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PA DOG WARDENS

Girl’s Family Reaches Settlement With Pit Bull Owners

The Legal Intelligencer 11/23/15

According to the plaintiff’s attorney, Thomas Newell, by having the insurance company pay the annuity services company directly, the payments disbursed by the annuity company are tax-free.

Newell said Falyn’s doctor opined that the scar might be permanent, even with further treatments.

According to the petition, the plaintiffs determined that organizing the settlement funds in a structured settlement annuity was in the best interest of both parties. Newell also noted that both parties agreed that it would be in the child’s best interest to handle the case prelitigation.

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Surviving a Dog Attack

WHP – CBS21 News Harrisburg, PA 11/10/14

“Every day, I’m contacted by people who’ve been attacked by unrestrained dogs,” said attorney Thomas Newell. He has spent the last 33 years representing dog bite victims.

“This problem is literally an epidemic,” Newell said.

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Life-altering dog bite for little girl

The Pocono Record 08/15/14

But attorney Thomas Newell, who has worked with dog bite cases for decades, rejected Boyd’s argument. Children under the age of 7 cannot be accountable for their actions, such as provoking a dog.

“What in the world could, physically, a 14-month-old child do to appropriately provoke a pit bull mauling?” Newell asked, adding that a dog that does not like children should not be in a home with children.

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Biteless Prior Incident Enough for Punitives Claim in Dog-Bite Case

The Legal Intelligencer 7/22/14

According to Thomas J. Newell, who represented plaintiff Mandy S. Bitting in the case, the decision is the first instance of a judge allowing a plaintiff to seek punitive damages in a cases where the dog had not previously bitten people.

The decision also held that Bitting could pursue recovery of medical costs based on strict liability claims, as opposed to claims involving negligence or negligence perse, and allowed Bitting to introduce evidence regarding a post-incident event that involved a co-worker of Bitting’s nearly being bitten by the same dogs after the owner had been charged with failing to restrain them, Newell said.

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Attorney says judge’s decision in dog bite case set precedent for victims

Fox43 News 7/11/14

Newell said the judge has set two precedents in the case by allowing him to use as evidence, a prior act, and one that happened after the attack, in which the dogs were aggressive to other Fed-Ex workers, but did not actually attack them.

“It allows me to say to the public, if you own a dog, and your dog starts pursuing people, you are now put on notice that we have the right to come after you, and to hold you accountable. Even if the victim in the prior incident is not injured,” said Newell.

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Judge allows multiple theories for punitive damages by dog bite victim

The Pennsylvania Record 7/11/14

According to Thomas Newell, a veteran dog bite lawyer, the decision to overrule four of five objections will allow him to present seven legal theories to a Dauphin County jury, including one that establishes the dog’s vicious propensities even though there were no previous physical attacks.

“I am unaware of any prior court decisions allowing a dog bite victim to pursue punitive damages via multiple legal theories,” said Newell in a statement. “Equally important is my belief that this is the first Pennsylvania legal opinion that allows a dog bite victim to pursue a punitive damage claim without proof of any prior or subsequent physical attack upon another person or animal.”

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It’s Official: Letting your horse roam is reckless

The Morning Call 4/3/2014

“If you own an animal that is capable of inflicting pain, injury or somehow disrupting society, you’re responsible to constrain it,” said Perkasie attorney Thomas Newell, who represents people attacked by dogs.

Newell noted the state Supreme Court in February upheld a similar Superior Court opinion allowing dog owners who let their animals run free to be charged with a crime regardless of whether they intended to do so.

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Freemansburg dog bite victim says Pennslyvania dog laws don’t do enough

Lehigh Valley Live 3/16/2014

Both Pfeiffer and Thomas Newell, a Bucks County attorney whose law practice focuses on representing dog bite victims, said even when dogs aren’t confiscated, their owners often get rid of them if they’re deemed a dangerous dog in Pennsylvania or a so-called potentially dangerous dog in New Jersey.

Pennsylvania also requires that signs be posted, a $500 annual fee be paid, as well as liability insurance coverage up to $50,000, Newell said.

“It’s very strenuous,” he said. “The dog is often put down for financial reasons or liability reasons or fear that the dog will bite again.”

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Central Pa. man sued by deliverywoman over dog attack that allegedly left plaintiff physically and psychologically injured

Pennsylvania Record 12/31/2013

Mandy Bitting was making a delivery in connection with her job for a company that contracts on behalf of Federal Express on that winter day last year when she was attacked by three dogs, believed to be boxers, according to the complaint, which was filed at the Dauphin County Common Pleas Court by personal injury lawyer Thomas J. Newell.

Newell claims the situation warrants the awarding of punitive damages because of the entirety of the circumstances; the dogs either attacked, or nearly attacked, visitors on three separate occasions, and the defendant has apparently yet to change his ways.

Newell noted that other visitors to the home, including public workers, law enforcement personnel or neighbors, could meet a fate similar to that of the plaintiff if the defendant continues to keep his property in an unsafe condition.

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Family of Young Pa. Girl Who Lost Portion of Nose in Dog Attack Secures $300K Settlement

Pennsylvania Record 11/15/2013

A suburban Philadelphia attorney has secured a $300,000 settlement for the family of a young girl whose nose was partially bitten off by a neighbor’s dog two-and-a-half years ago.

Thomas J. Newell, a lawyer from Perkasie, Bucks County, recently announced the settlement in a case initiated by Andrew and Melissa Boyd, of Fairfield, Pa., who sued on behalf of their daughter, who is now 9 years old.

Newell, who said his practice niche is dog bites – he has represented attack victims from 19 different counties in Pennsylvania – said he filed suit after the defendants’ homeowners insurance company failed to respond to his demand for compensation.

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Montco Lawyer Wins $300,000 For Dog Bite Victim

The Mercury News 11/8/2013

Attorney Thomas Newell, 57, of Worcester, says that on April 13, 2011, a 6-year-old girl went to her friend’s house in Fairfield, and as she was opening the door, the dog jumped out and bit off a portion of her nose. Surgeons were able to re-attach the nose, although the girl went through 23, two-hour sessions in a hyperbaric chamber, which is supposed to help grow the skin tissue back.

After the surgery, Newell filed a lawsuit in Adams County for punitive damages, which insurance companies do not pay. However, after the insurance company received Newell’s 13-page suit, he said, the insurance company decided to pay in the sum of $300,000.

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Fairfield Dog-Bite Victim Gets Settlement

The Evening Sun 11/8/2013

A Fairfield girl bitten by a pit bull three years ago when she was 6 was awarded a $300,000 settlement Tuesday in an Adams County civil suit.

Newell, a Pennsylvania attorney with a concentration in dog-bite cases, said Chaos’ owners, Richard and Joyce Sprouse, had the pit bull euthanized.

Newell said the payments are being made through the Sprouses’ home insurance agency, State Farm Fire and Casualty Company.

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Dog Bite Victim Will Receive Settlement

The Gettysburg Times 11/7/2013

Newell’s complaint alleged that the Sprouse’s male pit bull, Chaos, came through the front door and attacked Brooke-Ann, leading to the partial amputation of her nose.

Newell said the $300,000 settlement was the maximum possible in this particular case. Lump sum payouts will be made when Brooke-Ann is 18-21, according to Newell.

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Worcester Lawyer Wins Dog Bite Victim $300,000

The Times Herald 11/6/2013

After the surgery, Newell filed a lawsuit in Adams County for punitive damages, which insurance companies do not pay. However, after the insurance company received Newell’s 13-page suit, he said, the insurance company decided to pay in the sum of $300,000. After lawyer’s fees and medical expenses, the victim will receive $287,650. Newell said was happy he was able to reach a settlement with the insurance company.

In 1995 Newell secured a $479,000 settlement after a German shepherd bit a young boy on the face in Worcester. Prior to this case, which came to a final conclusion Tuesday, he helped secure a $508,000 settlement after a two-year negotiation process with an insurance company for a dog bite injury. He has represented clients in 19 different counties in Pennsylvania for dog bite related injuries.

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Dog Bite Victim Will Receive Settlement

Gettysburg Times 11/7/2013

A Fairfield couple will receive a $300,000 settlement after their daughter was attacked by a neighbor’s pit bull, according to the family’s lawyer.

“This is, by any stretch, a significant amount of money to come away with in an Adams County setting,” said Thomas Newell, the attorney who filed a civil lawsuit in Adams County on behalf of Brooke-Ann’s parents, Andrew and Melissa Boyd.

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Does Pennsylvania Law Need More Teeth To Deal With Dog Attacks?

The Tribune-Democrat 8/11/2013

Thomas Newell, a personal injury attorney who concentrates in dog bites, said the reports to state dog wardens are only the tip of the iceberg. Many dog attacks are investigated by police or local authorities. Pennsylvania does not require police to report dog bite complaints to the state Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement.

Newell said that the stringent requirements for keeping dangerous dogs, plus the penalties if a registered dangerous dog ever attacks again, deter almost all owners from seeking to have animals placed on the registry.

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PA Dog Bite Victim Seeks Damages

Wilkes – Barre Times Leader 4/13/2013

The dog bit off a portion of Brooke-Ann’s nose and inflicted a deep cut on her cheek, according to the complaint. Brooke-Ann was then rushed to Meritus Medical Center and underwent emergency surgery. At the time, surgeons were able to re-attach a portion of her nose that was found on the Sprouses’ porch, said Thomas Newell, the attorney representing the Boyd family.

Brooke-Ann underwent 23 separate hyperbaric oxygen treatment therapy sessions, but doctors were not able to save the re-attached portion of the nose and several facial reconstruction surgeries were scheduled, Newell said. The first took place in June 2012 and more are scheduled in upcoming years

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Couple Hoping Dog Bite Lawsuit Can Be Settled With Insurance Company

The Gettysburg Times 04/13/2013

An attorney representing a Fairfield couple who is seeking payment for damages caused by a pit bull attack is currently in litigation with the homeowners’ insurance company.

Andrew and Melissa Boyd, of Fairfield, are seeking damages for severe injuries to one of their children due to a pit bull attack. The pit bull owners are Richard and Joyce Sprouse, of Fairfield, the Boyds’ neighbors.

The Boyds’ attorney, Thomas J. Newell, said a trial in front of a jury is the last possible step in litigation if earlier steps do not yield a resolution.

“(Filing the complaint) is the ‘A’ of litigation, not the ‘Z,’” said Newell, who said he has represented dog attack victims in 17 different Pennsylvania counties. The next step will involve litigation between Newell and the Sprouse’s home owners’ insurance company.

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Allentown Couple Sue Over Dog Attack That Left Woman With Serious Injuries

Lehigh Valley Express Times 4/1/2013

The attack resulted in summary charges against Jamil Hanna and District Judge Michael D’Amore on Nov. 30 found him guilty of harboring a dangerous dog and confinement of dogs, court records say.

The suit, filed by attorney Thomas Newell, says the Hannas, of the 700 block of East Liberty Street in Allentown, were negligent and careless in their failure to properly restrain and supervise the dog, which has a history of aggressive behavior.

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Guilty Plea In Allentown Pit Bull Attack

Allentown Morning Call 3/28/2013

Howard had no insurance for a dog attack. A bricklayer who was recently laid off, he agreed to a payment plan to pay the medical bills. Thomas Newell, the victim’s attorney, said he will investigate whether the landlord’s insurance company has any liability in the case.

Meanwhile, Oreo is recovering well. Tittel described the 6-year-old dog as a “tough little guy.”

Jesperger said Oreo will have another surgery soon to remove the wires keeping his jaw together.

“He’s eating OK,” she said. “Soft foods only.”

Jesperger and her father are doing well, and Oreo is getting better.

“He still has nightmares about that day,” Tittel said. “He wakes up crying at night.”

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Allentown Man Faces New Charges In Salisbury Township Pit Bull Attack

Lehigh Valley Express Times 03/01/2013

Police initially charged Howard with violating a township ordinance, but after further investigation decided state charges are more appropriate, according to Jesberger’s attorney Thomas Newell.

“I’m very pleased that the police re-evaluated it and took a broad view of this situation and came to the conclusion that Pennsylvania dog law, with all its due force and effect, would be the path that they would follow,” Newell said.

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Local Lawyer Gets $508K Settlement In Pit Bull Mauling

Doylestown Intelligencer 12/02/2012

A Perkasie lawyer who specializes in dog bite litigation announced Monday that he secured a $508,613 settlement in the case of an 8-year-old boy who was mauled by two pit bulls in 2010.

Attorney Thomas J. Newell represents Ajia Brown, a Connecticut boy who was visiting a York County residence with his family June 1, 2010. Ajia was playing outside about 9:20 p.m. when the dogs escaped from an enclosed pen behind the home and attacked him.

According to Newell, the dogs knocked the boy to the ground. One began biting his head and face, the other his lower torso. The boy’s mother jumped on top of her son to save his life, Newell said. Neighbors came out and began hitting the pit bulls with garden hoses and a shovel.

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2-Year-Old Dog Bite Victim’s Mom Wins $135K Settlement In Monroe County

Pocono Record, 12/07/2011

A Kunkletown woman recently won a $135,255.27 settlement after her 2-year-old daughter was bitten in the face by a loose dog in April 2010, Perkasie attorney Thomas Newell said.

The woman dropped her daughter off for babysitting at her sister’s Albrightsville home. She was told her sister’s mixed-breed dog, which had been aggressive in the past, would be secured, Newell said.

Someone let the dog loose and it bit the 2-year-old. An Easton plastic surgeon gave the girl six facial injections and about 40 facial stitches at Pocono Medical Center, Newell said.

Newell said he got Monroe County Court permission to accept the structured settlement from the girl’s aunt’s homeowner insurance company.


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 Bite Lawyer Speaks With Perry County Dog Bite Victim

On Oct. 22, 2015, the Pennsylvania dog attack lawyer provided a free consultation to a Perry County dog attack victim. The man was a customer at a feed mill store in Newport PA when the owner’s weimaraner attacked him. The Perry County dog attack victim suffered multiple puncture wounds to his right arm. He was treated at a local hospital with a tetanus shot and antibiotics. The PA dog bite injury attorney advised him to continue to take his medications.


Pennsylvania Dog Attack Attorney Reviews Ambler PA Dog Attack

On October 8, 2015, the PA dog attack lawyer spoke with an Ambler Pennsylvania resident whose family dog was killed by a neighbor’s Great Pyrenees dog. The unleashed dog came onto his property and mauled his dog to death. The PA dog bite attorney urged the Ambler man to report the unprovoked PA dog attack to the PA Dog Warden. Hopefully, PA Dog Law charges will be filed versus the negligent dog owner.


PA Dog Attack Lawyer Consulted After Butler PA Dog Attack

On Oct. 1, 2015, your Pennsylvania dog bite attorney received a telephone call regarding a PA dog attack that took place earlier that morning in Butler PA. A 91 year-old woman went to pick up her son’s Shih Tzu when it bit her on the finger. The Butler PA dog bite victim received a tetanus shot and antibiotics. The lawyer for dog bites in Pennsylvania – Thomas J. Newell, Esq., reviewed the PA Dog Law and legal liability with the PA dog owner.


Bethlehem PA Dog Bite Lawyer Contacted by Bethlehem Dog Bite Victim

On 9/28/15, your Bethlehem Pennsylvania dog bite injury lawyer was contacted by a pedestrian who was walking her dog on a leash on a downtown sidewalk. An unleashed large dog jumped out of its owner’s car and attacked the woman’s mixed breed dog. The Bethlehem PA dog attack attorney discussed the possible options regarding a PA dog bite lawsuit.


$201K Payment Finalized For Berks County Dog Attack Victim

On Sept. 21, 2015, your Berks County dog attack attorney received confirmation that the $201,000.00 settlement had been paid by the dog owners’ insurance company. Since Attorney Newell’s dog bite client was a minor, he arranged for a structured settlement annuity plan with payments made at ages 18, 19, 20, 21 and 25.


Philly Dog Bite Victim Calls Attorney Newell

On 9/16/15, your PA dog attack injury lawyer received a call from a Philly dog bite victim. A dog had escaped from its home and bit her on the knee causing 5 puncture wounds. Antibiotics were prescribed. The dog owner was in violation of the PA Dog Law.


PA Dog Bite Attorney Speaks with Scranton, PA Dog Bite Victim

On 9/9/15, Pennsylvania dog bite injury lawyer, Thomas J. Newell, Esq., received a telephone call from a man who was recently attacked by a dog in Scranton, PA. The PA dog bite victim had a separate legal matter pending and his attorney recommended that his client call the attorney for dog bite injury claims in Pennsylvania.


Chester County Dog Attack Claim Finalized

On 8/27/15, your Chester County, PA dog attack attorney finalized a Chester County dog bite claim by filing a Verification of Annuity Funding for a $47,879.00 settlement. The structured settlement guarantees the Chester County, Pennsylvania dog bite victim a total dog bite injury payout of $50,112.00.


Bucks County PA Dog Attack Victim Speaks w/ Attorney Newell

On 8/12/15, a Bucks County dog bite victim spoke with your Bucks County, PA dog bite injury lawyer. The gentleman had been bicycling near Newtown, PA when an unleashed pit bull ran onto Washington Crossing Road and bit his leg. Attorney Newell strongly urged the PA dog attack victim to fully cooperate with the police as they file PA Dog Law charges.


Maltese Killed By Unleashed Dogs in New Hope, PA

On 8/3/15, Bucks County dog bite attorney, Thomas J. Newell, Esq., provided a free consultation to a Bucks County, Pennsylvania man whose Maltese was mauled to death by 2 unleashed pit bulls. Neighbors claim these vicious dogs have routinely gotten loose. The PA Dog Warden is allegedly considering filing charges vs. the negligent dog owner under the PA Dog Law.


Young Girl Attacked In The Poconos

On 5/25/15, your Pennsylvania dog attack lawyer, Thomas J. Newell, provided a free consultation to the father of a 12 year old girl who was bitten by an unleashed pit bull. The young lady was walking home from school when the pit bull escaped from its owner’s house and ran directly to the innocent victim, biting her on the hip. Medical care was rendered at Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg, PA.


Attorney Newell Provides Free Consult to Monroe County Dog Bite Victim

On April 30, 2015, your PA dog attack attorney provided a free consultation to a Monroe County dog bite victim. The man had been bitten by a Belgian Malinois multiple times on his left hand. There was a fracture to his ring finger that required 2 surgeries and the institution of a pin. The Mount Pocono dog attack victim received his medical care at PMC in East Stroudsburg, PA.


Attorney Newell Provides Free Consultation

On April 20, 2015, your Pennsylvania dog bite lawyer provided a free consultation to a lawn care specialist who was attacked in Chester County, PA. The Montgomery County resident was talking to a prospective client in Exton, PA when the man’s 2 unleashed dogs came running through the front door and bit him.


Attorney Newell Meets With Lansdale Dog Attack Victim

On 2/20/15, your Pennsylvania dog attack attorney provided a free home consultation to a Lansdale, PA dog bite victim.  Lansdale Police Dept. records show that this man was the 5th person bit by this pit bull in the last 6 months.  Attorney Newell is hopeful that every possible PA Dog Law charge will be filed versus the reckless pit bull owner.


Attorney Newell Provides Free Consultation to Allentown Dog Bite Victims

On 1/9/15, Lehigh Valley dog bite lawyer, Thomas J. Newell, Esq. provided a detailed free consultation to 2 women who were mauled by 2 pit bulls in Allentown, PA. The pit bull owner is an uninsured renter who is currently serving time in Lehigh Valley Prison after her pit bulls escaped again and attacked another innocent victim.


Attorney Newell Questions Franklin County Dog Owner

On Dec. 15, 2014, Attorney Newell had a detailed conversation with one of the owners of a Great Dane that bit his 7 year old client on 11/8/14 in Mercersburg, PA. After petting the Great Dane, the young girl started to leave the room when the dog jumped up and bit her in the face. The owner of the Great Dane was cooperative with the PA dog attack lawyer.


Philly Pit Bull Attack – Free Consultation

On Dec. 3, 2014, Attorney Thomas J. Newell provided a free consultation to a Philadelphia family whose 3 year-old son had been attacked by a neighbor’s pit bull. The pit bull owners were being evicted from a house when their pit bull got loose and attacked the boy as he was walking with his father on the sidewalk.


Attorney Newell Advises Bucks County Family After Dog Attack

On November 24, 2014, Bucks County dog attack lawyer, Thomas J. Newell provided a free consultation to a Bucks County family terrorized by a neighbor’s dog. This unrestrained dog frequently runs loose and chases people and/or their dogs. It bit this woman’s son but, fortunately, she was able to immediately knock the vicious dog off of him.


Attorney Newell is Consulted 23 Mos. After PA Dog Attack

On Aug. 16, 2014, your PA dog bite attorney received a telephone call from a man who was bitten by a client’s dog in September of 2012. The man had hired a “personal injury lawyer” who apparently wasn’t making any progress and couldn’t answer basic questions. Give the 2 year Statute of Limitations, Attorney Newell declined to accept the dog bite case.


Free Consult for Chester Co. Dog Attack Victim

On August 13, 2014, PA dog bite lawyer, Thomas J. Newell provided a free consultation to a man who was bitten in Spring City, PA on 8/12/14. The man was servicing a customer’s air conditioning unit when a mixed breed dog attacked him. The Chester County, PA dog attack victim obtained medical care at a local hospital, which included receiving a tetanus shot.


Philly Dog Attack Victim Contacts Attorney Newell

On July 26, 2014, PA dog bite lawyer, Thomas J. Newell received a telephone call from a man who was attacked by a pit bull in Philadelphia. He had arrived at the home to perform emergency electrical service. The resident was walking up the street with some dogs she was pet sitting. The pit bull broke loose, knocked the man to the ground and he was bitten multiple times in the ribs.


Montco Dog Bite Victim Hires Attorney Newell

Attorney Thomas J. Newell was hired on June 20, 2014 by a Montgomery County, PA man who was recently attacked by his friend’s German Shepherd. Attorney Newell set up a free home consultation at the gentleman’s Gilbertsville, PA residence. He explained to the victim and his wife the steps that he would take to maximize this personal injury claim.


Berks County: Harboring A Dangerous Dog Conviction

On June 9, 2014, your PA dog bite lawyer was contacted by a woman whose dog was killed by an unleashed & unsupervised dog in Berks County, PA. The victim informed Thomas J. Newell, Esq. that the defendant was recently convicted of harboring a dangerous dog. Attorney Newell provided her with insight as to how to recover restitution for her vet expenses.


Lansdale Man Seeks Legal Advice for Dog Mauling

On May 19, 2014, Attorney Thomas J. Newell spoke with a man whose rat terrier was mauled to death by 2 unrestrained and unsupervised pit bulls. The owner immediately rushed his small dog to a local veterinary hospital. The terrier’s injuries were so severe that the vet could not save him. Hopefully, the Lansdale Police Department will file PA Dog Law charges versus the negligent pit bull owner.


Mother of Lehigh Valley Dog Bite Victims Consults Attorney Newell

On May 13, 2014, Attorney Newell provided a free consultation to a woman whose 4 year old son and 8 year old daughter were attacked by a relative’s mixed breed dog on 2 separate occasions. Unfortunately, these unprovoked attacks took place in 2010 and the mother had not kept any photographs taken after the attacks to prove the extent of the dog bite wounds.


Fayette County Dog Attack Victim Contacts Attorney Newell

On April 22, 2014, Attorney Thomas J. Newell received a telephone call from a woman who was attacked by a friend’s rottweiler and their mixed breed dog as she tried to protect her Manchester Terrier.  The Fayette County dog attack victim ultimately needed surgery for an injury to her left hand.  She initially tried to represent herself in this case but finally decided to contact an experienced PA dog attack lawyer.


Attorney Newell Hired as Co-Counsel for West Virginia Dog Attack

On April 10, 2014, the parents of an 8 year old dog attack victim from West Virginia hired a local law firm, as well as Attorney Thomas J. Newell. On 3/31/14, their son was mauled by a neighbor’s unrestrained pit bull. A former client of Attorney Newell’s had referred the case to him. While he can not be lead trial counsel for this West Virginia dog bite case, Attorney Newell has been retained to provide his legal expertise for dog bite claims in general.


Bucks County Dog Bite Lawyer Hired

On April 7, 2014, Bucks County dog bite lawyer, Thomas J. Newell, Esquire, was hired to represent a Lahaska, PA woman who was bitten by her neighbor’s dog. While the dog owner told the police that her unleashed & unrestrained dog was a “mixed breed,” the victim claims the dog is a pit bull that mauled her after she tried to protect her Boston Terrier.


Dauphin County Free Consultation

On April 1, 2014, Attorney Thomas J. Newell provided a free consultation to a Dauphin County, PA dog bite victim. The visiting nurse had just arrived at a patient’s home outside of Harrisburg, PA when a mixed breed dog attacked her. Even though the PA dog attack victim was wearing a jacket, lab coat and long sleeve shirt, the dog’s attack did leave her with significant bruising. Attorney Newell advised her to report the unprovoked attack to the Dauphin County Dog Warden.


Bethlehem Area UPS Worker Contacts Attorney Newell

On December 22, 2013, Attorney Thomas J. Newell was contacted by a Bethlehem, PA area UPS worker who had been bitten by an unrestrained dog. As the delivery woman was approaching the house, the owner told her “my dog is out.” Before the PA dog attack victim could safely reach her UPS truck, the unleashed dog had pursued her and bit her on the leg. PA Dog Law violations are pending.


Bucks County Dog Bite Victim Hires Attorney Newell

On October 24, 2013, Attorney Thomas J. Newell was hired by the father of a 10 year-old Bucks County PA dog attack victim. Two days earlier, the young boy was playing with a friend and his brother in his Richlandtown PA neighborhood on a nearby street. A golden retriever was running loose in the neighborhood and suddenly attacked the unsuspecting boy in the face. The Bucks County dog mauling victim was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in Quakertown where a plastic surgeon was called in to perform surgery.


Attorney Newell Contacted by Wayne County Dog Bite Victim

On October 11, 2013, Attorney Thomas J. Newell received a telephone call from a Wayne County dog attack victim.  The woman is a nurse who makes home care visits to care for the sick.  When she arrived at her patient’s home, a child opened the front door and a mixed breed dog came running toward the woman.  The dog bit her right hand/arm multiple times.  Physicians at Wayne County Memorial Hospital used over a dozen stitches to close the dog bite wounds.


Attorney Newell Files Adams County Minor’s Compromise Petition

On October 10, 2013, Attorney Thomas J. Newell filed a Minor’s Compromise Petition in Adams County on behalf of a 6 year old pit bull attack victim.  The young girl had been mauled by a neighbor’s pit bull in April of 2011.  Attorney Newell filed a lawsuit versus the negligent pit bull owners in April of this year.  The defendants’ homeowners insurance company yielded to Attorney Newell’s demand and offered its liability policy limit.


Attorney Newell Hired by Postal Worker

On September 20, 2013,  Attorney Thomas J. Newell was hired by a USPS mail carrier in the Lehigh Valley after he was attacked by a dog owned by a customer in Nazareth PA.  The Northampton County dog bite victim was treated at Lehigh Valley Muhlenberg Hospital.  Northampton County Dog Warden, Kathy Andrews, is investigating this unprovoked attack.


Attorney Newell Advises Mother of German Shepherd Attack Victim

On 9/6/13, Attorney Thomas J. Newell provided legal advice to a mother of a 10 year old Monroe County PA boy who had been attacked by a German Shepherd earlier this summer.  The child is still afraid of German Shepherds and often comes into his parents’ room after dealing with nightmares/flashbacks.  Attorney Newell strongly suggested that she immediately get mental health care for her son.


Bucks County Dog Bite Settlement

On August 26, 2013, Attorney Thomas J. Newell filed a Petition for Minor’s Compromise with the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas, Orphans’ Court Division.  On June 8, 2012, a 13 year old boy was attacked and mauled by his friend’s pit bull in Hulmeville PA.  The Bucks County dog attack victim sustained dog bite wounds to his hands and right leg.  Attorney Newell is awaiting a hearing date with the Orphans’ Court judge.


Unleashed Pit Bull Injures Bucks County Man

On August 19th, a Bucks County man contacted Attorney Thomas J. Newell to review his legal options after he was pursued and attacked by an unrestrained pit bull on 8/14/13.  The defendants’ 3 dogs – a pit bull, a mixed breed dog and a German Shepherd were running loose off their property.  The pit bull ran after the Bucks County dog attack victim as he was working near his fence.  Buckingham Township Police are currently heading the investigation.


Philadelphia Postal Worker Contacts Attorney Newell

On July 31, 2013, Attorney Thomas J. Newell spoke with a United States Postal Service mail carrier from Philadelphia who was attacked by a vicious dog the day earlier.  The bulldog/mixed breed dog was running loose in violation of the PA Dog Law.  She sustained significant dog bite wounds to the left calf and right arm which required dozens of stitches to close.


Attorney Newell Hired by Easton Dog Bite Victim

On July 19, 2013, Attorney Thomas J. Newell was hired by an Easton PA dog attack victim.  The gentleman had been performing some home remodeling in Northampton PA when the vicious German Shepherd bit him in the face.  The dog had previously bitten the victim’s right hand and had tried to attack another man eleven days earlier.  Medical care was provided at St. Luke’s Hospital.


Chester County Dog Attack Depositions Scheduled

On July 10, 2013, Attorney Thomas J. Newell and defense counsel agreed to hold 7 depositions on 8/19/13 regarding a Chester County dog bite lawsuit.  On April 24, 2011, a 4 year-old girl was mauled by a relative’s dogs at an Easter Sunday family gathering.  The little girl’s wounds required 6 staples and 10 stitches to close.


Philly Mother Seeks Attorney Newell’s Legal Advice

On June 25, 2013, the mother of a Philadelphia dog attack victim telephoned Attorney Thomas J. Newell to seek his legal advice regarding a 6/24/13 dog attack upon her son.  The 8 year-old boy was playing in a NE Philly playground when an unrestrained husky ran after him and bit his left leg.  A local pediatrician cleaned the dog bite wound and prescribed antibiotics.


Parents of Carlisle Pit Bull Attack Victim Hire Attorney Newell

On June 18, 2013, the parents of a Carlisle pit bull mauling victim hired Attorney Newell to represent their 9 year-old daughter.  She had been visiting a friend when the pit bull, suddenly and without provocation, attacked her.  The Cumberland County PA dog bite victim underwent facial surgery at Carlisle Regional Hospital after she was put under general anesthesia.  Cumberland County Dog Warden, Barry Hockley, is investigating the dog attack.


Attorney Newell Hired by Lehigh County Dog Bite Victim

On June 2, 2013, Attorney Thomas J. Newell was hired by the mother of a 4 year-old Lehigh Valley dog attack victim.  The child was at a day care center when the owner’s black Labrador Retriever bit him on the forehead and cheek.  The ER doctors at Sacred Heart Hospital needed stitches to close his wounds.


Attorney Newell Investigates Cumberland County Pit Bull Attack

On May 21, 2013, Attorney Thomas J. Newell continued his investigation of a Cumberland County dog bite case. A 25 year-old woman and her dog were attacked by a neighbor’s unrestrained pit bull. Attorney Newell spoke with an eyewitness who confirmed that the defendant’s pit bull was not on a leash. Its owners/handlers stood by while he helped separate the 2 dogs and assisted in the victim’s escape.


Attorney Newell is Referred Allentown Dog Attack Case

On May 2, 2013, an Allentown PA dog attack victim was referred to Attorney Thomas J. Newell by an employee of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The woman was walking in a church parking lot when a leashed dog attacked her.  She received emergency room care at Lehigh Valley Hospital.  The Lehigh County Dog Warden is investigating the attack.


Attorney Newell Settles
Bucks County Rottweiler Case

On 4/30/13, Attorney Thomas J. Newell obtained Bucks County Court approval to settle a lawsuit that he filed after a Bucks County dog attack.  A 10 year old girl saw her brother being mauled by an uncle’s Rottweiler.  She was not physically harmed, but suffered as a result of witnessing the attack.  The defendants’ homeowner’s insurance company did not make a settlement offer, so Attorney Newell proceeded to litigation.  After interrogatories were exchanged and depositions were taken, the defense relented and paid the $38,500.00 settlement.


Attorney Newell Assists
In PA Dog Law Convictions

On 4/29/13, Attorney Thomas J. Newell provided legal expertise to the Lehigh County Dog Warden which aided his prosecution of a negligent Allentown PA dog owner.  Attorney Newell reviewed Section 502-A of the PA Dog Law as well as the appeals court cases interpreting that statute.  The defendant was found guilty of harboring a dangerous dog and failing to have a current dog license.  If the defendant chooses to keep her vicious dog, severe restrictions will be put in place to help ensure that no further unprovoked attacks will take place.