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$ 201,000.00                                       Reading PA

On September 16, 2015, your Reading dog attack lawyer received approval from Judge Schmehl of the Berks County Orphans’ Court to settle a Berks County PA dog bite claim for $201,000.00. Two years earlier, an eleven year old girl was at a family party when a mixed breed dog suddenly attacked her. She was bitten in the face and suffered a large laceration which required immediate medical care.

The Berks County dog attack victim was rushed to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Reading Pennsylvania. A surgeon used numerous stitches to expertly close the dog bite facial wounds. Fortunately, the antibiotics that were prescribed prevented any infection from developing. In the meantime, the young girl’s parents evaluated a number of Berks County dog bite law firms. It was important that they hire the top Reading dog bite attorney. The lawyer for dog attacks in Berks County provided a free home consultation to the girl and her parents in Oley PA. Attorney Thomas J. Newell promptly put the dog owner’s homeowners insurance company on notice of the Berks County PA dog bite claim.

One year later, the plastic surgeon evaluated the dog bite facial scar and concluded that corrective plastic surgery was not necessary. The lawyer for dog bites in Reading Pennsylvania ordered, paid for and obtained a copy of all of his client’s medical records and bills. Attorney Thomas J. Newell then sent them to the defense adjuster, along with photographs of the permanent facial scar. Soon Thereafter, settlement negotiations began and the parties were able to agree to the $201,000.00 Berks County PA dog attack settlement.

Attorney Newell prepared the Minor’s Compromise Petition and procured the detailed financial plan to invest the funds into a tax-free structured settlement annuity. This contract will ensure that guaranteed payments totaling over $177,000.00 will be made to the PA dog bite victim on her 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st birthdays. The Reading PA dog attack injury attorney was pleased to have obtained such a large dog bite settlement without having to file a Berks County Pennsylvania dog attack lawsuit versus his client’s relative.

$ 151,000.00                                          Reading PA

On June 14, 2016, your attorney for dog bites in Reading Pennsylvania concluded a $151,000.00 settlement for a Reading dog attack victim. Three years earlier, a mother had been asked by her daughter to watch her Cane Corso at her Berks County home during the time she was on a vacation. After providing food and fresh water, the woman went to say good-bye to the Cane Corso when it suddenly mauled her without any provocation.

An ambulance was called to the scene and they immediately took her to Reading Hospital. Dog bite wounds to her cheek, neck and upper lip were cleaned by the ER staff. A plastic surgeon was called in to repair the largest dog bite wound which was over 12 centimeters in length. Multiple injections of Lidocaine were needed to numb the area prior to the surgery. Dozens of stitches were used by the surgeon after he debrided the necrotic skin edges.

Once the facial dog attack wounds were stabilized, CT Scans were performed on her facial bones and neck. A tetanus shot was administered, as well as numerous medications including oxycodone and morphine. The Reading PA resident was discharged, but returned to the hospital two days later due to increased symptoms from the dog bite wounds. She was admitted for two days and treated for cellulitis of the neck.

Originally, the woman dealt with her daughter’s homeowners insurance company on her own. She ultimately decided that it was critical to choose the top Reading dog bite attorney to maximize all aspects of her personal injury claim. Attorney Thomas J. Newell provided a free home consultation in the comfort of her Berks County, Pennsylvania residence. He recommended that she begin care with a Berks County plastic surgeon who had previously treated one of Attorney Newell’s other Reading area dog attack victims.

Initially, a conservative course of treatment was used in the form of laser surgery treatments. When it became clear that the facial scar was still significantly visible, the Reading resident chose to undergo scar revision surgery to remove scar tissue which had built up in the year after the unprovoked dog attack. This surgical procedure did somewhat minimize the visibility of the facial wound and no follow-up medical care was planned.

The Reading dog bite attorney acquired the complete medical records file, billing statements and photographs taken soon after the Berks County dog bite attack. Attorney Newell then sent an experienced photographer to his client’s residence to obtain professional photographs that accurately depicted the permanent facial scar. Not only was the Berks County resident happy with the $151,000.00 dog bite settlement, but she was especially relieved that the Reading dog attack injury lawyer did not have to file a legal complaint versus her daughter.

$ 119,483.85                                     Reading PA

In December of 2023, the Reading PA Dog Bite Accident Lawyer concluded a Berks County, Pennsylvania dog attack lawsuit via court approval. Attorney Thomas J. Newell sued multiple defendants after a young girl had been bitten on her lip. The dog owners’ homeowners insurance company failed to enter into settlement negotiations prior to litigation.

The Pennsylvania Animal Attack Attorney filed a lawsuit against the title owner of the aggressive dog, as well as the property owners and an occupant of the building. After discovery had been concluded, the parties agreed to Mediation, and the settlement was procured through the assistance of a Scranton PA Mediator.

Attorney Thomas J. Newell‘s Minor’s Compromise Settlement Petition was filed with the Berks County Court of Common Pleas. On December 8, 2023, a Hearing was held before Judge Gavin in Reading, PA

$ 101,000.00                            Reading PA

On April 5, 2021, the Reading dog attack lawyer received approval from a Berks County judge to conclude a $101,000.00 Reading dog bite settlement. Attorney Thomas J. Newell provided separate free home consultations to the mother and father of a boy who had been mauled by his babysitter’s mixed breed dog in Reading PA. The child was playing in an unfenced front yard. The defendants’ unleashed, unmuzzled and unrestrained Australian Shepherd/collie mix launched an unprovoked dog attack.

The boy’s father was called, he rushed over to the defendants’ home and immediately drove his son to nearby Reading Hospital. There were 3 facial lacerations. An injection of a local anesthesia was administered. A plastic surgeon performed surgery which required several dozen sutures to close the dog bite wounds. Augmentin was prescribed by fight off infections.

A plastic surgeon evaluated the facial scars. Surgical scar revision with post-op laser treatments was suggested. The mother has decided to postpone surgery until her child becomes an adult. Mental health treatment was also rendered to deal with flashbacks, nightmares and a fear of dogs. The vicious dog attack also exacerbated some of the boy’s behavioral issues.

The attorney for dog bites in Reading PA has a history of resolving cases promptly and for outstanding results with the dog owners’ insurance adjuster. His detailed 11 page demand letter also included a complete copy of relevant medical records, bills and current photos. The homeowners’ insurance carrier quickly agreed to pay its $101,000.00 insurance policy limit. As per PA Law, your Reading dog bite accident lawyer presented a Minor’s Compromise Settlement Petition to the Berks County Court of Common Pleas, Orphans’ Court Division. Attorney Thomas J. Newell was pleased that the judge approved the settlement without the need for a formal hearing.

$ 80,000.00                                    Reading PA

On October 21, 2022, The Reading Dog Bite Attorney obtained an $80,000.00 pit bull attack settlement for a Berks County resident. The Reading PA woman and her leashed dog were enjoying a leisurely walk in a Berks County park when two unleashed pit bulls initiated an unprovoked attack upon both of them. Her lab was injured so severely that surgery and an overnight stay at a veterinary hospital were required to treat the pit bull attack wounds.

The woman suffered bite wounds to her hands that were treated at St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading. Because the negligent pit bull owners failed to comply with “The Rabies Act,” she received 5 rabies vaccine injections in order to prevent her from being infected with the deadly rabies virus.

After The Reading Dog Attack Injury Attorney was hired, he promptly filed a lengthy Complaint alleging nine different legal theories which would support a damage claim for the Berks County pit bull attack victim. The pit bull owners’ homeowners insurance company agreed to submit the case to Mediation where the $80,000.00 settlement was reached.

$$$$                                               Reading PA

On June 26, 2013, the Reading dog bite attorney received permission from Judge Schmehl of the Berks County PA Orphans’ Court to conclude a Reading dog attack claim via an out-of-court settlement. In December of 2010, a nine year old girl was sledding near her Reading Pennsylvania home. A neighbor’s pit bull jumped over a fence and attacked the helpless child.

The Berks County PA resident was rushed to Reading Hospital and Medical Center. She was placed under general anesthesia while the plastic surgeon cut away the dead tissue and repaired the dog bite lacerations to her arm and leg. Because the pit bull owner would not provide proof of vaccination shots, the PA dog attack victim also endured receiving four series of rabies injections which required three additional trips to the hospital.

Within days of the unprovoked pit bull attack, the Reading dog bite lawyer met with the family at their residence in Berks County PA. Attorney Newell initiated a full investigation. The tenant who owned the pit bull was an uninsured renter who fled the property after failing to pay her rent. She, of course, did not leave a forwarding address and took no responsibility for the dog bite attack and injuries caused to the little girl.

The attorney for dog bites in Reading PA turned his attention to the potential liability on the part of the property owner. Initially, the insurance company denied any responsibility for the attack because its insured did not own, control or maintain the renter’s pit bull. Ultimately, the parties agreed to take sworn statements of the little girl, her mother and a witness in Reading PA.

Testimony was given that showed that the landlord’s workers were aware of the presence of two pit bulls at the location. Your Reading dog attack injury lawyer argued that the landlord had a duty to increase the height of the fence so as to be able to keep the pit bulls in the yard. Attorney Newell’s legal theory was persuasive enough for the insurance company and the PA animal attack settlement was reached to avoid the filing of a Berks County dog bite lawsuit.


What characteristics would be important to consider when selecting a Reading dog attack lawyer?

    Your Reading dog attack attorney fights for PA dog bite victims each and every day. When you hire Attorney Thomas J. Newell to represent you, he focuses on two goals: Maximizing your dog bite case’s settlement value and creating a safer neighborhood for you and your friends by giving the dog owner a financial incentive to act more responsibly.
    There are many large Reading Pennsylvania area personal injury law firms that handle all types of civil litigation cases. Your lawyer for dog attacks in Reading PA only represents injured victims. He does not, nor will he ever represent an insurance company or a negligent dog owner.
    Dog bite victims from 38 different Pennsylvania Counties (including Berks County) have entrusted Attorney Newell with their PA dog attack claim. Shouldn’t you choose a Reading dog bite accident attorney whose work has earned the respect of lawyers and dog bite victims throughout Pennsylvania?
    Your Berks County dog bite case deserves the personal attention of a Reading dog bite injury lawyer who will review the facts of your dog attack and apply the PA Dog Law to your civil litigation claim. Attorney Thomas J. Newell will personally provide his complete analysis based upon his 39 years of experience.
    If there is a sufficient legal basis to move forward with the Berks County PA dog bite case, your attorney for dog attacks in Reading PA will immediately schedule a free HOME consultation. Call Attorney Newell today at 1-800-980-4842. Usually, he is able to schedule the free home visit within one to three days of your initial telephone call.
    Thomas J. Newell, Esquire knows that the best offense in attacking the legal theories of defense adjusters is to aggressively use the PA Dog Law. The Reading dog bite accident lawyer believes the Failure to Confine Statute (Section 305) and the Harboring a Dangerous Dog Statute (Section 502-A) provide him with ample legal firepower to overwhelm homeowners insurance companies.
    There are no specific standards for lawyers to meet before they can call themselves a PA dog bite lawyer. Any attorney licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania can make that claim. What separates your Reading dog bite injury attorney is his proven track record of success. Attorney Newell has obtained dog bite settlements of $100,000.00 or more in Berks County, Lehigh County, Carbon County, Montgomery County, Monroe County, Lebanon County, York County, Northumberland County, Adams County and Erie County.  Please remember that each PA dog bite claim has an economic value that is unique to the facts regarding legal liability and damages specific to that case. By thoroughly evaluating all relevant aspects of your dog attack and then comparing your dog bite claim to his past cases, the lawyer for dog bites in Reading PA is able to provide a detailed analysis to the dog owner’s representative concerning the full value of your animal attack claim.
    The Berks County Dog Warden is Edward Bunt. He can be reached at 610-909-1173. Attorney Thomas J. Newell urges all Pennsylvania dog bite victims to give their full cooperation to the PA Dog Wardens so that they can successfully prosecute negligent dog owners under the PA Dog Law. Your Reading dog attack injury attorney attends District Justice Hearings regarding his clients’ cases so as to fully prepare them for their testimony.
    Attorney Newell has been litigating Pennsylvania personal injury claims since 1981. It is critical that the homeowners insurance company representatives understand that your Reading dog bite lawyer has the trial experience necessary to fully litigate your Berks County dog attack claim. Doesn’t your Reading Pennsylvania dog bite case deserve the expertise of a PA dog attack attorney who has been representing Pennsylvania personal injury victims since 1981?

Our family was picnicking at Gring’s Mill Recreation Area when my daughter was bitten by an unleashed dog. What steps do you recommend that we take?

  • Please immediately take your daughter to a nearby Berks County medical care center for her dog attack wounds.
  • Berks County PA medical providers include:
    • Penn State Health – St. Joseph Medical Center
      2500 Bernville Road
      Reading, PA 19605
    • Reading Hospital
      Sixth Avenue & Spruce Street
      West Reading, PA 19611
    • Patient First Urgent Care
      2600 Paper Mill Road
      Wyomissing, PA 19610
    • Reading Hospital Quick Care
      3703 Perkiomen Avenue
      Reading, PA 19606
    • Reading Hospital Quick Care
      950B N. Wyomissing Blvd.
      Wyomissing, PA 19610
  • Dog attack wounds that break the skin oftentimes become infected. Frequently, treating physicians use rabies shots or a tetanus shot, along with antibiotics to maximize the potential of remaining infection-free.
  • Your Reading dog bite lawyer urges you to promptly fill each and every prescription recommended by your child’s doctor. Discharge instructions can be very informative in explaining what symptoms you should look for regarding potential infections.
  • The attorney for dog attack in Reading PA recommends that you photograph your daughter’s dog attack lacerations both before and after she receives her medical care. Don’t presume that the Berks County dog attack lawyer will be able to easily obtain photos taken by the staff at the Urgent Care Center or Hospital.
  • Call you child’s pediatrician’s office to set up a follow-up appointment.
  • The Reading dog bite injury lawyer suggests that you provide the dog owner’s contact information to the Berks County Health Department, the Berks County Dog Warden and/or the local animal control officer. It is critical to confirm the rabies vaccination information with the dog’s veterinary office.
  • There is a Pennsylvania mandatory 10 day quarantine period for any dog involved in a dog attack upon a human being or other animal to make sure that the dog is not rabid. Please note that the dog owner does not have to house his animal elsewhere. He can keep it at his home so long as it remains inside.
  • Telephone the Reading dog bite accident attorney at 800-980-4842.
  • Attorney Thomas J. Newell will personally analyze the facts of your Berks County dog bite claim with you.
  • If the lawyer for dog attacks in Reading, Pennsylvania concludes that he can win your PA dog bite case, he will promptly schedule your free HOME consultation. He will travel to your house, no matter where you live in Berks County. Many times he is able to meet with his new clients in 1 to 3 days.
  • Please promptly email the Reading dog bite injury attorney all photographs and videos you have of your daughter’s dog attack wounds to:
  • Contact the Berks County Dog Warden, Edward Bunt, at 610-909-1173. Hopefully, he will file PA Dog Law charges versus the negligent dog owner.
  • Give the Pennsylvania Dog Warden your full cooperation. Provide him with relevant photographs and medical records. If you are subpoenaed to attend a District Justice Hearing, make sure you arrive 30 minutes early so that the Reading dog bite accident lawyer can properly prepare you for your testimony.
  • Forward to Attorney Newell any photographs or videos you may possess of the attacking dog.
  • Information regarding past attacks by the vicious dog is helpful in allowing the attorney for dog bites in Reading PA to put significant pressure upon the homeowner’s insurance adjuster.
  • The Reading Pennsylvania dog attack injury lawyer will file a formal request with governmental officials in Harrisburg PA to obtain any records which prove prior vicious propensities on the part of the defendant’s dog.
  • Attorney Newell needs continuous updates regarding your child’s medical appointments and the contact information for all of her medical providers.
  • Please send to the Reading dog attack attorney copies of receipts for expenses incurred for deductibles and co-pays needed for your daughter’s medical care.
  • Once all of her medical care ends, please send to the lawyer for dog bites in Reading, Pennsylvania recent photos of her permanent facial scars.
  • Communications between a lawyer and his/her client can only be protected by the “attorney-client privilege” if those letters, conversations and emails are kept private between the two of them. Your Reading dog bite accident attorney requires all of his clients to keep all of their communications confidential to help improve Attorney Newell’s chance to maximize the value of the Berks County dog attack claim.
  • Attorney Newell guarantees that he will timely respond to your call, emails and letters. His commitment to personal service has resulted in many of his clients referring other personal injury victims to the Reading dog bite injury lawyer.


The PA dog attack lawyer has aggressively represented PA dog bite victims in 38 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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Reading Dog Bite Attack Attorney Hired

On 3/10/21, your lawyer for dog attacks in Berks County was hired to represent a young girl attacked by a Mastiff in Douglassville, PA. She had been visiting her father. His girlfriend’s Mastiff initiated an unprovoked attack that resulted in her being bitten in the face. The Reading dog bite lawyer provided a  free consultation.

Attorney Thomas J. Newell obtained key evidence regarding past prior vicious propensities. Previously, the vicious Mastiff had bitten a boy on his cheek. Section 502-A of the PA Dog Law, “Harboring a Dangerous Dog” would apply. Attorney Newell plans on holding the property owners, as well as the dog owner responsible for his client’s severe injuries.


Reading Dog Bite Lawyer Obtains $101,000.00 Settlement

On 3/1/21, your lawyer for dog attacks in Reading PA filed a Petition with Berks County Orphans’ Court regarding a 2016 dog attack. Attorney Thomas J. Newell‘s client was attacked by the defendants’ dog while playing with other children in the defendants’ front yard. He was rushed to the ER of Reading Hospital. Surgery was performed to repair the dog attack laceration to his face.

The Berks County dog attack attorney obtained a payout of the defendants’ $101,000.00 homeowners insurance policy limit. Attorney Newell has requested that the Berks County Judge approve the tax-free structured settlement annuity with a total payment of  $84,353.45. The attorney for Reading PA dog bites was able to obtain this maximum settlement offer without having to file a lawsuit.


Pit Bull Attack Victims Speak With Reading Dog Attack Lawyer

On 9/11/19, your attorney for dog bites in Reading PA provided a free consultation to a Reading, Pennsylvania man and his fiancee at their place of business in Berks County, PA. Attorney Newell reviewed the facts of this July 2019 unprovoked pit bull attack. The vicious dog left its property unleashed, unmuzzled and unsupervised. It pursued and attacked both Berks County dog bite victims, as well as their husky.

Potential PA Dog Law violations include: Failing to Confine (Section 305) and Harboring a Dangerous Dog (Section 502-A). Aggressive legal representation versus the negligent pit bull owners is a must.


Reading Dog Attack Attorney Gives Case Analysis

On 5/20/19, the Reading dog bite injury lawyer provided a free consult to a West Reading PA woman whose daughter was recently mauled. The little girl was visiting with her grandmother at a Montgomery County residence when an adult female Husky launched an unprovoked attack. She was bitten in her face.

The PA dog bite victim was rushed to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Five stitches were used to close the most prominent facial dog attack laceration. Follow-up appointments with a plastic surgeon and an oral surgeon are being scheduled. The lawyer for dog bites in Reading identified a prior dog-on-dog attack as proof of prior vicious propensities. Hopefully, the PA State Police will file PA Dog Law Charges.


Reading Dog Bite Attorney Contacted

On 3/21/19, the Reading dog attack attorney received a telephone call from a woman seeking a second opinion after being mauled by her boyfriend’s pit bull. Last fall she was at his residence just outside of Reading when the pit bull savagely bit both of her hands. She suffered multiple fractures, endured surgeries and had a nearly 2 week hospital stay.

Unfortunately, her boyfriend was an uninsured renter. The Berks County pit bull attack victim was not satisfied with the quality of legal work provided by her Philadelphia attorney. Therefore, she contacted your lawyer for dog attacks in Reading. Attorney Newell discussed – in general terms, the landlord’s legal responsibility regarding his tenants’ pets.


Reading Dog Attack Lawyer Provides Free Consultation

On 7/26/18, your lawyer for dog bites in Reading PA gave a free consultation to a woman whose 7 year-old son was recently attacked by a large dog. The dog owner negligently decided to entrust his aggressive canine to a young boy who could not control the dog. It bite the boy on his head and arm as he was about to enter the back entrance of his residence.

The Reading dog bite attorney obtained a detailed statement from the mother and provided her with a summary of the actions necessary to preserve her son’s legal rights in making a Reading dog bite claim. Attorney Thomas J. Newell can be reached at 800-980-4842.


Reading Dog Bite Lawyer Consulted

On 7/19/17, your attorney for dog attacks in Reading Pennsylvania provided a free consultation to a Berks County resident. The woman’s Maltese had been attacked and killed by an unleashed German Shepherd 10 days earlier. The Berks County Dog Warden was investigating this unprovoked dog attack.

Attorney Thomas J. Newell reviewed with the Reading PA woman her legal options in attempting to recover over $5,600.00 in veterinary expenses. Possible litigation at the District Justice level was discussed. The Reading dog attack attorney also discussed with the grieving pet owner the broad definition of “dog owner” as set forth in the PA Dog Law.


Attorney Newell Represents Reading Dog Bite Victim

On Sunday, July 24, 2016, your Reading PA dog attack injury attorney provided a free home consultation to the mother of a Reading PA dog bite victim. Her son had been mauled by a dog owned by a family friend. The young boy sustained severe dog bite wounds which required surgery with stitches. Attorney Newell appreciates the opportunity to serve as his legal counsel. He has begun a thorough investigation into this unprovoked Reading PA dog bite attack.