Attorney Newell Obtains $508,613.84 Pit Bull Attack Settlement

Posted on: October 4th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

On October 1, 2012, PA Dog bite attorney, Thomas J. Newell, Esquire obtained York County court approval of a $508,613.84 settlement in a PA pit bull attack case.  Back on June 1, 2010, Ajia Brown and his mother, Elizabeth Brown, were guests of Marjorie Nicholson in Hanover, PA.  Two pit bulls were housed in a small 3-1/2′ high enclosed pen behind the home.  The pit bulls escaped and began to maul Ajia.  His mother ran out of the house and tried to rescue her son.

The pit bulls knocked Ajia to the ground, one began biting his head/face, the other Ajia’s lower torso.  Ms. Brown jumped on top of her son to save his life.  Neighbors came out and began hitting the pit bulls with garden hoses and a shovel.  Finally, Elizabeth and Ajia were able to escape into the home.  Hanover Borough Police Officers then arrived on the scene.  Officer Miles needed 3 shots to subdue one of the pit bulls.

Ajia was rushed to Penn State Hershey Medical Center where he was hospitalized for 8 days.  The Browns returned home to CT and Ajia was placed under the care of the surgeons at Yale-New Haven Hospital.  He ultimately underwent 17 surgeries in order to reconstruct his ears and cover up his severe scalp wounds.  46 injections were administered into his head to assist the surgically implanted scalp expanders.  Ajia’s medical bills totaled in excess of $500,000.00.

On October 1st, Judge Penny L. Blackwell of the York County Court of Common Pleas approved the settlement which provides a guaranteed annuity payout to Ajia of $406,173.13.  Attorney Newell has recently represented PA dog bite victims in 14 different counties.  Some of his recent dog bite claim victories include:  Bucks Co. $148,544.00, Monroe Co. $135,255.27, Lehigh Co. $132,000.00, Monroe Co. $117,460.00, Lebanon Co. $101,000.00,  Northumberland Co. $101,000.00 and York Co. $92,268.00.  More information about Attorney Newell’s 31 years of experience can be found at