Practice Areas

At Scartelli Olszewski, we represent the rights of individuals, and not the interests of big corporations. Our team of attorneys has deep industry knowledge, a well-respected name and reputation, and expertise in our areas of practice.

Medical Malpractice

With over 20 Years as Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Lawyers, we have handled some of the most difficult and devastating cases in Pennsylvania. It’s currently the leading cause of death and injury in Pennsylvania, and in the United States. Every year, more than 225,000 people die, and more than one million people are injured as a result of adverse events associated with medical treatment. Medical mistakes resulting in death or serious injury can occur in doctors’ offices, emergency care centers, clinics, outpatient surgery centers, nursing homes, pharmacies and even in your own home. Medical malpractice may involve medication errors, surgery, infection, delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis, treatment errors, equipment malfunctions, obstetrical mistakes, defective medical devices, defective drugs and lab report errors, just to name a few.

Criminal Defense

Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. is your Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Law Firm. We will help you protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome. Whether you’re facing a misdemeanor charge, such as petty theft or disorderly conduct, or a more serious allegation, such as aggravated assault or homicide, the Scranton lawyers of Scartelli Olszewski are prepared to handle your defense. We’ll help you navigate the criminal justice system, and stand by you every step of the way, from seeking participation in pretrial diversionary programs to negotiating with prosecutors and representing you at trial.

Car Crashes

In addition to being frightening, a car accident can result in serious injuries, such as brain damage, spinal cord injury or crushing. Motor vehicle accidents account for a significant number of personal injury and wrongful death claims. These cases are often complex, and they require special attention. The Pennsylvania car accident lawyers at Scartelli Olszewski provide sound counseling and representation of car accident victims and their loved ones. We understand the rules of the road and have the expertise to determine who was at fault in an accident. We understand the medical and financial hardships that can arise as a result of car accidents, and we’re prepared to take motor vehicle accident matters to trial to fight for the rights of our clients. We’ve handled complicated cases including: 

Trucking Crashes

Accidents involving trucks and tractor trailers – and particularly those related to fracking – are complex, and each case requires special attention. We provide sound counseling and representation to truck accident victims and their loved ones. We understand the medical and financial hardships that can result from these accidents. When it comes to these difficult cases, experience matters. We apply complex scientific and engineering principles that come into play in demonstrating how an accident occurred, and who was at fault. We have handled accident matters including: 

Insurance Bad Faith / Denials

When we suffer accidents, injuries, damage to our homes or other losses, we expect insurance to cover those losses. Sometimes, however, insurance companies refuse to pay benefits for valid claims. Insurers may also unfairly delay payment of benefits, fail to settle a claim within policy limits, use unethical business practices, or expect policyholders to pay hidden fees. These unfair practices are known as insurance bad faith. Scartelli Olszewski’s experienced Scranton lawyers represent victims of insurance denials and insurance bad faith.

Wrongful Death

The wrongful death of a loved one is devastating. If a family member or loved one has died because of the wrongful act of someone, whether it's from a trucking or car crash, medical malpractice, or product liability, the legal team at Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. is here to help.

Defective Airbags

Airbags are designed to deploy in certain crashes to protect occupants from the harmful effects of a crash.

Defective Drugs

We expect prescription and over-the-counter medications to be safe and effective, and usually, they are. However, despite testing and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, many prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs prove to be dangerous to consumers. These harmful medications are known as defective drugs.

Electrocution

Electrical injuries cause approximately 1,000 deaths in the United States each year. In adults, electrocution typically occurs in the workplace, while children primarily suffer electrocution in a household setting. Statistics indicate that the risks of electrocution are particularly high for construction workers, utility employees, engineers, electricians and other personnel who regularly come into contact with electrical sources. While all individuals who are injured in electrical accidents should seek the advice of an experienced accident lawyer, claims by those injured on the job can be especially complex given the interplay of the principles of negligence, workers’ compensation law, insurance coverage and occupational safety regulations.

Nursing Home Negligence

There are more than 16,000 nursing homes in the United States, housing approximately two million residents. We expect nursing homes to provide a safe environment and skilled care for our loved ones. However, many fail to meet this expectation. Signs of nursing home negligence, nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse include bedsores, malnutrition, dehydration, poor personal hygiene, bruises, cuts, burns, sprains, fractures, frozen joints, infections, medication errors, sudden behavioral changes, fear, depression, theft and unexplained changes in financial account balances or documents. If you observe any of these signs, act quickly to protect your loved one by contacting the experienced attorneys of Scartelli Olszewski.

Brain Injuries

We understand that brain injuries are especially challenging for you and your family. It takes a dedicated brain injury lawyer to handle these cases because brain injuries are extremely difficult to detect. A person suffering from a brain injury may not show any external signs of injury, and appear “normal” to others. In some cases, even medical professionals may not be able to determine if a brain injury has occurred.

Dangerous and Defective Property

Public and private property owners are obligated to maintain their premises in a safe manner. When they fail to do so, serious injuries can and do occur. Under premises liability law, a property owner may be held legally responsible for accidents or injuries to visitors if the owner’s negligence led to the injury. 

Pharmacy Errors

If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered harm as a result of a medication error, it is imperative to contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney for assistance. The best Scranton lawyers at Scartelli Olszewski provide counseling and representation to victims of medication errors, helping them seek the compensation they deserve. Our personal injury lawyers in PA understand the complex medical and legal issues associated with medication error lawsuits. We strive to maximize recovery for our clients, and to help them get their lives back on track. If you or a loved one has suffered harm as a result of a medication mistake, we encourage you to contact us today.

Medical Device Malfunction

Medical devices are designed to improve the lives of patients by aiding in the diagnosis and/or treatment of injuries and diseases. Unfortunately, defective medical devices and medical device recalls are far too common. Defects in devices such as joint replacement components, stents, pacemakers, implantable defibrillators, cosmetic implants, bone screws, dialysis machines, ventilators and infusion pumps have resulted in serious injuries and even death.

Crashworthiness

Crashworthiness cases are unique cases against manufacturers of motor vehicles in which the required safety features of the vehicle failed to protect the occupants from serious harm in foreseeable crashes.

Slip and Fall Accidents

While slip-and-fall accident claims may seem simple, this complex area of law calls for thorough investigation and careful preparation of evidence. You may also have a limited time in which to pursue a premises liability lawsuit. The best Scranton lawyers of Scartelli Olszewski have successfully represented injured individuals and their loved ones in numerous premises liability matters. We can help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.

Dog Bites

Dog bites may result in a range of serious injuries including death, disfigurement, fractures, nerve damage, infection, crushing, blood loss, scarring and emotional trauma. A dog bite victim may incur other damage as well, from missed work to ongoing medical expenses to long-term fear. Scartelli Olszewski’s experienced personal injury lawyers in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, provide legal counseling and representation to dog bite victims and their loved ones. Our attorneys are familiar with Pennsylvania’s unique dog bite statute and understand the complex interplay of state law, local ordinances and legal principles such as negligence.

Dram Shop Liquor Liability

Pennsylvania law prohibits individuals and establishments from serving alcohol to visibly intoxicated persons. The state’s “dram shop” law, so named for the old English reference to gin being served by the spoonful, or “dram,” applies to drinking establishments, retail stores that sell alcohol, private clubs and events and individuals who serve alcohol to minors or visibly intoxicated guests. This liquor liability law holds such parties civilly liable for any damages or injuries an intoxicated individual causes, even after leaving the premises. The dram shop law also applies to establishments and individuals selling or serving alcohol without a license or after hours.