Scranton Personal Injury Attorney Melissa Scartelli Named to 2013 PA Super Lawyers List
Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, Pa. personal injury firm Scartelli Olszewski, P.C., is pleased to announce that Founder and President Melissa A. Scartelli has been recognized by Thomson Reuters, published annually in Philadelphia magazine, as a 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer. She has received this honor each year since 2009.
AAJ News Brief - Trials Begin in Los Angeles Over Allegedly Defective Hip Implants
Our attorneys are members of the American Association for Justice and each month the organization shares a News Brief eNewsletter with a compilation of recent news stories involving civil justice issues. One of the news items featured in the January 2013 eNewsletter involves a faulty hip implant lawsuit.
The Citizens' Voice - Teen Murder Suspect Rearrested
January 12, 2013
The law enforcement contingent huddled near the front of the idled courtroom Friday, plotting their next move if Magisterial District Judge James E. Tupper were to emerge from his chambers and dismiss the murder charge that had kept a Lake Township teenager in juvenile detention for the last three years.
The Times Leader - Homicide Charge Dismissed Against Lee
January 11, 2013
Immediately after District Judge James Tupper dismissed a criminal homicide charge against Cody Lee, state police took Lee into custody inside the courtroom for the same alleged offense.
Press Enterprise - Deal Helps Trooper Avoid Jail
January 11, 2013
A drunken state trooper who was Tasered after fighting with borough officers saw the most serious charges dropped Thursday.
AAJ News Brief - Over 150,000 Baby Recliners Recalled Following at Least Five Infant Deaths
January 8, 2013
In December 2012, the AAJ shared its News Brief eNewsletter with a compilation of recent news stories involving civil justice issues. One of the news items featured in the eNewsletter was a baby recliner recall that we wanted to share with you.
TRIAL Magazine - Get on Board
November 19, 2012
In the July 2012 issue of the American Association for Justice’s TRIAL magazine, Robert J. Talaska wrote an article about attorney board certifications, similar to Melissa A. Scartelli’s certifications as a Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate and Civil Trial Advocate.
The Times Leader - Appeals court stops Pa. execution
November 9, 2012
Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr. was interviewed by The Times Leader on the topic of defending clients in death penalty cases.
The Philadelphia Inquirer - Top 10 hospital hazards
November 5, 2012
In November, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice shared an article with its members from The Philadelphia Inquirer titled, “Top 10 hospital hazards,” which explains the hazards based on severity, commonality and insidiousness along with what patients can do to protect themselves.
WNEP-TV Interviews Peter Paul Olszewski about Jerry Sandusky and the Legal Appeal Process
PA personal injury lawyer Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr. was interviewed by WNEP-TV about the Jerry Sandusky trial and legal appeal process.
The Times Leader - Ex-sheriff deputy is given probation
September 18, 2012
A former county sheriff deputy charged with assaulting a woman who had been dating her former girlfriend pleaded no contest Monday to a related charge and was sentenced to 18 months probation.
FDA Investigates Whether Nation's Largest Operator of Dialysis Centers Violated Federal Regulations by Failing to Inform Customers of Lethal Products
According to The New York Times, the FDA is investigating whether Fresenius Medical Care, an operator of dialysis centers which treats more than a third of the estimated 400,000 Americans receiving dialysis, violated federal regulations by failing to inform customers of a potentially lethal risk connected to its products.
The Times-Tribune - Hospitals remain no safe haven
August 13, 2012
The Times-Tribune published an article on August 13, 2012 written by guest columnist David Fallk, Esq., President of The Committee for Justice for All. The article discusses tort reform, the decline in the amount of medical malpractice lawsuits that were filed in the State of Pennsylvania and how hospitals are no longer a safe haven for patients.
The Times Leader - Teen's defense raps autopsy findings
July 16, 2012
Cody Lee’s defense attorney Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. did not waste any time Monday, going on the offensive challenging autopsy reports and disciplinary procedures in the Lake-Lehman School District.
The Times Leader - Facebook posts among issues raised at hearing
June 23, 2012
Attorneys in the case of a former county deputy sheriff charged with assaulting a woman who had been seeing her former partner discussed several requests made in the case at a hearing Friday, including obtaining the social networking Facebook posts of the alleged victim.
The Times Leader - Sandusky stain remains at PSU
June 23, 2012
The Jerry Sandusky trial has ended, but the dark cloud hanging over Penn State University remains.
The Times Leader - Jury selection speed surprises area lawyers
June 11, 2012
Attorney Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr. comments on the jury selection process in the Jerry Sandusky case.
The Times Leader - Legal minds weigh in on Sandusky
June 11, 2012
Wilkes-Barre, Pa. defense attorney Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr. comments on the Jerry Sandusky case and what the defense has in its favor regarding the ruling that victims must use their real names when testifying.
Personal Injury Attorney Melissa Scartelli Certified as Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate by National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy
June 6, 2012
Scranton lawyer Melissa A. Scartelli has been certified as a Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate by the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy.
WNEP-TV Interviews Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr. About Recent Rulings in the Jerry Sandusky Sex Abuse Trial
June 4, 2012
Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr., a PA personal injury lawyer, speaks to WNEP-TV about recent rulings regarding the Jerry Sandusky Penn State child sex abuse trial, what the rulings means and how the rulings are expected to shape the trial.
The Times-Tribune - Lawsuit blames care home in man's death
May 18, 2012
The Times-Tribune covers a negligence lawsuit prepared by attorneys Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr. and Melissa A. Scartelli.
Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr. Interviewed on WBRE-TV About Jerry Sandusky Child Sex Abuse Case
May 16, 2012
Scranton attorney Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr. speaks with WBRE-TV about developments in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case.
WBRE-TV Interviews Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr. About the Jerry Sandusky Penn State Child Sex Abuse Scandal
May 16, 2012
Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr., Scranton, Pa. criminal defense and personal injury attorney, was interviewed by WBRE-TV and commented on the Jerry Sandusky Penn State child sex abuse case developments.
The Times-Tribune - Medical malpractice lawsuits have dropped in state
May 14, 2012
A Times-Tribune article published on May 14, 2012, David Fallk, Esq., President of The Committee for Justice for All, and others discuss tort reform and the decline in the amount of medical malpractice lawsuits that were filed across the State of Pennsylvania.
Peter Paul Olszewski on WNEP-TV Addressing Jerry Sandusky Penn State Sex Abuse Case Developments
May 8, 2012
Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr., a Scranton lawyer with Scartelli Olszewski, P.C., speaks to a reporter from WNEP-TV about new developments in the Jerry Sandusky Penn State child sex abuse case.
Scranton Personal Injury Lawyer Melissa Scartelli Named to "Top Attorneys In Pennsylvania"
March 2, 2012
Scranton lawyer Melissa A. Scartelli of Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. has been recognized as one of the "Top Attorneys In Pennsylvania" by American Registry, LLC.
The Times-Tribune - Letter to the Editor about Medical Malpractice Insurance Rates and Malpractice Lawsuits
January 11, 2012
In a Times-Tribune Letter to the Editor published Dec. 26, 2011, David Fallk, Esq., President of The Committee for Justice For All, addressed the misconception that medical malpractice insurance rates are the fault of malpractice lawsuits.
The Times Leader - Judge leaves case; bars testimony
January 10, 2012
Luzerne County Senior Judge Joseph Augello has barred testimony and any reports a psychiatrist has made in the homicide case of now-18-year-old Cody Lee. Augello also removed himself from the case.
Peter Paul Olszewski Speaks to WBRE-TV about the Penn State Sexual Abuse Scandal
November 16, 2011
Scranton attorney Peter Paul Olszewski says State prosecutors are licking their chops after hearing Jerry Sandusky's interview with NBC on Monday night. Olszewski, who was Luzerne County District Attorney for 7 years and then a Luzerne County Judge for 10 years, says he listened to the interview with keen interest and was stunned by what he heard.
The Times Leader - Judge to rule on Lee trial evidence
November 15, 2011
A Luzerne County senior judge said Monday he’ll soon rule whether a psychiatric report should be thrown out, and the psychiatrist prohibited from testifying further, in the homicide case against a 17-year-old.
Peter Paul Olszewski Quoted by Wilkes Barre Times Leader Re D.A. Salvantis Win in Luzerne County
November 11, 2011
Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr., a Scranton lawyer with Scartelli Olszewski, P.C., was interviewed regarding the recent District Attorney election in Luzerne County.
The Citizens' Voice - Teen's attorneys want seized items suppressed
November 3, 2011
Attorneys for a teenager accused of gunning down his great-grandfather asked a judge Wednesday to bar prosecutors from using certain items seized through a search warrant, including a black notebook that contained a macabre to-do list.
The Times Leader - Lawyers for teen in slaying case want mental report, seized evidence tossed
November 3, 2011
Attorneys for a teen charged in the shooting death of his great-grandfather asked a judge Wednesday to toss out psychiatric reports and evidence seized, including a notebook the teen allegedly kept that lists things to do, including “kill grandpa.
Scartelli Olszewski Law Firm Secures $750,000 Settlement for Client in Wrongful Death Case
October 20, 2011
PA personal injury lawyers Melissa A. Scartelli and Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr. of the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, Pa., regional law firm Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. have secured a $750,000 settlement for the family members of a prison inmate who died at the Federal Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pa.
Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, PA Regional Personal Injury and Criminal Defense Firm Has Changed its Name to Scartelli Olszewski
September 23, 2011
Scartelli, Distasio & Kowalski, P.C. has changed its name to Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. In 2010, the firm added Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr. as its managing partner and has now changed its name to reflect Olszewski’s role.
Scranton Criminal Defense Attorney Peter Paul Olszewski Discusses an Individuals Rights Relating to DUIs in Pennsylvania
September 22, 2011
Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr., a PA personal injury lawyer with Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. addresses frequently asked questions about drinking and driving.
Scranton Defective Product Attorney Melissa Scartelli Talks about Identifying a Product Liability Case
September 20, 2011
Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. president and founder, Melissa A. Scartelli, answers frequently asked questions about product liability.
The Times Leader - Court denies appeal of ruling regarding statements in alleged homicide
September 14, 2011
The state Supreme Court on Monday denied a prosecutor’s request to appeal a lower court’s decision in the case of a teen charged with homicide, making it likely the case can move forward in Luzerne County Court.
Scranton Medical Malpractice Attorney Melissa Scartelli Discusses How to Know if You have a Medical Malpractice Case
September 12, 2011
Firm president and founder, Melissa A. Scartelli, answers frequently asked questions about medical malpractice.
Scranton Attorney Melissa Scartelli to Present at Civil Litigation Developments 2011 CLE Seminar on August 24, 2011
July 22, 2011
Melissa A. Scartelli, a Scranton attorney, will present a “Social Media Discovery” continuing legal education seminar on August 24, 2011 as part of a larger program offered by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and the Pennsylvania Defense Institute.
Scranton Attorney Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr. Certified as Member of Prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum
June 22, 2011
Scranton attorney Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr. has been certified as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Commonly Asked Questions in Medical Malpractice Cases
June 2, 2011
Scranton Attorneys Scartelli, Distasio and Kowalski Recognized as 2011 Super Lawyers
May 24, 2011
Scranton personal injury law firm Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. is pleased to announce that partners Melissa A. Scartelli, Daniel J. Distasio and Michael J. Kowalski have been recognized by Thomson Reuters, published annually in Philadelphia magazine, as 2011 Super Lawyers®.
Scranton Attorney Melissa Scartelli Board Certified as Civil Trial Advocate by National Board of Trial Advocacy
May 2, 2011
Scranton personal injury lawyer Melissa Scartelli of Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. has been recognized as a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Scartelli is one of the select few female Pennsylvania attorneys to achieve this recognition, which is granted only to those attorneys who demonstrate an enhanced level of skill and expertise in civil trial advocacy by meeting rigorous objective quality standards.
Scranton Attorneys Melissa Scartelli and Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr. Secure $550,000 Medical Malpractice Verdict on Behalf of 79-Year-Old Scranton Woman
April 6, 2011
On April 1, 2011, Scranton personal injury lawyers Melissa A. Scartelli and Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr. of the Pennsylvania law firm Scartelli Olszewski, P.C., secured a $550,000 jury verdict in a medical malpractice case brought by 79-year-old Irene Doherty of Scranton, Pa., who suffered a 23-month delay in the diagnosis of her lung cancer.
Commonly Asked Questions In Medical Malpractice Cases
March 10, 2011
Scranton Attorney Melissa Scartelli Certified as Member of Prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum
February 14, 2011
Scranton personal injury lawyer Melissa Scartelli has been certified as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
The Times Leader - Teen’s Words After Slaying Inadmissible, Court Agrees
December 23, 2010
The state Superior Court has upheld a county judge’s ruling that statements a then-16-year-old made about the shooting death of his great-grandfather in 2009 cannot be used at any court proceeding.
Personal Injury Law Firm Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. Participates in the 20th Annual Northeastern Pennsylvania Susan G. Komen Race
September 21, 2010
On September 11, 2010, members of the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, Pa., personal injury law firm Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. participated in and raised funds for the 20th Annual Susan G. Komen Northeastern Pennsylvania Race for the Cure®. Assembling a team of 18 members, the personal injury firm raised more than $1,000 for the cause.
The Times Leader - $555,000 Lawsuit Filed Over Medical Treatment
August 28, 2010
A Plymouth woman is seeking more than half a million dollars in damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit in which she alleges doctors caused her infertility and one performed a procedure on her without her permission.
WNEP-TV - Peter Paul Olszewski Interviewed About Pennsylvania Death Penalty Case
August 19, 2010
Criminal defense attorney, Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr. is interviewed by WNEP-TV reporter Peggy Lee regarding death penalty rulings in Pennsylvania.
New Managing Partner Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr. Brings Unmatched Criminal Defense Experience to Scranton and Wilkes-Barre Law Firm Scartelli Olszewski, P.C.
July 28, 2010
With the addition of Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr. as managing partner of Scartelli Olszewski, P.C., the firm expands its traditional personal injury presence into the criminal defense arena.
Northeast Pennsylvania Personal Injury Law Firm Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. Launches Revamped Website
in Anticipation of Upcoming 10th Anniversary
July 7, 2010
The personal injury law firm of Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. is pleased to announce the launch of its revamped website, www.scartelli.com, in anticipation of the firm’s 10th anniversary next year.
The Times Leader - Dickinson Alumni Hold Dinner Program
June 6, 2010
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the General Alumni Association, Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University, recently held its annual dinner program at the Woodlands Inn and Resort, Plains Township, with more than 100 members and guests in attendance.
Do You Have Questions About Automobile Insurance? We Have Answers.
Melissa Scartelli, our founding partner, teamed up with the Lackawanna Bar Association to provide video commentary for the Bar’s online informational segment, The Legal Tip of the Day.
Latest Medical Malpractice Data Show Number of Cases and Verdicts Reach New Low
April 20, 2010
Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille today announced the release of state court system data on medical malpractice case filings and verdicts for 2009 that show a further decline in the number of lawsuits filed against health care providers statewide for a fifth consecutive year.
Associated Press - Infections Not Falling
April 14, 2010
The nation's hospitals are failing to protect patients from potentially fatal infections despite years of prevention campaigns, the government said Tuesday.
The Times Leader - Judge: Teen's Statement Can't be Used in Homicide Case
April 9, 2010
A Luzerne County judge on Thursday ruled statements a then-16-year-old made to police admitting he killed his great-grandfather will not be admissible at an upcoming trial.
The Times Leader - Ruling on Lee Statements Today
April 8, 2010
A Luzerne County judge will rule today on whether statements a then-16-year-old made to police about the killing of his great-grandfather should be admissible at the teen’s yet-to-be-scheduled trial.
The Times Leader - Teen's Lawyers Want Trial in Juvie Court
March 2, 2010
A nurse at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility testified Monday that he did not believe Cody Lee, the 16-year-old charged with killing his great-grandfather in Lake Township, was suffering from hypothermia on Dec. 10.
The Times Leader - Attorneys Want Grandson's Comments Removed
February 20, 2010
Cody Lee got home from school on Dec. 9, 2009, and used the family computer while his great-grandfather watched the news. That’s when 16-year-old Cody Lee argued with his great-grandfather, Herbert Lee, after the 80-year-old allegedly made comments about the boy’s deceased mother, Cody Lee told police.
The Citizen's Voice - Teen Shooting Suspect: Cold Clouded Judgment During Police Interview
February 19, 2010
Cody Lee rose slowly from the witness chair Friday and demonstrated for a judge the violent shivers that he said continued to ripple through his frail body for hours after state police pulled him from a car last December and accused him of gunning down his great-grandfather.
The Times Leader - Defense: Suppress Teen’s Words After Shooting
January 23, 2010
Attorneys representing a 16-year-old who is accused of shooting and killing his great-grandfather in December have asked a judge to suppress statements the teen made to authorities after the shooting.
The Times Leader - Reversal of Roles for Olszewski
January 23, 2010
Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. spent most of his legal career putting criminals behind bars. In the eight years he spent as Luzerne County's district attorney and ten years as a judge, he handled thousands of criminal cases.
Pennsylvania Law Weekly - Slip-and-Fall Victim Collects for Ankle Injury, Depression
January 4, 2010
A Luzerne County jury has awarded a woman $1 million for injuries she sustained after slipping on ice in a restaurant parking lot.
The Times Leader - Looking to a New Day in Court: Olszewski Leaving Bench, but Not Law
December 29, 2009
It's the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. At the age of 29, Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr. became one of the youngest district attorneys in Luzerne County history when he walked into the office shortly after 6 a.m. At the age of 39, he did it again when he was elected a Luzerne County judge in 1999.
Costly failures - The 2009 Health Care Quality Report
Health care reform to date has dealt with access more so than cost. News reports by the Department of Health and Human Services reveal how the health care industry’s failure to improve patient safety helps drive the costs within the system, and why impending penalties are necessary.