Archive for November, 2011

Westmoreland County Pit Bull Attack Results in Severe Facial Injuries to Boy

Posted on: November 22nd, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Nov. 18, 2011, a 5 year-old boy suffered severe injuries after a vicious pit bull attacked him in Herminie PA. According to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Westmoreland County pit bull attack victim was playing on this front lawn when a pit bull that was running loose in the community savagely bit him all over the face.

His father and grandfather tried to pull the pit bull off him but were only successful after they hit it several times with a rock. The pit bull did not have any ID tags on it or any way of identifying it or its owner. So far, no dog owner has come forward.

The PA dog attack victim was medevaced to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC where he was operated on. It is anticipated that numerous surgeries may be needed to repair his facial wounds. He remains hospitalized. If you or a family member have been attacked by a dog, please call 800-980-4842 for a free home consultation. Attorney Thomas Newell has been representing PA personal injury victims for over 30 years. His website of provides many details on the PA Dog Law.

No PA Dog Law Charges After Union County Pit Bull Attack

Posted on: November 15th, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Nov. 3, 2011, Union County Dog Warden Ken Snyder concluded his investigation and did not file any PA Dog Law charges after an Oct. 21, 2011 Union County pit bull attack. As described in the, the PA dog warden noted that the dog was licensed, current with its rabies shots and was euthanized immediately after the 10 day mandatory quarantine time period had ended.

The 50 pound Straffordshire Terrier lived with its owners Susan and William Stackhouse in the 600 block of Vine Street in New Berlin. An 83 year-old neighbor, Frances Stover, stopped by to drop off a newspaper clipping. The Union County dog bite victim opened up a gate to visit with the dog owners when the pit bull charged thru a dog door. She was bitten more than 50 times by this vicious pit bull.

Two weeks after the unprovoked pit bull attack, the Union County resident was still hospitalized at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville PA. If you or a loved one have been bitten by a dog, please call Attorney Thomas J. Newell at 800-980-4842 for a free home consultation. Attorney Newell has been fighting for victims’ rights since 1981. To learn more about his 30 years of experience, see his website of

Monroe County Dog Bite Victim to Receive a $135,255.27 Payout

Posted on: November 11th, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Nov. 8, 2011, a Monroe County Court of Common Pleas Judge approved a Minor’s Compromise which provided for a total settlement payment of $135,255.27. The Poconos dog bite victim was visiting at a relative’s home when she was bitten in the face by a mixed breed dog in Carbon County PA.

The Kunkletown PA dog attack victim received medical care at Pocono Medical Center. A prominent Lehigh Valley plastic surgeon performed surgery on the 2 year-old girl. She was given 6 injections and approximately 40 stitches were used to repair the facial lacerations. Fortunately, the surgeon’s work was of such high quality that scar revision surgery was not necessary.

If you or a family member have been seriously injured in a dog bite attack, you deserve to have your legal case analyzed by a lawyer with 30 years of experience. Call Attorney Thomas J. Newell at 800-980-4842 to set up your free home consultation. Please visit his website of for more information regarding his representation of dog bite victims throughout Pennsylvania.

Family Pit Bull Mix Bites Off Woman’s Ear

Posted on: November 4th, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Oct. 26, 2011, a PA pit bull attack victim had her ear bitten off by a pit bull mix in Philadelphia. According to various media reports, a 19 year-old woman suffered a seizure in her family’s home in the 5200 block of Arlington Street in Philly.

The family’s 6 month old pit bull mix immediately attacked her, severing her right ear. The Pennsylvania pit bull attack victim was rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A Philadelphia police officer investigating this vicious dog attack found the missing portion of her ear and rushed it to HUP. The pit bull mix has been quarantined at the Pennsylvania SPCA.

If you or a loved one have been attacked by a pit bull, please call Thomas J. Newell, Esquire for a free home consultation. Attorney Newell has 30 years of experience fighting for victim’s rights in Pennsylvania. His toll free number is 800-980-4842. Information concerning the PA Dog Law can be found at his website:

PA Teen Driving Law Signed by Gov. Corbett

Posted on: November 2nd, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Oct. 25, 2011, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed “Lacey’s Law” which was passed by the PA Legislature in an attempt to reduce PA car accident fatalities caused by teenage drivers. For the first 6 months after receiving a junior license, a driver under the age of 18 will not be permitted to have more than 1 non-related passenger unless the driver’s parent or guardian is also a passenger.

After this 6 month time period, a junior license driver may have up to 3 passengers under 18 so long as they have not received any violations or been responsible to any degree for a motor vehicle accident. These restrictions apply until the junior driver turns 18. Violations of PA’s seatbelt law are now a primary offense for those under the age of 18.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a PA car crash, please contact Thomas J. Newell at 800-980-4842. Attorney Newell has been representing Pennsylvania auto accident victims for over 30 years. Call today for a free home consultation. His website of details his legal experience since 1981.