Press release for newelllaw amended
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Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Dog Bite Attorney Thomas J. Newell Prevails In Personal Injury Claim vs.
Pennsylvania dog attack attorney, Thomas J. Newell, Esquire, has won a settlement for a
Reading PA dog bite victim from a landlord’s insurance company. In the Berks County Court of
Common Pleas, Orphans’ Court Division, Case #83148, Attorney Newell filed a Proof of
Deposit on July 25, 2013 pursuant to the Court Order of Judge Peter W. Schmehl. The Berks
County dog attack victim had been sledding in December of 2010 near her home on Birch Street
in Reading PA. A neighbor’s pit bull jumped the fence and mauled her.
As described in the plaintiffs’ 8 page Petition for Minor’s Compromise filed of record with the
Berks County Court of Common Pleas, the young girl was bitten on her right arm and right leg
and treated at Reading Hospital & Medical Center. The doctor cut away the dead tissue and
insisted that the PA dog bite victim undergo a series of rabies injections since the pit bull was not
up to date on its shots. Attorney Newell investigated the owner of the pit bull and found out that
she was an uninsured renter. Thomas J. Newell, Esquire then made a personal injury claim on
behalf of his client versus the landlord’s insurance company.
In 2012, the Pennsylvania Superior Court had issued a ruling in the case of Rosenberry v. Evans,
48 A.3d 1255, which made it very difficult for a PA dog bite victim to obtain a recovery versus
an out-of-possession landlord. Nonetheless, as Attorney Newell pointed out to Judge Schmehl
during the Hearing for the Petition for Minor’s Compromise, he was able to use a legal theory he
uncovered from a New Mexico court ruling to argue that the landlord in this case did have some
legal responsibility. Ultimately, the landlord’s insurance company agreed to make a $15,000.00
Attorney Newell is proud to have represented personal injury & Pennsylvania car accident
lawyer victims in over 20 Counties throughout Pennsylvania during his 32 years of law practice.
He provides a free home consultation anywhere in PA for his personal injury clients. More
information regarding his legal expertise and settlements/verdicts can be found at