Archive for February, 2012

Attorney Newell Hired by Bucks County Dog Bite Victim

Posted on: February 27th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Feb. 21, 2012, Attorney Thomas J. Newell began his investigation of a Feb. 4, 2012 dog attack in Quakertown PA. The Bucks County PA dog attack victim was visiting a friend’s home on a farm outside Quakertown when 2 dogs were running loose and began to encircle her.

One of the unrestrained dogs bit her leg. Given the fact that these dogs were not confined as required by the PA Dog Law, as well as their history of prior vicious propensities, it is our hope that the negligent Bucks County dog owner will be charged with violations of the PA Dog Law.

If you or a family member have been attacked by a vicious dog, please telephone Thomas J. Newell, Esquire at 800-980-4842 to schedule a free home consultation. Attorney Newell would like to put his 30 years of experience to work for you. He currently represents dog bite victims in 9 different counties in Pennsylvania. Visit his website of PADogAttackLawyer.com.

Allegheny County Newborn Killed by Family’s Husky

Posted on: February 21st, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Feb. 16, 2012, a three day old boy was mauled to death by one of the family’s 4 dogs. The infant’s mother told the McKeesport Police Department that she left the baby in a carrier on the living room floor to go upstairs to use the bathroom. When she returned, the family’s pit bull & husky were circling around the screaming infant.

When the mother pulled away the husky, there was blood on its face and she saw severe bite wounds to her son’s head. The Allegheny County dog bite victim was flown to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (UPMC) where he was pronounced dead a short time later. An autopsy was scheduled to be performed by the Allegheny County Coroner’s Office.

Wpix.com has reported that the husky had displayed prior aggressive/vicious tendencies in the past. These acts included killing the family’s cat and trying to jump out of a window to go after other neighborhood animals. The boy’s mother had been cited in 2011 for violating the PA Dog Law regarding proper vaccinations for her dogs. Both the husky and pit bull were removed from the home by a McKeesport animal control officer. A local McKeesport ordinance limits each household to 2 dogs.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that there were 4 dogs inside the home at the time of the fatal PA dog attack. If you or a loved one have been attacked by a dog, please call 800-980-4842 to set up a free home consultation with Thomas J. Newell, Esquire. Attorney Newell represents dog attack victims throughout PA. Put his 30 years of experience to work for you. Visit PADogAttackLawyer.com to read more about Attorney Newell’s work on behalf of Pennsylvania dog bite victims.

Arrest in Chester County Motorcycle Accident Fatality

Posted on: February 18th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Feb. 13, 2012, the Chester County District Attorney announced an arrest regarding the fatal motorcycle-car hit & run accident in East Brandywine Township on Feb. 5, 2012. According to articles in The Pottstown Mercury and abclocal.go.com, Michael Orsini was riding his motorcycle on Route 322 at around 11:00 p.m. when a Chevy Cavalier hit the cycle and ran him off the road.

First responders arrived at the scene of the Rt. 322 motorcycle crash and found a badly wrecked motorcycle and severely injured Orsini. The Chester County PA motorcycle crash victim was taken to Brandywine Hospital and then airlifted to the Paoli Hospital Trauma Unit where he died a short time later.

Police found an abandoned Chevy Cavalier on Route 30 with its license plate removed. The car had serious accident-related damage and its airbags had been deployed. Investigators tracked down the Coatesville PA owner of the damaged car. He confessed to being the driver who hit the motorcycle and fled the scene.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact Thomas J. Newell, Esquire. Call 800-980-4842 to set up a free home consultation with Attorney Newell. He has been representing PA personal injury victims since 1981. Visit his website of NewellLaw.com.

Chester County’s Dog Fighting Problem

Posted on: February 16th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

A Feb. 9, 2012 article from Philly.com highlighted the growing dogfighting problem in Chester County PA. A Caln Township police officer found a severely injured pit bull in a ravine near Coatesville Pennsylvania. The dog was transported to West Chester Veterinary Medical Center. A veterinarian determined that the pit bull’s injuries could have been caused by dogfighting.

A Chester County SPCA spokesman opined that dogfighting was on the rise in the County. He said signs of the illegal activity would include “an inordinate number of pit bulls in one location, dogs that are chained and unsocialized, as well as dogs with scars on their faces, front legs, hind end and thighs.” A criminal charge of felony animal cruelty can result in a prison term of up to 7 years and a maximum fine of $15,000.00.

If you or a loved one have been bitten by a dog in PA, please contact Thomas J. Newell, Esq. at 800-980-4842. Arrange for a free home consultation with an attorney who represents dog bite victims throughout the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Put Attorney Newell’s 30 years of experience to work for you. Information regarding Attorney Newell’s dog bite settlements and the PA Dog Law can be found at PADogAttackLawyer.com.

Ohio Bill to Change Vicious Dog Legislation

Posted on: February 13th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Feb. 8, 2012, Ohio’s House of Representatives agreed with the Ohio Senate and passed a bill to make a significant change to their dog law. According to SanduskyRegister.com, Ohio state law currently defines a “vicious” dog as one that:

* has seriously hurt or killed a person
* killed another dog
* is among those breeds commonly referred to as pit bulls

The amendment to their dog law removes any reference to pit bulls. If signed by the Governor, pit bull attack victims must prove that the individual pit bull that bit them was actually vicious. Some dog wardens were vocal in their opposition to this change citing the severe injuries pit bulls frequently inflict.

If you or a loved one have been attacked by a pit bull, call 800-980-4842 for a free home consultation with Thomas J. Newell, Esquire. For over 30 years, Attorney Newell has been representing PA personal injury victims. Dog bite victims in 14 different Pennsylvania Counties have hired Attorney Newell in the last 2 years. Put his experience to work for you. For more information, visit his website of PADogAttackLawyer.com.

Bucks County Resident Attacked by Australian Shepherd

Posted on: February 7th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Feb. 4, 2012, an 18 year-old woman from the Quakertown PA area was visiting her friend’s home when 2 Australian Shepherds owned by a neighbor aggressively circled around her. One of these vicious dogs attacked her and bit her left leg. The Bucks County dog bite victim was taken to Quakertown Hospital where the puncture wounds and scratches were cleansed and treated with an antibiotic.

Further investigation has uncovered the fact that these Australian Shepherds have attacked multiple people in the past. Proof of prior vicious propensities will enable the Quakertown PA dog bite lawyer to maximize the potential value of his client’s case. The Bucks County dog warden, Verna North, has determined that the attacking dog was licensed and up to date with its rabies vaccination shots.

Attorney Newell currently represents dog attack victims in 9 different counties throughout Pennsylvania. Call 800-980-4842 to set up a free home consultation. Put his 30 years of experience to work for you. Visit his website of PADogAttackLawyer.com.

Venango County Pit Bull Attacks Family Member

Posted on: February 4th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Jan. 25, 2012, a 9 year-old Oil City PA boy was viciously attacked by his family’s pit bull inside his own bedroom. According to goerie.com, the young boy was getting dressed for school when the pit bull jumped up and bit him on the face causing severe injuries. Police said the 9 year-old was bitten several times in the unprovoked attack.

The Venango County pit bull attack victim was first taken to UPMC Northwest in Seneca, Cranberry Township. The nine year old was later transferred to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Sadly, this is yet another example of this vicious breed of dog turning on a family member.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a PA dog attack, please call Thomas J. Newell, Esquire at 800-980-4842 for a free home consultation. Attorney Newell has been representing PA personal injury victims since 1981. More information regarding PA pit bull attacks can be found at PADogAttackLawyer.com.