Maryland Legislation to Protect Dog Bite Victims One Step Closer to Fruition

Posted on: March 18th, 2014       Attorney Thomas Newell

On March 12, 2014, the MD House of Representatives passed a bill that would provide significant legal support for dog attack victims in Maryland. If signed into law by Gov. O’Malley, dog owners would be strictly liable for injuries their dog inflicted upon an innocent dog bite victim.


According to, an amendment to the bill was approved which will hold the dog owner liable anytime a dog bites someone while it is running at large. Exceptions to liability would occur if the victim was trespassing or provoked the dog. The legislation was adopted after a brutal pit bull attack led Maryland’s Court of Appeals to issue an April 2012 landmark ruling in the case of Tracey v. Solesky.

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Does a Dog Actually Have to Bite Someone for its Owner to be Liable for Injuries?

Posted on: February 26th, 2014       Attorney Thomas Newell

On 2/19/14, Attorney Thomas J. Newell received a telephone call from a concerned dog owner. Someone opened the front door that morning and the family dog ran out into the street and chased a young boy. While the dog never actually bit the child, he did fall and sustained an injury to his arm.


The Allentown dog bite attorney informed the dog owner that he would be responsible for the injuries the boy sustained. Neither the PA Dog Law nor Pennsylvania personal injury law requires an actual bite for legal liability to be assessed to the dog owner.

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What Dog Attack Victims Should & Should NOT Do After They’ve Been Bitten

Posted on: February 17th, 2014       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Feb. 15, 2014, I received a call from a Lackawanna County dog bite victim requesting my legal assistance. Unfortunately, I could not accept her dog bite case. This is an ideal time for me to discuss mistakes some dog bite victims make:


  • NEVER listen to the plea/demand of the dog owner to not get medical care and not report the attack to the PA Dog Warden/Police.
  • ALWAYS seek immediate medical care and report the attack ASAP to the dog warden/police.
  • NEVER assume that you won’t be making a legal claim for your medical bills/injuries.
  • ALWAYS take pictures before AND after your ER care just in case they are needed to document your injuries.
  • NEVER act as your own legal counsel.
  • ALWAYS remember that the defense adjuster’s job is to pay you as little as possible – a task made much easier when dealing with an “amateur” lawyer.
  • NEVER assume that just any lawyer can handle your PA dog bite claim with expert legal advocacy.
  • ALWAYS remember the old proverb:  “A jack of all trades is a master of none.”  Hire an attorney who fights for PA dog attack victims every day.

Attacked by a dog? Hire a PA dog bite lawyer who has represented dog attack victims in 19 different Pennsylvania Counties. Call Attorney Newell today @ 800-980-4842 for your free HOME consultation. See his website: and follow him on Twitter @

How Can a Dog Owner Reduce the Chance Their Dog Will Bite a Child?

Posted on: February 11th, 2014       Attorney Thomas Newell
  1. When your guests arrive with children, put your dog in a closed room and make the room off-limits to all of your visitors.
  2. If you allow your dog to interact with company, strongly consider always having adult supervision.
  3. Never let kids interfere with your dog if the dog is interacting with her puppies.
  4. Children shouldn’t be anywhere near a dog when it is eating.
  5. Children don’t like it when an adult invades their “face space.”  They should be taught the same applies to dogs.
  6. Kids can jump on top off, pull ears and grab the tails of stuffed animals.  That conduct is never acceptable when it involves a family pet.
  7. People hug, dogs don’t!  Most dogs dislike it when a person tries to hug them.
  8. Screaming children running at/near a dog can startle or make the dog nervous – never a good thing!

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Can a Pit Bull Once Used For Dog Fighting Ever Be Truly Rehabilitated?

Posted on: January 27th, 2014       Attorney Thomas Newell

A January 17, 2014 pit bull attack in Pittsburgh, PA brought to the spotlight a serious question – what can be safely done with pit bulls rescued from a dog fighting ring?  As reported by KDKA TV, a 4 year-old pit bull escaped thru the front door of his new owner’s home as the man was retrieving his mail.


The unleashed pit bull attacked a pit bull of a couple who were following the PA Dog Law. Their dog was on a leash.  Unfortunately, it sustained some facial injuries.  The police had to taser the unleashed pit bull.  Its unapologetic owner stated:  “This dog couldn’t be more friendlier, affectionate & loyal.”

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Attorney Newell Hired by Harrisburg Pit Bull Mauling Victim

Posted on: January 15th, 2014       Attorney Thomas Newell

On January 1, 2014, Attorney Thomas J. Newell provided a free home consultation to a Harrisburg, PA family whose 9 year-old son was bitten in the face by a neighbor’s pit bull.  The pit bull, “Nitro”, jumped over the fence installed by the plaintiffs on the property line.  The boy was treated at Pinnacle Health Hospital for the dog bite to his nose.


The parents of the Harrisburg pit bull attack victim described for Attorney Newell the lengthy history of Nitro, the pit bull, acting aggressively to area residents and/or running loose off its owner’s property.  Attorney Newell also spoke with a neighbor whose Weimaraner was pursued and attacked by the unleashed pit bull in April of 2012.

The PA Dog Law requires all dog owners to properly confine their dogs and to have them under control at all times.  If you have been attacked by a dog in Pennsylvania, call Thomas J. Newell at 1-800-980-4842.  Attorney Newell provides a free home consultation anywhere in PA.  More information re: his 32 years of experience can be found at  Find him on Twitter @

PA Dog Bite Attorney’s Complaint Served Upon Dog Owner

Posted on: January 7th, 2014       Attorney Thomas Newell

On 12/24/13, a 27 page Complaint filed by your PA dog bite attorney was served upon a Dauphin County dog owner.  The legal pleading was filed by Attorney Thomas J. Newell on 12/20/13.  It alleged that his client was attacked on 11/21/12 by the defendant’s 3 boxers while delivering a package on behalf of Federal Express.

Dauphin_County_CourthouseAttorney Newell’s document described 3 separate attacks alleged to have been committed by the unrestrained boxers.  Therefore, the Complaint set forth 3 separate bases for a recovery of punitive damages versus the Dauphin County dog owner.

Attorney Newell has represented Pennsylvania dog attack victims in 19 different Counties.  Put his 32 years of experience to work for you.  Call 1-800-980-4842 for a free home consultation. Visit Attorney Newell’s website:   Follow him on Twitter @

PA Dog Bite Attorney Referred a Schuylkill County Dog Attack Case

Posted on: December 30th, 2013       Attorney Thomas Newell

On 12/20/13, Attorney Thomas J. Newell began his legal representation of a Schuylkill County dog attack victim who had been referred to him by a Schuylkill County personal injury lawyer.  On 11/5/13, the 58 year-old man was jogging on Raven Run Road outside of Shenandoah, PA when two unrestrained dogs began to pursue him.


It appears that their owners were walking with them in the nearby woods without leashes in violation of the PA Dog Law.  The Bull Mastiff and Labrador Retriever chased after him.  The Pennsylvania dog attack victim was bitten on the right forearm and his right flank.  In excess of a dozen stitches were needed to close the dog bite wounds.

PA Dog Warden, Richard Hine, is investigating this unprovoked PA dog attack.  Contact Attorney Newell today if you’ve been mauled/attacked by a dog in Pennsylvania.  Arrange for a free home consultation by calling 1-800-980-4842.  See Attorney Newell’s dog bite settlements @

Reckless Dog Owner Sued by Attorney Newell in Dauphin County

Posted on: December 24th, 2013       Attorney Thomas Newell

On 12/19/13, a reckless owner of three boxers from Dauphin County Pennsylvania was sued by Attorney Newell.  His client had been pursued and attacked by the boxers as she was delivering a package in Dauphin County.  Several months earlier, another Federal Express delivery person was pursued by these same unrestrained dogs.


On 1/10/13, the dog owner was found guilty by District Justice Rebecca Jo Margerum of violating both the PA Dog Law, as well as the Pennsylvania Rabies Prevention and Control in Domestic Animals and Wildlife Act.  The negligent dog owner did not offer a valid defense to the charge of violating Section 305 of the PA Dog Law – Failure to Confine.  He also did not produce any documents establishing that the boxers were up-to-date with their rabies shots.

If you or a loved one have been attacked by a dog, call 1-800-980-4842 immediately.  Thomas J. Newell, Esquire will come to your home no matter where you live in Pennsylvania.  More information re: his 32 years of experience can be reviewed at:  Follow Attorney Newell on Twitter @

Pittsburgh Animal Shelter Euthanizes Vicious Pit Bull

Posted on: December 18th, 2013       Attorney Thomas Newell

A December 13, 2013 article from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette described the recent decision by a Pittsburgh Animal Shelter to euthanize a pit bull that had attacked other dogs in 2 separate incidents.  Earlier this year, a Jack Russell Terrier had gotten out of its cage and “ran right by Blue (the pit bull) that was being walked on a leash.”  While Attorney Newell can’t conceive how the actions of the Jack Terrier would have warranted an attack, the pit bull killed the terrier.


While “human error” apparently permitted the terrier to escape from its pen, this author can’t comprehend how this could have been reasonably viewed as anything other than an unprovoked attack by the pit bull.  Nonetheless, the pit bull was permitted to remain at “Animal Friends.”  Just before Thanksgiving, the pit bull attacked again, this time versus a leashed pit bull.  Finally, the animal shelter did the right thing and put the pit bull down.

Attorney Thomas J. Newell has represented many pit bull attack victims throughout the course of his 32 year career.  Whether it’s an American Pit Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier, the breeds we commonly refer to as “pit bulls” typically cause severe injuries to other dogs and human beings.  Attorney Newell believes their breeding, strength, ferocity and jaw anatomy is without equal in the world of dogs owned by the typical family here in Pennsylvania.  Call Attorney Newell @ 800-980-4842 if you’ve been bitten by a dog.  Visit his website: