Archive for August, 2012

Allegheny County Pit Bull Owner Guilty of Failure to Confine Dog

Posted on: August 27th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

On August 24, 2012, Attorney Thomas J. Newell spoke with the sister of an Allegheny County pit bull attack victim.  In late July, the woman was walking her dog in McKeesport PA when a pit bull attacked her and the Shih Tzu.  The pit bull was being walked by a young boy who could not control it.

The PA dog bite victim suffered a concussion when she hit her head on the street.  She also cut her hand which required 15 stitches to close.  She still suffers from numbness and tingling in her right hand and remains under her doctor’s care.  Her medical expenses are mounting for co-pays and deductibles.

The defendant was charged with violating the PA Dog Law.  On July 31, 2012, the defendant was found guilty of failing to confine her pit bull in violations of Section 305 of the PA Dog Law.  The District Justice refused to order restitution for the victim’s out-of-pocket medical expenses.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a PA dog attack, call Attorney Newell at 1-800-980-4842 for a free home consultation.  Put his 30 years of experience to work for you.  See for more information.

Another Pit Bull Owner Flees Scene of Attack

Posted on: August 23rd, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

An August 17, 2012 investigative report on highlighted a recent pit bull attack which left the victim hospitalized while the pit bull owner fled the area.  On Aug. 13th, an eleven year old boy was playing video games at his uncle’s home in Donora PA.  Suddenly the boy was attacked by his uncle’s 2 pit bulls.

The Washington County dog bite victim suffered severe dog bite wounds to the head and arms.  13 staples were needed to close a large wound to his head.  Stitches were used to close the dog bite lacerations on both arms.

The Washington County pit bull owner fled the area with his two pit bulls.  Donora police are investigating.  Hopefully, PA Dog Law charges, as well as criminal citations will follow.  If you or a loved one have been mauled by a dog in PA, call Attorney Thomas J. Newell at 800-980-4842.  Put his 30 years of experience to work for you.  See his website:

Attorney Newell Obtains $130,000.00 Settlement for Rottweiler Attack Victim

Posted on: August 20th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Aug. 16, the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas approved a $130,000.00 personal injury settlement for a 4 year-old Rottweiler attack victim.  The little girl was at a family party when the homeowner and the rottweiler’s owners left to go watch a football game.  The dog was left unrestrained and with full access to the home and all of the guests.

The Lehigh Valley dog bite victim was bitten several times in the face.  Surgeons from Lehigh Valley Hospital used approximately 50 stitches to close all of the dog bite wounds.  A year later, she underwent scar revision surgery to improve the appearance of her facial scars.

Initially, the homeowner’s insurance companies that represented the defendants refused to make a settlement offer.  After the lawsuit was filed and discovery undertaken, the $130,000.00 settlement was agreed to and approved by Judge J. Brian Johnson at the request of Attorney Thomas J. Newell.

If you or a loved one were attacked by a dog in Pennsylvania, call Atty Newell at 800-980-4842.  Set up your free home consultation anywhere in PA.  See his website: to read about his 30+ years of experience.

Bucks County Pit Bull Owner Pleads Guilty

Posted on: August 17th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Aug. 13, 2012, Attorney Thomas J. Newell learned that a Bucks County PA pit bull owner had plead guilty to 2 violations of the PA Dog Law, including harboring a dangerous dog.  The defendant, a Hulmeville PA resident, owned a pit bull that recently attacked a 13 year-old boy.

The Bucks County pit bull attack victim needed 9 stitches to close dog bite wounds to his hands and leg.  He continues to complain of numbness flowing from his wrists into his fingers.  According to a Doylestown PA area hand surgeon, the nerves in his hands need time to regenerate.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a pit bull attack, contact Attorney Thomas J. Newell at 800-980-4842.  Set up your free home consultation today.  See his website:

PA Law Signed to Protect Service Dogs

Posted on: August 14th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

An Aug. 6, 2012 report on discussed the signing of a new bill in Pennsylvania to protect service dogs used by people who are disabled.  House Bill 165 makes it a 3rd degree misdemeanor crime, with a fine of up to $5,000.00, if a dog attacks a service dog while performing its duties.

Additional financial penalties could be levied against the owner of the vicious dog for vet bills and the costs of retraining or replacing the service dog.  An Erie County dog bite victim was a persistent advocate for a bill such as this as her service dogs have been attacked over 6 times while working for her benefit.

If you or a family member have been injured in a PA dog bite attack, call 800-980-4842 to set up a free home consultation with Thomas J. Newell, Esquire.  Attorney Newell has represented dog bite victims in 14 different Pennsylvania Counties.  See his website:

Lehigh County Dog Bite Victim Consults Attorney Newell

Posted on: August 10th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Aug. 1, 2012, a Lehigh County PA dog bite victim contacted Attorney Thomas J. Newell after a recent dog attack in Orefield, Pennsylvania.  The gentleman was walking his Maltese on a sidewalk with a leash when a Labrador Retriever came running up to them.  The lab was unrestrained and tried to bite the Maltese.

The Lehigh Valley dog attack victim picked up the Maltese.  As he did so, the Retriever bit his foot and arm.  He went to St. Luke’s Hospital where he needed approximately 20 stitches to close the wound to his leg.  A tetanus shot was administered and antibiotics were provided, as well as a pain killer.

Attorney Newell suggested he contact the Lehigh County Dog Warden – Orlando Aguirre, to see if PA Dog Law charges could be filed against the negligent dog owner.  If you or a loved one need legal representation after a PA dog bite, call 800-980-4842 to speak with Attorney Thomas J. Newell re:  a free home consultation.  See his website:

Poconos Pit Bull Attack Victim Hires Attorney Newell

Posted on: August 6th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

On  July 27, 2012, a Monroe County pit bull attack victim hired Attorney Thomas J. Newell to represent her.  The woman was a pedestrian in the Pocono Country Place private community when a chained pit bull came after her in an aggressive manner.

As the Tobyhanna PA dog attack victim tried to flee the aggressive pit bull, she fell and fractured her coccyx.  She was treated at Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg, PA.  The defendant has been cited for violations, including failing to register the pit bull and leaving the tethered dog outside unattended.

If you or a family member have been injured in a dog bite attack, call 800-980-4842 for a free home consultation with Attorney Thomas J. Newell.  Doesn’t your case deserve to be ably represented by a Pa dog bite lawyer with 30 years of experience?  Visit his website:

McKeesport Pit Bull Attack Victim Still Suffering

Posted on: August 1st, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

On July 26, 2012, Attorney Thomas J. Newell interviewed a relative of the Allegheny County pit bull attack victim who is still trying to recover from a 6/21/12 dog attack in the streets of McKeesport PA.  On that fateful day, a teenager was walking an adult pit bull.  The pit bull began to attack the woman’s Shih Tzu as she was walking it down the street.

The pit bull grabbed the little dog by its neck and tried to pull it away from its owner.  The woman’s finger got stuck in the leash as she tried to get her Shih Tzu to safety.  Approximately 15 stitches were needed to close the lacerations to her hand.  The pit bull attack victim continues to deal with neurologic problems of numbness & tingling in her hand.  If her symptoms do not improve, surgery may be necessary.

If you or a loved one have been bitten by a pit bull, call Attorney Thomas J. Newell at 800-980-4842.  Schedule a free home consultation with a PA dog bite lawyer with 30 years of experience.  Visit his website: