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What To Do If You Are Attacked By a Pit Bull in PA?

Posted on: September 11th, 2021  padog

What should you do if you are attacked by a pit bull in Pennsylvania?  Follow these guidelines:

  • Get to a hospital as quickly as possible.
  • If you/your child has suffered serious pit bull attack wounds, try to go to a hospital with a certified Trauma Unit.
  • For those who live in the Lehigh Valley, the nearest medical treatment facility with a Trauma Unit is Lehigh Valley Hospital which is located at 1200 S. Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown, PA.
  • Pit bulls normally cause severe lacerations that penetrate deep into the subcutaneous tissue.
  • Pit bull attack wounds are very susceptible to becoming infected. Take your prescribed medication to is completion.
  • Attorney Thomas J. Newell has represented dog bite victims in 34 different PA Counties with many of his clients having been attacked by pit bulls.
  • Your PA dog bite lawyer aggressively pursues every possible legal option versus negligent pit bull owners.
  • Frequently, Thomas J. Newell, Esquire sues them with one or more additional claims for Punitive Damages.
  • Call the Pennsylvania pit bull attack attorney now at 800-980-4842.
  • Report the pit bull attack to the PA Dog Warden assigned to your County.

How Do I File a PA Dog Bite Claim?

Posted on: September 4th, 2021  padog

In order to have your Pennsylvania dog attack case ready for the filing of a PA lawsuit, 4 key components must be completed:

Medical Documents

Your PA dog bite attorney must order, pay for and acquire a complete copy of all of your medical records and bills.  If you are claiming an aggravation of a pre-existing condition, the acquisition of your family doctor’s medical records from the 5 previous years is a necessity.


If your dog attack wounds left permanent scars, your PA dog attack lawyer will need photos from the date of the attack, as well as current ones. Normally, a professional photographer is hired to take photos of permanent facial scars.

Evidence Accumulation

Your PA dog bite law firm must obtain a copy of Police Reports, PA Dog Warden Reports, witness statements and District Justice docket entries.

PA Dog Law & “The Rabies Act”

Filing a proper PA dog bite lawsuit is a complex endeavor. Your lawyer for dog attacks in Pennsylvania must have the necessary legal expertise to properly plead the cited violations of the PA Dog Law and The Pennsylvania Rabies Prevention and Control in Domestic Animals and Wildlife Act.

Is your PA dog bite case worth hiring a Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer with 40 years of experience? Speak with Attorney Thomas J. Newell today @ 800-980-4842.

How Much Is My PA Dog Attack Case Worth?

Posted on: August 15th, 2021  padog

There are 4 key components when discussing the value of a PA dog bite claim:

  1.   Legal responsibility of the dog owner
  2.   Insurance coverage
  3.   Objective indisputable injuries
  4.   Quality of your PA Dog Bite Attorney

Evidence of being bitten by a dog isn’t enough to bring a personal injury claim in Pennsylvania. Your PA dog attack lawyer must prove that the dog owner was negligent and/or violated the PA Dog Law.  PA is not a strict liability state.

The next key issue is identifying insurance coverage for the negligent dog owner. PA does not require a homeowner, renter and/or a dog owner to have liability insurance coverage. Attorney Thomas J. Newell‘s 40 years of experience has resulted in his conclusion that at least 90-95% of the negligent renters he comes across are uninsured. Filing a PA dog attack lawsuit vs. a renter who is not insured is not a sound economic decision.

Assuming there is an applicable insurance policy, the defense adjuster awaits proof that the dog bite victim incurred objective injuries that are not in dispute. Did the dog attack wounds require stitches, staples, surgery, injections and/or a hospital admission? Did the victim need to receive painful rabies injections?

The final component to discuss is the experience and expertise of your PA dog bite lawyer. An insurance adjuster closely evaluates your attorney based upon these criteria:

  1. How many years of personal injury litigation experience?
  2. Does your attorney focus his/her practice in representing PA dog attack victims – like Attorney Newell?
  3. Do they settle every case no matter what the offer or, like Attorney Thomas J. Newell, have they tried to verdict over 100 cases?
  4. What is their track record of obtaining payouts of $100,000.00 or more for their dog bite clients? Your Pennsylvania dog attack attorney has nearly 50 such settlements.

Mauled in a PA dog attack case? Call the PA dog attack lawyer now @ 800-980 -4842. All of Attorney Thomas J. Newell‘s clients receive a free home consultation.

How Do I Report a PA Dog Attack?

Posted on: July 18th, 2021  padog

Pursuant to the PA Dog Law, there are 3 groups of people that have the authority to investigate and file charges after a Pennsylvania dog attack:

*Your local police/PA State Police

*The PA Dog Warden for your County

*Your local Animal Control Officer

A call to 911 will result in the police initiating an investigation of the unprovoked dog attack. It is the experience of your PA dog attack attorney that cases that are turned over to the County Dog Warden are the ones that are most aggressively pursued and most frequently result in the filing of PA Dog Law charges and/or “Rabies Act” violations.

A key difference between a Dog Warden and a local Animal Control Officer is that only a PA Dog Warden can file “Harboring a Dangerous Dog” charges vs. a negligent dog owner. Your PA dog bite lawyer has had the honor of serving as legal counsel for dog attack victims in 34 separate Pennsylvania Counties. He frequently assists the PA Dog Wardens in prosecuting their cases at the Magisterial District Justice level versus law-breaking dog owners.

Attacked by the dog in Pennsylvania? Telephone Attorney Thomas J. Newell today at 800-980-4842. He provides free home consultations to all of his clients, no matter where they live in Pennsylvania. Put his 4 decades of expertise to work for you!

Can I Sue If a Dog Bites Me?

Posted on: June 19th, 2021  padog

Each state has its own laws regarding dog attacks. The PA Dog Law is a statute which establishes mandatory conduct on the part of Pennsylvania dog owners. The attorney for dog bites in PA provides a free home consultation to anyone whose case he decides to accept after having made his legal analysis.

In order for there to be a valid lawsuit, your PA dog attack law firm must be able to prove that the defendants violated the PA Dog Law or acted in an otherwise negligent fashion in response to the facts present on the day in question. There is no such thing as strict liability in PA dog bite cases. Claiming a dog bit you is not enough. Your Pennsylvania dog bite injury lawyer must prove a statutory violation by the dog owners or their negligent conduct on the day of the dog attack.

Attorney Thomas J. Newell has 40 years of personal injury litigation experience. Dog attack victims in 34 different PA Counties have chosen him to represent their legal interests and, if necessary, sue the dog owners.  Why not call 800-908-4842 to speak with Attorney Newell personally? You have one, and only one, opportunity to maximize the value of your Pennsylvania dog bite attack case. Make the wise decision and call the PA dog attack lawyer today.

What To Do If a Dog Bites You?

Posted on: June 12th, 2021  padog

  • If your skin is broken due to the dog bite, the ER doctor may give you a rabies shot(s), a tetanus shot and antibiotics.
  • Your PA dog bite attorney reminds you of the medical necessity to take your prescription medication to its completion.
  • Be on the lookout for signs of infection.  Promptly return to the hospital if you get a fever, see puss flowing from the wound and/or suffer from significant swelling in the area of the dog bite.
  • Telephone the PA dog attack injury lawyer at 800-980-4842.
  • If Attorney Thomas J. Newell agrees to accept your Pennsylvania dog bite case, he will provide you with a free home visit.

Can I Sue a PA Dog Owner?

Posted on: June 4th, 2021  padog

The PA Dog Law identifies the responsibilities of a Pennsylvania dog owner. If a dog leaves its property and bites you/your child, you have the right to sue that dog owner in the PA County where the unprovoked dog attack took place. Your PA dog bite lawyer has represented dog attack victims in 34 separate Pennsylvania Counties.

Attorney Thomas J. Newell provides a free home consultation to PA dog bite victims whose cases he is willing to take.  His initial work will concentrate on obtaining evidence and identifying the appropriate homeowners insurance company. The Pennsylvania dog attack attorney will also file a Right-to Know Request with government officials in Harrisburg to see if there were prior problems with this aggressive dog.

When are you contemplating suing a dog owner, it is critical that you hire a seasoned lawyer for dog bites. Attorney Newell’s first trial appearance on behalf of a PA personal injury victim was in 1982. Put his 39 years of litigation expertise to work for you!

Are There Differences in the Dog Laws of Pennsylvania and New Jersey?

Posted on: May 28th, 2021  padog

Under Pennsylvania Law, a PA dog attack victim is required to prove that a dog owner acted in a negligent fashion in order to prove their personal injury claim. New Jersey has a strict liability policy if the attack occurred on public property or the victim was lawfully on private property at the time of the unprovoked animal attack.

There are 2 specific problem areas for N.J. dog attack victims. New Jersey law allows a defendant to defeat the plaintiff’s claim if the dog owner can prove the victim was a trespasser or provoked the dog’s attack. There has been much litigation in New Jersey regarding what facts are needed to prove “provocation.” Homeowners insurance carriers aggressively rely on this defense to attempt to deny legitimate dog bite injury claims.

It is key to make sure your dog attack claim is handled by an experienced trial lawyer with great expertise in litigation cases on behalf of dog bite victims. Your Pennsylvania dog bite attorney has been chosen by dog attack victims in 33 different PA Counties to fight for their rights. Call Attorney Thomas J. Newell today at 800-980-4842 for a free consultation.


If a dog attacks a person in PA, will it be put down?

Posted on: October 26th, 2019  padog

If an unleashed dog pursues and bites someone in Pennsylvania, there are only 2 circumstances that would require euthanasia of the attacking dog:  If the human being was killed or if the dog was found to be dangerous by a judge after a prior attack and the instant dog bite was unprovoked.

The Pennsylvania dog attack attorney has assisted many PA Dog Wardens in the prosecution of Harboring a Dangerous Dog citations pursuant to Section 502 (A) of the PA Dog Law. Once a dog owner has been found guilty of this charge, there are multiple requirements/restrictions placed upon them. The dog must be neutered/spayed. The vicious canine must be muzzled anytime it is in public. A microchip is required to be implanted. An annual fee is required. Warning signs must be posted on the dog owner’s property. Liability insurance must be purchased.

The PA dog bite injury lawyer has served the legal needs of PA personal injury claimants for nearly 4 decades. Dog attack victims from 31 different Pennsylvania Counties have chosen Attorney Thomas J. Newell to serve as their legal representative. Personal injury attorneys have referred their dog bite cases to the Pennsylvania dog attack lawyer. Attorney Newell provides free home consultations to Pennsylvania dog bite victims. Speak with him today @ 800-980-4842.

How Much Do Insurance Carriers Pay For Dog Bites?

Posted on: September 7th, 2019  padog

If the  negligent dog owner owns his home and has homeowner’s insurance or is a renter with renter’s insurance, your lawyer for dog bite attacks in Pennsylvania will be dealing with an insurance defense adjuster. One of the first things that the professional evaluator will do is check on the qualifications of your lawyer.  Key questions include:

  • Is the victim’s attorney a “jack-of-all-trades” or is he someone who only represents PA personal injury victims?
  • What is the attorney’s experience and has he/she tried to verdict dozens and dozens of cases?
  • How many PA dog attack cases has he/she resolved and for how much?

Who represents you plays a big part in the defense’s perception of case value. If the attorney presenting the Pennsylvania dog attack claim is young or has little experience in dog bite litigation, why would the insurance company pay anywhere near “full value”?

The PA dog attack lawyer has been representing Pennsylvania personal injury victims for 38 years! He has served as legal counsel for dog bite victims in 31 different PA Counties. Attorney Newell obtains millions of dollars for his dog attack clients each and every year. When the defense doesn’t offer a fair value for the dog attack injuries, Thomas J. Newell files a lawsuit versus the negligent dog owner. Not surprisingly, the insurance carriers are frequently anxious to come to the negotiating table to avoid further litigation.

Searching for the right legal advice regarding Pennsylvania dog bite law? Call Attorney Newell today at 1-800-980-4842.  Your PA dog bite attorney provides a free HOME consultation anywhere in PA.