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Douglas J Olcott

Douglas Olcott’s Legal Cases

6 total

  • Murphy v. Marenic

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Jul 15, 2010
    Outcome:
    2.3 Million Verdict for Plaintiff
    Description:
    On Thursday July 15, 2010, nearly seven (7) years after the after a disabling auto accident, a jury awarded a Fombell man over 2 million dollars in damages. Brian Murphy, Sr. was stopped at an intersection in Beaver County on October 16, 2003 waiting to make a left turn when Harvey Merenic, Sr. hit his vehicle from behind sending him into the path of a tractor trailer. As a result of the serious accident, Murphy suffered from back and neck injuries. He went to the emergency room and described the pain unlike any he had ever felt and complained of numbness in his left arm. On November 20, 2003, Murphy underwent a cervical discectomy and was told he was unable to return to work. Before trial the defense had taken responsibility for causing the accident, but denied that the accident what caused Mr. Murphy to be disabled and unable to work at age 41. For 15 years prior to the accident, Murphy had suffered from chronic neck pain and had been treated by his primary care physician for the neck pain on and off. In fact, just over a week before trial Murphy visited his primary care physician with the complaint of neck pain. At trial Murphy’s attorney, Doug Olcott of Dallas W. Hartman, PC, had Murphy’s former employer testify to his previous work record showing that he had an outstanding seventeen year work history and even though he suffered from neck pain, he never missed work or allowed his pain to cause him to miss work. Even after being told he should not work, Murphy tried to work. Olcott also called Dr. Michael Cozza who testified that he treated Murphy and the severe injuries were caused by the collision and that Murphy could never return to his job as a sander operator at Armstrong World Industries. Attorney Olcott also called Murphy’s three children and his wife to testify how the accident has affected Murphy’s life. They all agreed that they wanted “their Dad back.” It only took the jury hours to return the large verdict for lost wages, pain and suffering and loss of consortium awarded to Murphy’s wife, Tina. One of the jurors said “I just hope this helps.” After the verdict Attorney Olcott said that he was “pleased with the verdict and impressed with the compassion and understanding of the jury.” He said “they (the jury members) were able to see that this was a hard working guy who just wanted to work and live his life. He may have had neck pain over the years, but for 17 years he went to work every day and had an outstanding work record. He was sitting at an intersection one day and the next he was unable to work. They were able to see that this was unfair and that he deserved fair compensation.”
  • Confidential settlement

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Date:
    Mar 31, 2010
    Outcome:
    Multi-million dollar settlement
    Description:
    A 16 year old girl was ejected from a vehicle during a one car accident and suffered from catastrophic injuries. The defendant's work insurance carrier to tender the available policy limit. The insurance carrier failed to tender the policy limit in a timely manner resulting in a lawsuit being filed against the defendant. The insurance carrier exposed the defendant to a potential excess verdict and thereby committed bad faith. The insurance carrier agreed to mediate both the underlying bodily injury claim as well as the potential bad faith claim. A confidential multi-million dollar settlement was reached.
  • Confidential settlement

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Sep 10, 2012
    Outcome:
    Confidential Six Figure Settlement
    Description:
    Slip and Fall Case against a local hospital. Plaintiff suffered from a torn rotator cuff requiring arthroscopic surgery after falling on an isolated patch of ice on the sidewalk. Case settled on day one of trial.
  • Confidential settlement

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Date:
    Aug 15, 2012
    Outcome:
    Confidential Seven Figure Recovery
    Description:
    We represented a woman injured in an accident at a dangerous intersection. We sued the driver across the way who flashed their lights at the driver of the car our clients was a passenger in. We sued the truck who proceeded down the road who struck our client as she entered the intersection. We sued a vehicle who was parked in the parking lot of a store where they were parked in such a manner as to block the view of our client. We also sued the property owner of the store located on the corner for allowing people to park in an area which blocked the visibility of traffic at the dangerous intersection.
  • Halenbayuk v. Regis Halenbayuk

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Sep 19, 2012
    Outcome:
    100,000 Settlement
    Description:
    Our client, an infant, was bit by her grandparents' dog and suffered an 8 cm facial laceration on her left cheek. Settled for $100,000 policy limit.
  • Elizabeth Porada v. State Farm

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Date:
    Aug 14, 2012
    Outcome:
    Confidential Settlement
    Description:
    Defendant driver crossed center line and hit our client head on. Our client suffered from a disc buldge at C5-C6. C6 radiculopathy requiring 3 epidural injections. She had a pre-existing disc buldge at C4-C5.