Fatal Monroe County Car Crash Victim Still Unidentified

Posted on: April 19th, 2014       Attorney Thomas Newell

On April 17, 2014, a one-car crash in Paradise Township, Monroe County resulted in the death of a driver. According to Allentown’s Morning Call, the Monroe County PA fatal car crash was caused by the driver striking a utility pole and tree on Upper Swiftwater Road.


The Poconos car accident victim was apparently trapped inside the car. When Pennsylvania State Police arrived at the scene of the accident, the vehicle was engulfed in flames. PA State Police are asking eyewitnesses to call them at 570-839-7701.

Attorney Newell has represented Monroe County personal injury victims since 1981. Call 800-980-4842 for a free HOME consultation. Visit his website: www.NewellLaw.com

Lowest # of PA Car Crash Fatalities in 85 Years

Posted on: April 10th, 2014       Attorney Thomas Newell

On April 9, 2014, PennDOT provided a Press Release which noted 1,208 recorded PA accident related deaths in 2013.  This is the lowest number since statistics began being compiled in 1928. According to Allentown’s Morning Call, the 7 County region encompassing the Lehigh Valley totaled 154 fatal car crash victims, 27 less than in 2012.


Deaths involving drivers age 75 and over increased to 142.  Some safety experts are concerned that certain senior citizen drivers may be driving while it is unsafe for them to do so. Experts note that older drivers may have failing eyesight and/or hearing.  425 occupants died in fatal car crashes after disregarding PA’s mandatory seat belt law.

If you or a family member have been injured in a PA car crash, call Attorney Newell today @ 800-980-4842.  Schedule your free HOME consultation with a PA personal injury attorney with 33 years of experience. Visit his website of www.NewellLaw.com

Rt. 309 Road Rage Defendant Caught

Posted on: March 26th, 2014       Attorney Thomas Newell

A March 20, 2014 article from Allentown’s Morning Call detailed a recent serious case of road rage on Route 309 in Hilltown Township, Bucks County. A driver contacted police after he claims a man in a pick-up truck had brandished a pistol near the Souderton exit of Route 309.


Police quickly responded to a 911 call and a Hatfield, PA driver was quickly apprehended and charged with simple assault & reckless endangerment. Fortunately, the defendant did not fire any shots. Attorney Newell always advises avoidance vs. confrontation.

Injured in a car accident? Call 1-800-980-4842 for a free HOME consultation. Put Attorney Newell’s 33 years of personal injury litigation experience to work for you. Visit his website: www.NewellLaw.com.

Maryland Legislation to Protect Dog Bite Victims One Step Closer to Fruition

Posted on: March 18th, 2014       Attorney Thomas Newell

On March 12, 2014, the MD House of Representatives passed a bill that would provide significant legal support for dog attack victims in Maryland. If signed into law by Gov. O’Malley, dog owners would be strictly liable for injuries their dog inflicted upon an innocent dog bite victim.


According to abc27.com, an amendment to the bill was approved which will hold the dog owner liable anytime a dog bites someone while it is running at large. Exceptions to liability would occur if the victim was trespassing or provoked the dog. The legislation was adopted after a brutal pit bull attack led Maryland’s Court of Appeals to issue an April 2012 landmark ruling in the case of Tracey v. Solesky.

Attacked by a dog in Pennsylvania? Call Attorney Newell today @ 800-980-4842. Your PA dog bite attorney has fought for victims’ rights since 1981. Visit Attorney Newell’s website: www.NewellLaw.com.  Follow him: www.twitter.com/DogAttackLawyer.

Does a Dog Actually Have to Bite Someone for its Owner to be Liable for Injuries?

Posted on: February 26th, 2014       Attorney Thomas Newell

On 2/19/14, Attorney Thomas J. Newell received a telephone call from a concerned dog owner. Someone opened the front door that morning and the family dog ran out into the street and chased a young boy. While the dog never actually bit the child, he did fall and sustained an injury to his arm.


The Allentown dog bite attorney informed the dog owner that he would be responsible for the injuries the boy sustained. Neither the PA Dog Law nor Pennsylvania personal injury law requires an actual bite for legal liability to be assessed to the dog owner.

Attacked by a dog? Attorney Newell has represented dog bite victims in 19 different Pennsylvania Counties. Call him today at 800-980-4842 for a free HOME consultation. Put his 32 years of experience to work for you. Visit his website @ www.NewellLaw.com. Follow him on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/DogAttackLawyer.


What Dog Attack Victims Should & Should NOT Do After They’ve Been Bitten

Posted on: February 17th, 2014       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Feb. 15, 2014, I received a call from a Lackawanna County dog bite victim requesting my legal assistance. Unfortunately, I could not accept her dog bite case. This is an ideal time for me to discuss mistakes some dog bite victims make:


  • NEVER listen to the plea/demand of the dog owner to not get medical care and not report the attack to the PA Dog Warden/Police.
  • ALWAYS seek immediate medical care and report the attack ASAP to the dog warden/police.
  • NEVER assume that you won’t be making a legal claim for your medical bills/injuries.
  • ALWAYS take pictures before AND after your ER care just in case they are needed to document your injuries.
  • NEVER act as your own legal counsel.
  • ALWAYS remember that the defense adjuster’s job is to pay you as little as possible – a task made much easier when dealing with an “amateur” lawyer.
  • NEVER assume that just any lawyer can handle your PA dog bite claim with expert legal advocacy.
  • ALWAYS remember the old proverb:  “A jack of all trades is a master of none.”  Hire an attorney who fights for PA dog attack victims every day.

Attacked by a dog? Hire a PA dog bite lawyer who has represented dog attack victims in 19 different Pennsylvania Counties. Call Attorney Newell today @ 800-980-4842 for your free HOME consultation. See his website: www.NewellLaw.com and follow him on Twitter @ www.twitter.com/DogAttackLawyer.

How Can a Dog Owner Reduce the Chance Their Dog Will Bite a Child?

Posted on: February 11th, 2014       Attorney Thomas Newell
  1. When your guests arrive with children, put your dog in a closed room and make the room off-limits to all of your visitors.
  2. If you allow your dog to interact with company, strongly consider always having adult supervision.
  3. Never let kids interfere with your dog if the dog is interacting with her puppies.
  4. Children shouldn’t be anywhere near a dog when it is eating.
  5. Children don’t like it when an adult invades their “face space.”  They should be taught the same applies to dogs. AMERICAN COCKER SPANIEL PUP
  6. Kids can jump on top off, pull ears and grab the tails of stuffed animals.  That conduct is never acceptable when it involves a family pet.
  7. People hug, dogs don’t!  Most dogs dislike it when a person tries to hug them.
  8. Screaming children running at/near a dog can startle or make the dog nervous – never a good thing!

Attorney Thomas J. Newell represents dog attack victims throughout PA.  Call him today at 800-980-4842 to set up your free HOME consultation.  Visit his website:  www.NewellLaw.com.  Follow in on Twitter @ www.twitter.com/DogAttackLawyer.

Can a Pit Bull Once Used For Dog Fighting Ever Be Truly Rehabilitated?

Posted on: January 27th, 2014       Attorney Thomas Newell

A January 17, 2014 pit bull attack in Pittsburgh, PA brought to the spotlight a serious question – what can be safely done with pit bulls rescued from a dog fighting ring?  As reported by KDKA TV, a 4 year-old pit bull escaped thru the front door of his new owner’s home as the man was retrieving his mail.


The unleashed pit bull attacked a pit bull of a couple who were following the PA Dog Law. Their dog was on a leash.  Unfortunately, it sustained some facial injuries.  The police had to taser the unleashed pit bull.  Its unapologetic owner stated:  “This dog couldn’t be more friendlier, affectionate & loyal.”

If you or a loved one have been bitten by an unleashed dog, please call Attorney Thomas J. Newell @ 800-980-4842.  Set up your free home consultation today.  Read about Attorney Newell’s dog attack case settlements at:  www.NewellLaw.com.

Attorney Newell Hired by Harrisburg Pit Bull Mauling Victim

Posted on: January 15th, 2014       Attorney Thomas Newell

On January 1, 2014, Attorney Thomas J. Newell provided a free home consultation to a Harrisburg, PA family whose 9 year-old son was bitten in the face by a neighbor’s pit bull.  The pit bull, “Nitro”, jumped over the fence installed by the plaintiffs on the property line.  The boy was treated at Pinnacle Health Hospital for the dog bite to his nose.


The parents of the Harrisburg pit bull attack victim described for Attorney Newell the lengthy history of Nitro, the pit bull, acting aggressively to area residents and/or running loose off its owner’s property.  Attorney Newell also spoke with a neighbor whose Weimaraner was pursued and attacked by the unleashed pit bull in April of 2012.

The PA Dog Law requires all dog owners to properly confine their dogs and to have them under control at all times.  If you have been attacked by a dog in Pennsylvania, call Thomas J. Newell at 1-800-980-4842.  Attorney Newell provides a free home consultation anywhere in PA.  More information re: his 32 years of experience can be found at www.NewellLaw.com.  Find him on Twitter @ www.Twitter.com/DogAttackLawyer.

PA Dog Bite Attorney’s Complaint Served Upon Dog Owner

Posted on: January 7th, 2014       Attorney Thomas Newell

On 12/24/13, a 27 page Complaint filed by your PA dog bite attorney was served upon a Dauphin County dog owner.  The legal pleading was filed by Attorney Thomas J. Newell on 12/20/13.  It alleged that his client was attacked on 11/21/12 by the defendant’s 3 boxers while delivering a package on behalf of Federal Express.

Dauphin_County_CourthouseAttorney Newell’s document described 3 separate attacks alleged to have been committed by the unrestrained boxers.  Therefore, the Complaint set forth 3 separate bases for a recovery of punitive damages versus the Dauphin County dog owner.

Attorney Newell has represented Pennsylvania dog attack victims in 19 different Counties.  Put his 32 years of experience to work for you.  Call 1-800-980-4842 for a free home consultation. Visit Attorney Newell’s website:  www.NewellLaw.com.   Follow him on Twitter @ www.twitter.com/DogAttackLawyer.