Archive for November, 2010

Carlisle Pit Bull Attacks Again

Posted on: November 30th, 2010       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Nov. 26, 2010, a vicious pit bull attacked another victim in Carlisle PA. As described at wgal.com, a 12 year-old boy was walking with his mother on D Street in Carlisle when a brown pit bull bit the boy on his right leg. The pit bull was loose and running unrestrained in the neighborhood in violation of the PA Dog Law.

The Carlisle dog bite victim was taken to Cumberland County Hospital. Neighbors claim that this pit bull has shown past vicious propensities, as this was not the first time the dog had attacked. Hopefully, the Carlisle Police Department will charge the pit bull owner with harboring a dangerous dog and failure to confine.

Your Pennsylvania dog attack lawyer has represented many pit bull attack victims throughout his 30 years of legal advocacy for Pennsylvania personal injury victims. If you have suffered serious injuries in a PA dog attack, please call me ASAP at 800-980-4842 to review your dog bite case. I will come to your home for a free home consultation. My website contains detailed information regarding PA dog bite victims’ rights – PADogAttackLawyer.com.

Northampton DUI Driver Flees Cops on Route 22

Posted on: November 26th, 2010       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Nov. 21, 2010, a Walnutport driver lead a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper on a high speed chase thru Lehigh County and Northampton County before he was finally arrested. As described in The Morning Call, a 35 year-old Walnutport man first attempted to flee the officer after he made a left turn on a red light on Airport Road.

The reckless defendant drove onto Route 22 allegedly traveling up to 90 mph before he got off at the Catasauqua exit. After running multiple stop signs, the Northampton County driver fled on foot near Union Blvd. where he was arrested. Among the many charges filed against the defendant were drunk driving, driving with a suspended license and reckless driving.

As a Pennsylvania car crash lawyer, I have represented many accident victims whose injuries were caused by DUI defendants and/or hit and run drivers. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a PA auto accident, I ask that you call me at 800-980-4842. I provide a free home consultation. My 30 years of experience is detailed on my website: www.NewellLaw.com.

Carbon County Dog Bite Settlement Approved by Judge

Posted on: November 24th, 2010       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Nov. 22, 2010, Senior Judge Richard W. Webb approved a Minor’s Compromise Settlement Agreement in a dog bite case for a total payout of $22,880.85. On April 8, 2010, a young woman from Albrightsville PA was attacked by a German Shepherd in the Indian Mountain Lakes Community. The unprovoked attack resulted in her receiving puncture wounds to her arm and wrist.

Her parents hired your Pennsylvania dog bite attack attorney to represent her in a personal injury case. Since the German Shepherd was on a leash when the dog attack took place, Attorney Newell knew it was critical to prove prior vicious propensities. He contacted a witness who had been attacked by the German Shepherd the previous summer. He drafted an Affidavit which she promptly signed. This document allowed your PA dog bite lawyer to prove prior vicious propensities and establish liability on the part of the dog’s owners.

The PA dog bite victim received medical care at GNADEN HUETTEN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL in Lehighton PA. The dog bite wounds were cleaned and she was given a rabies vaccine injection. Since it was unclear as to whether the German Shepherd had been properly vaccinated, she returned on 4 subsequent dates to complete the entire series of 5 rabies vaccine injections.

As the young woman was not 18 when the dog bite case settled, the trial judge’s approval was required pursuant to PA Law. Hiring an experienced PA dog bite lawyer is critical if you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a dog bite attack. Please call me at 800-980-4842 to review your dog bite case. I provide a free home consultation. Information regarding my experience and the PA Dog Law can be found at PADogAttackLawyer.com.

Alcohol Related Accidents in Private Communities in the Poconos Can Be Prosecuted

Posted on: November 19th, 2010       Attorney Thomas Newell

A Nov. 17, 2010 article in The Pocono Record detailed the shift in law enforcement’s view to permit prosecution of drunk driving accidents in the private communities of Pike County and Monroe County. The article reports that there are over 56,000 homes in private developments in the Poconos. PA State Police do not patrol inside these communities and public officials were concerned over the lack of DUI prosecutions.

A recent Pike County DUI conviction showed the District Attorney’s willingness to protect all Pennsylvania residents regardless of where they live. A defendant was charged with drunk driving after he had a motorcycle crash in the Saw Creek private development in Bushkill. The defense claimed that alleged DUI violations under the PENNSYLVANIA MOTOR VEHICLE CODE would not support a conviction for an accident in a private community.

Judge Joseph Kameen ruled that since members of the public, including friends, family & contractors, have routine access to these communities, their roads should be considered as public thoroughfares. As a Pennsylvania car accident lawyer, I have represented many car crash victims in the Pocono Mountains. These innocent people deserve to have the full protection of the PENNSYLVANIA MOTOR VEHICLE CODE regardless of the location of the auto accident.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a PA car wreck, please contact me ASAP at 800-980-4842. I will set up your free home consultation at a date and time of your convenience. For more Pennsylvania accident information, please see my website of www.NewellLaw.com.

Is Pennsylvania Doing Enough to Monitor “Dangerous Dogs?”

Posted on: November 16th, 2010       Attorney Thomas Newell

A November 8, 2010 article from goerie.com noted the ever increasing list of Pennsylvania  dogs adjudicated to be “dangerous dogs” under the PA Dog Law. According to Tim Hahn of  the Times-News, there are currently 246 dogs on Pennsylvania’s “dangerous dogs” list.  Nicole Bucher of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture indicated that their agency is  attempting to update the list to include dogs whose owners have not registered their  dangerous dogs in violation of PA Law.

As a Pennsylvania dog attack lawyer, I have first-hand knowledge of the prosecution of  owners who harbor dangerous dogs. If there is a conviction, the owner of the dangerous  dog must do the following:

1.    Keep the dog confined within an approved enclosure;

2.    Post the premises with a clearly visible warning sign that there is a dangerous dog on the property;

3.    Conspicuously display a sign with a warning symbol that informs children of the presence of a dangerous dog;

4.    Permanently identify the dangerous dog by having a microchip implanted;

5.    Have the dangerous dog spayed or neutered at the dog owner’s expense;

6.    Obtain and maintain a liability insurance policy of at least $50,000.00;

7.    Pay an annual $500.00 fee for a dangerous dog certificate;

8.    Pay court-ordered restitution to any victim of the dangerous dog.

9.    If the dangerous dog is taken outside of the mandatory proper enclosure, the dog must  be muzzled and restrained by a substantial chain/leash and under the   physical restraint of a responsible person.

Hiring an experienced PA dog bite attorney is prudent when you or a loved one has been  seriously injured due to a dog bite attack. I have been representing Pennsylvania personal  injury victims for nearly 30 years. If you have suffered a serious dog bite wound please call me at 800-980-4842. I provide a free home consultation. My experience in representing  Pennsylvania dog bite victims is noted on my website – PADogAttackLawyer.com.

Minimal Auto Medical Insurance Coverage Causes a Financial Catastrophe

Posted on: November 12th, 2010       Attorney Thomas Newell

The October 2010 settlement of a Lehigh Valley car accident case should have netted the personal injury victim tens of thousands of dollars more in his pocket. However, a family decision regarding the level of medical insurance coverage drastically reduced his net recovery. An April 2010 motor vehicle crash on Route 248 was caused by a negligent driver making a left turn into the path of an oncoming car.

The Northampton County personal injury victim was taken to ST. LUKE’S HOSPITAL in Bethlehem PA where he underwent several surgeries due to multiple fractures to his face, head & hand. Your Pennsylvania car crash lawyer was soon hired to represent this badly injured young man. His medical bills quickly exceeded $100,000.00. Unfortunately, his family had only paid for $10,000.00 of medical insurance coverage thru their car insurance policy.

His mother’s personal health insurance plan paid over $61,000.00 in medical benefits. While there is no obligation to reimburse the auto insurance company, in some circumstances, as it was in this case, a victim must pay back – from their settlement proceeds – the private health insurance carrier for medical bills paid on their behalf. Despite the fact that there was no attorney discount language in the insurance subrogation clause, your PA car wreck attorney was able to negotiate a 10% discount.

I urge all Pennsylvania residents to review their auto insurance policies. Please ensure that you have the maximum medical insurance coverage that your own economic situation permits. If you are in need of the services of a Pennsylvania auto accident attorney with 30 years of experience, I suggest you telephone me at 800-980-4842. I provide a free home consultation. For a more detailed review of auto insurance issues as they relate to motor vehicle accidents, please visit my website of www.NewellLaw.com.

Lehigh Valley Rottweiler Attack Victim Undergoes 2nd Facial Surgery

Posted on: November 9th, 2010       Attorney Thomas Newell

In September of 2010, a Lehigh Valley dog bite victim underwent a second facial surgical procedure as a result of injuries caused by a rottweiler attack. In September of 2009, a 4 year-old girl was the victim of a vicious and unprovoked attack. She was rushed to the Lehigh Valley Hospital Trauma Center in Allentown, PA.

Approximately 50 stitches were used by the surgeon to close the facial wounds. Soon thereafter her parents hired a large law firm to make a personal injury claim on her behalf. Several months later they received a letter in the mail from their lawyer dismissing them as clients and claiming that there was no insurance coverage.

Your Pennsylvania dog bite attorney was then hired and I immediately conducted a full investigation which uncovered not one but two sources of insurance coverage – one for the owner of the rottweiler and an additional policy for the homeowner in whose home the attack occurred. I advised the parents to have her facial scars examined by a top Lehigh Valley plastic surgeon.

The decision was made to perform a second surgery one year after the attack as it was clear that the permanent facial scars could be minimized to some degree. Scar excision surgery was performed and we are awaiting a 3 month post-operative appointment to see if additional surgery is necessary.

Hiring the right PA dog attack lawyer is critical for any serious dog bite case. The attorney’s job is not only to identify sources of insurance coverage, but also provide helpful guidance in obtaining the best medical care for the dog bite victim. If you, a family member or friend have been seriously injured in a dog bite attack, I ask that you call me ASAP at 800-980-4842. As part of my dedication to personal service, I provide a free home consultation. You may also obtain additional information regarding my expertise at PADogAttackLawyer.com.

Senseless Tragedy in Monroe County DUI Fatal Crash

Posted on: November 5th, 2010       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Nov. 2, 2010, an East Stroudsburg PA accident victim was killed by a Pike County driver who has been charged with multiple crimes concerning a possible DUI. As described in the Pocono Record, a 20 year-old Monroe County resident was making a left turn on Route 209 when he was rear-ended by an alleged drunk driver from Tamiment.

A Pennsylvania State Police investigation determined that the victim’s minivan was forced up a grassy incline and then flipped over. The innocent driver was taken from the scene of the Rt. 209 car wreck to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown. The Lehigh County Coroner pronounced him dead after his admittance to the Trauma Center. His teenage passenger was treated at Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg, PA.

As a Pennsylvania car accident attorney, I have represented many personal injury victims who were injured in Route 209 accidents. The causes of these crashes vary. Sometimes it is speed, other times it is alcohol consumption. Many Route 209 crashes are caused by drivers following too closely behind other cars that are turning into one of the many businesses along Rt. 209. This fatal accident needlessly took the life of a 2008 honors graduate from East Stroudsburg High School.

If you have been seriously injured in a Route 209 crash or in any other accident on Pennsylvania’s highways. I ask that you immediately call me at 800-980-4842. You deserve to have an experienced PA car crash lawyer thoroughly review your case and set up a free home consultation. For additional information regarding your potential claim, I suggest you visit my website of www.NewellLaw.com.

Rottweiler Attack Victim Has Third Surgery

Posted on: November 2nd, 2010       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Oct. 28, 2010, a young boy from Chester County PA had his third facial surgery after a vicious Bucks County dog bite attack in 2009. The child was visiting family in Levittown PA when the rottweiler, without provocation, mauled him. The Pennsylvania dog bite victim was rushed to St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, PA.

A plastic surgeon was called to the hospital to perform surgery on the 5 cm jagged laceration to the boy’s cheek. Approximately 30 stitches were needed to close the large dog bite wound. Your PA dog bite attorney was soon hired to represent the young child. For several months after the surgery, the dog attack victim was required to avoid all exposure to the sun.

Unfortunately, the facial scar widened and became raised. Ten months after the attack, scar revision surgery was needed. Scar tissue was removed and the bite wound area was smoothed out. The third and hopefully final surgery was performed in October of 2010. This 2nd scar revision surgery was needed to address problems not fully resolved by the Oct. 2009 surgery.

As a Pennsylvania dog bite lawyer,  I am very aware of the fact that mental trauma can be just as debilitating to the dog bite victim and his/her family as the physical injuries. I always encourage my PA dog bite clients and their loved ones to receive assistance from mental health experts whenever necessary. If you are in need of an experienced PA dog bite attorney, I suggest you call me ASAP at 800-980-4842. I will come to your home to fully review your Pennsylvania dog bite case. More information regarding my qualifications can be found at PADogAttackLawyer.com.