarding a female pit bull, Emma, owned by a negligent Lahaska PA dog owner. This dog had committed an unprovoked attack on a Bucks County resident & her Boston Terrier on 4/2/14.

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Chester County PA Dog Attack

On March 31, 2014, Attorney Thomas Newell received a telephone call from an elderly couple in Chester County, PA. The husband had been walking his collie on a leash on their street when a neighbor’s unleashed & unrestrained Bernese Mountain dog attacked their collie. Attorney Newell advised him to contact the PA Dog Warden re: PA Dog Law violations.

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Issues Re: Adopting a Dog in Lehigh County

On March 24, 2014, a Palmerton, PA dog owner contacted Attorney Newell to seek his legal guidance regarding problems with adopting a dog. The man wanted to get a 2nd dog for his home and went to a local animal shelter. Before they agreed to let him adopt an American Bulldog/Mastiff mixed breed dog, they wanted him to guarantee that he would take the dog to obedience training classes.

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Pit Bull Owner Flees With Dog After York, PA Attack

On March 10, 2014, a woman was walking her dog on North Penn Street in York, PA when both of them were attacked by a pit bull. According to the York Daily Record, an unknown man grabbed the pit bull, put it in his car & fled the scene of the PA dog attack. Anyone who knows the identity of the pit bull owner is asked to call York City Police @ 717-846-1234.

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Lackawanna County Dog Bite Victim Calls Attorney Newell

On 2/15/14, Thomas J. Newell, Esquire received a telephone call from a woman who had been bitten by a chow in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  She was an invited guest at a dinner party when the homeowners’ chow snuck up on her from behind and attacked her.  The wounds were treated at a local hospital and later examined by a plastic surgeon.

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Attorney Newell Hired by Mastiff Dog Attack Victim

On February 7, 2014, Attorney Newell provided a free home consultation to a Berks County resident who was attacked by a Mastiff in 2013.  The Reading, PA dog bite victim was house sitting when the Mastiff viciously mauled her.  She sustained significant facial lacerations which required surgery.  Attorney Newell provided her with his legal analysis regarding the liability of the dog owners and the likelihood of success in bringing a personal injury claim.

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Pittsburgh Police Taser Pit Bull to Stop Attack

On  1/17/14, Pittsburgh Police needed to taser an unleashed pit bull to stop it from continuing to attack another dog. According to pittsburgh.cbslocal.com, the rescued pit bull escaped through the front door of its negligent owner’s home. It then pursued & attacked a pit bull that was being walked on a leash by its responsible owners. Hopefully, PA Dog Law charges will follow.

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Lackawanna County Dog Bite Victim Contacts Attorney Newell

On 1/7/14, a Lackawanna County dog bite victim contacted Attorney Thomas J. Newell to obtain a 2nd opinion on her dog bite claim. She was bitten by a friend’s pit bull mix in the fall of 2010. The woman hired a large Scranton PA law firm that filed a lawsuit in the summer of 2011.  2-1/2 years later, little if any progress had been made on the case and the PA dog attack victim was greatly disappointed with the lack of personal service and inactivity by her lawyers.

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Dauphin County Sheriff’s Office Serves Negligent Dog Owner

On December 24, 2013, the Dauphin County Sheriff’s Office served a Millersburg, PA dog owner with a 27 page Complaint filed by Attorney Newell 5 days earlier. The basis for the legal claims was a November 21, 2012 dog attack by the defendant’s 3 boxers on a Federal Express delivery person.  Attorney Newell’s document alleges that the victim is entitled to recover punitive damages vs. the defendant.

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Pit Bull Abandoned in Poconos

On December 10, 2013, The Pocono Record reported on the latest pit bull abandonment in the Poconos.  This time, a female gray and white pit bull was found tied to a tree with an extension cord in an East Stroudsburg PA park on 12/7/13.  Anyone interested in helping dogs in need in Monroe County should contact the Monroe Animal League at 570-476-8444.

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Husky Mix Mauled by Pit Bull in Washington PA

On 11/26/13, Attorney Thomas J. Newell provided a free consultation to a family whose husky mix was nearly mauled to death by a neighbor’s pit bull. The unleashed pit bull jumped a fence and nearly killed the family pet before another neighbor intervened. That Good Samaritan was bitten on the ankle. Veterinarian expenses are currently in excess of $13,000.00 and the pit bull attack victim is demanding full restitution from the defendant’s homeowners insurance company.

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Reading Dog Bite Victim Calls Attorney Newell

On Nov. 18, 2013, Attorney Thomas J. Newell spoke with a Reading PA dog attack victim.  A woman’s Cocker Spaniel bit him on the calf which required ER treatment.  The Hatfield PA resident received a tetanus shot and was given a prescription for antibiotics to prevent infection.  It appears that the negligent dog owner is an uninsured renter.

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$300K For Adams County Dog Bite Victim

On November 5, 2013, Attorney Thomas J. Newell received approval from an Adams County judge to settle a pit bull attack case for $300,000.00.  A little girl had been mauled by her neighbor’s pit bull and a piece of her nose had been bitten off.  When the homeowner’s insurance company wouldn’t pay its liability limit, Attorney Newell filed a lawsuit.  They paid the $300K maximum coverage amount with the approval of Judge Campbell.

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Berks County Dog Attack Victim Hires Attorney Newell

On October 10, 2013, Attorney Thomas J. Newell was hired by a Berks County dog attack victim.  The woman was with her children at the bus stop when a neighbor’s unleashed German Shepherd came charging after them.  The vicious dog bit her right arm and hand.  Physicians at St. Joseph’s Medical Hospital closed some of the dog bite wounds with 7 stitches.

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Homeowners Insurance Coverage Available for Mailman Attacked by Customer’s Dog

On Oct. 8, 2013, Attorney Newell’s office was contacted by a defense adjuster on behalf of her insureds whose dog bit a postal worker in Nazareth PA on 9/7/13.  The USPS employee was bitten on the right leg which most likely will result in a permanent scar.  Attorney Newell successfully resolved 2 other PA dog bite claims with this same defense adjuster this year and is confident that they will promptly settle this case also.

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Justice For West Chester PA Dog Bite Victim

On October 1, 2013, justice was served when a $75,000.00 settlement for a 4 year old dog attack victim was approved by a Chester County Court of Common Pleas judge.  The little girl was attacked by her aunt’s Labrador Retrievers.  The defendant’s homeowners insurance company failed to make a serious settlement offer, so Attorney Thomas J. Newell filed a lawsuit vs. the negligent defendant.  Eight months later, they relented and agreed to make the $75,000.00 payout.

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Monroe County Rottweiler Owner Flouting the PA Dog Law?

On September 23, 2013, an East Stroudsburg PA rottweiler owner was seen walking her dog in public without a muzzle.  This negligent dog owner had been convicted on 10/4/12 of harboring a dangerous dog.  Her appeal to the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas was dismissed on 2/21/13.  Part of the legal obligations required of the rottweiler owner pursuant to the PA Dog Law is a mandatory muzzling any time the rottweiler is off its property.

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Vicious Luzerne County Pit Bull Attacks Again

On 9/4/13, a middle aged couple was terrorized by a neighbor’s pit bull in Luzerne County.  This pit bull had allegedly bitten a child before and had mauled a small white dog earlier causing nearly $4,000.00 in vet bills.  On this date, the pit bull owner lost control of his vicious dog and it pursued and attacked a mixed breed dog.  Luzerne County Dog Warden, Jim Spencer, has been called in to investigate.

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Harrisburg Dog Attack

On August 21, 2013, a Harrisburg PA dog attack victim was bitten by an unleashed dog.  A relative of the victim told Attorney Newell that the gentleman was walking in an apartment parking lot when the unrestrained and vicious dog pursued him and then bit his leg.  The negligent dog owner claimed his dog was up to date with its  rabies shots.

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Tobyhanna Woman Mauled by 3 Pit Bulls

An August 14, 2013 article in The Pocono Record described a recent pit bull attack in the Pocono Country Place development in Monroe County PA.  A 76 year old resident of Tobyhanna was walking down a street in the private community when 3 unrestrained pit bulls pursued and then attacked her.  The PA dog mauling victim was taken to Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

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Bucks County Dog Warden Investigates Akita Attack

On August 13, 2013, Bucks County Dog Warden Verna North met with a man who had been recently attacked by an Akita at Lake Nockamixon Park.  The Akita was on a leash when it lunged at the PA dog bite victim.  The Akita was put on a 10 day quarantine as required by the PA Dog Law.  The victim was unaware of any prior vicious propensities exhibited by the Akita.

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Attorney Newell Interviewed by Pennsylvania Reporter

On August 5, 2013, Attorney Thomas J. Newell was contacted by a journalist who writes for 5 different Pennsylvania newspapers, including The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat.  The reporter was writing a feature story on dangerous dogs in Pennsylvania and sought Attorney Newell’s input into the real-life issues that PA dog attack victims face after they have been bitten by vicious dogs.

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Bucks Dog Bite Victim’s Wounds Become Infected

On July 30, 2013, a Bucks County dog bite victim’s wounds became infected and physicians at Grand View Hospital in Sellersville PA had to cut open the wound sites and clean out the injured areas.  The postal worker was unable to work due to the infections and additional medical care will be required.

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Postal Worker Bitten by Dog in Perkasie

On July 22, 2013, a postal worker was attacked by an unrestrained dog in Perkasie PA.  The USPS employee had taken a package out of his delivery truck when the mixed breed dog pursued him and bit his left calf.  He used the package to ward off the dog and sought refuge at a neighbor’s home.  The woman admitted that she had also been attacked by the same dog in the spring of 2012.

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Wyoming County Dog Bite Victim Calls Attorney Newell

On June 29, 2013, a Wyoming County dog attack victim telephoned Attorney Thomas J. Newell.  He had arrived at the defendants’ home to make some repairs to an appliance.  Four Dachsunds came running out and one of them bit him twice on the calf.  The Factoryville PA resident went to a nearby hospital where they administered a tetanus shot.  Attorney Newell advised him to call the PA Dog Warden to investigate whether the dog was up to date with its rabies shot.

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Carlisle Pit Bull Owner Charged

On June 26, 2013, Attorney Thomas J. Newell received documents from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture that a Carlisle pit bull owner has been charged with violating the PA Dog Law.  The negligent defendant was cited for harboring a dangerous dog and failure to confine.  A 9 year old girl had been attacked by this vicious pit bull.

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Chained Pit Bull Attacks Girl in Washington PA

A June 16th Father’s Day party was ruined when a 7 year-old girl was attacked by a chained pit bull.  The little girl was trying to retrieve a basketball when the pit bull snapped its chain, knocked her  to the ground and bit her chest.   A Good Samaritan jumped in and pulled the vicious pit bull off the victim.  This was the 2nd unprovoked attack by the pit bull.  The owners allegedly will have the dog euthanized.

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Cumberland County Dog Attack Victim Calls Attorney Newell

On June 11, 2013, a Cumberland County dog bite victim telephoned Attorney Newell to seek his legal advice.  About 10 days earlier she was visiting a home where they had a mixed breed dog chained to the fence.  As the PA dog bite victim approached the front door, the mixed breed dog broke the chain and attacked her.  She sustained dog bite wounds in the buttock.  Medical staff at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill PA gave her a tetanus shot and antibiotics.

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Toy Poodle Attacked in Lancaster County

On June 5, 2013, a Lancaster County couple contacted Attorney Thomas J. Newell after their toy poodle was mauled at an area campsite.  They had their toy poodle on a leash when a Boston Terrier broke free from its owner and attacked the small dog.  The poodle suffered a fractured front leg and underwent 2 surgeries at the University of Pennsylvania’s Veterinary Hospital.

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Scranton Area Dog Bite Victim Contacts Attorney Newell

On May 26, 2013, a Scranton area dog bite victim e-mailed Attorney Thomas J. Newell regarding a pit bull and Rottweiler attack that took place in May of 2011.  The gentleman claimed that his neighbor’s pit bull and Rottweiler attacked him in his own backyard.  He shot and killed the Rottweiler while trying to fend off the dog mauling.  The PA dog bite victim expressed his frustration with the lack of prompt legal action by gov’t officials to prevent this from happening again.

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Cumberland County Dog Attack Victim Contacts Attorney Newell

On May 13, 2013, a Cumberland County dog attack victim telephoned Attorney Newell to discuss her case.  She and her dog were attacked by an unrestrained pit bull in Enola PA.  The 2 teenagers who were allegedly supervising this vicious pit bull did nothing and watched the 25 year old woman and her dog get mauled by this out-of-control canine.

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Lehigh Valley
Dog Attack Victim
Contacts Attorney Newell

On May 1, 2013, an Allentown PA dog bite victim contacted Attorney Thomas J. Newell for a second opinion.  She was bitten on 2/22/13 in a church parking lot.  The defendant dog owner had his canine on a retractable leash, but did not have the dog under control.  The Lehigh County dog attack victim received medical care at Lehigh Valley Hospital.  Another attorney declined to accept her case.  Attorney Newell is currently investigating this dog bite claim.

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Allentown PA Dog Owner
Guilty of PA Dog Law Violations

On April 29, 2013, an Allentown PA dog owner was convicted of PA Dog Law violations by District Justice Karen Devine. The defendant’s Scottie Terrier had bit 5 other people before it attacked a Whitehall PA resident on February 16, 2013. The Lehigh Valley dog attack victim received a facial wound that required 7 stitches to close. Lehigh County Dog Warden, Orlando Aguirre, prosecuted the case which resulted in a conviction for harboring a dangerous dog.