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May 2016

Messa & Associates Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, and Top 100 Lists, Firm Features Client Stories on www.WhyMessa.com
Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at Messa & Associates, P.C. proudly announce that six of the firm’s thirteen attorneys have been selected to the 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list, two of those seven have also been selected as Top 100 in Philadelphia and Top 100 in Pennsylvania, and an additional two Messa & Associates attorneys were named to the Pennsylvania Rising Stars list for 2016. Less than 5 percent of the attorneys in Pennsylvania are selected by Super Lawyers to receive these prestigious honors.

“We at Messa & Associates strive to ensure that our focus remains on the needs of our clients,” said Joe Messa today. “I am pleased to work with an esteemed group of attorneys that is recognized by peers, year after year, for the outstanding work they do every day to serve the clients of our firm.”

In addition to the announcement of the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars selections, the firm has added a client testimonial to www.WhyMessa.com, a website focusing on accounts from former clients regarding why they chose MessaLaw and how the firm fought for their needs. Among the clients highlighted is Barbara Daquilante, a 51-year-old woman who suffered tremendous physical and emotional turmoil after being run down by a garbage truck in a dark parking lot on her way to work. Barbara and her husband Carmen are featured in the firm’s Pennsylvania Super Lawyers ad.

May 2016

Young woman and her unborn baby die after Hahnemann Hospital Emergency Department sends her home; mother filing wrongful death action
Yesterday, Messa & Associates, P.C. filed a medical malpractice claim against defendants Hahnemann Hospital, Drexel University, Tenet Health Corp., and Drs. Alleyne, Buchanan, and Smith, after 25-year-old Crystal Ellis and her unborn daughter (Baby Girl Ellis) were discharged from the Hahnemann Emergency Department, resulting in their ultimate demise.

Crystal Ellis was 25-years-old and 33 weeks pregnant on May 22, 2014, when she presented to the Hahnemann Emergency Department reporting abdominal, suprapubic, and bilateral lower back pain, as well as intermittent nausea and vomiting, all for the past 24 hours. A fetal monitor revealed that Ms. Ellis was suffering from severe uterine irritability. Drs. Alleyne, Buchanan, and Smith, all OB/GYN practitioners at Hahnemann, agreed on Ms. Ellis’ treatments, which were nothing more than hydration. No additional tests were ordered to investigate or determine the cause of Ms. Ellis’ uterine irritability, and approximately 4.5 hours after she was admitted, Ms. Ellis was discharged with instructions to drink 10-12 glasses of water daily, take prenatal vitamins, and keep her next prenatal appointment on June 22, 2014.

Nine hours later, at 3:46am, Ms. Ellis was rushed by ambulance to Albert Einstein Medical Center. She arrived unresponsive and in critical condition. Her pulses were lost in the ambulance en route to the hospital and an ultrasound performed upon arrival determined that Baby Girl Ellis had expired. During emergency trauma surgery, doctors discovered a bleeding femoral vein in Ms. Ellis’ abdomen. A hysterectomy was performed, during which Ms. Ellis coded. Doctors attempted to resuscitate her for 25 minutes. Crystal Ellis was pronounced dead at 5:08am, the cause of death determined to be a rupture of a pelvic vascular structure.

April 2016

New Jersey Based Mattress Manufacturer, Dream Well, Reaches $1M Settlement with Catastrophically Injured Victim of Negligence
Last Tuesday, Dream Well, a mattress manufacturer based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, agreed to pay Juan Rosado, a former delivery truck driver, $1 Million to compensate Rosado for injuries and damages he suffered after his foot was run over by a forklift operator employed by Dream Well in 2012. The settlement agreement was reached just as jury selection for trial was to begin.

On January 4, 2012, Rosado was supervising the unloading process of his truck on Dream Well’s loading dock when forklift operator, Marco Antonio, ran over Mr. Rosado’s foot, fracturing multiple bones. Antonio then reversed the forklift, “de-gloving” skin and tissue from Rosado’s leg, ankle, and foot. These injuries required multiple hospitalizations and surgeries to repair the fractures and to graft skin onto the foot and ankle, therapeutic treatments, and the ultimate amputation of the toes on Rosado’s right foot.

In the lawsuit, Mr. Rosado claimed that Dream Well was negligent in failing to provide safety training and instructions to Antonio or any other forklift operator employed by the company, and in failing to establish policies and procedures for the safe loading and unloading of trucks at its facility. Mr. Rosado also maintained that Dream Well is vicariously liable for the negligent operation of the forklift truck by its employee Marco Antonio, who operated the forklift while using a cellphone and failed to keep lookout for other persons in the loading area.

January 2016

Messa & Associates Welcomes New Attorney, Angelo Theodosopoulos, Esq. Adds to Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury Team
Philadelphia catastrophic injury law firm Messa & Associates, P.C. is pleased to announce that Angelo Theodosopoulos, Esq. has joined its team of experienced and skilled personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys. Mr. Theodosopoulos will concentrate his practice on complex injury cases, including medical malpractice, products liability, premises liability, and dram shop liability. “We are very excited to have Angelo join our firm,” said Joseph L. Messa, Jr., founding partner of Messa & Associates. “Angelo’s experience and skill set is a great match for Messa & Associates and I know he will be a valuable addition to our already talented and dedicated team.”

Mr. Theodosopoulos received his juris doctor from Penn State University, Dickinson School of Law in 2011. He is admitted to the bars of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey and has and has helped resolve a number of cases to seven- and eight-figure awards for his clients.

Angelo Theodosopoulos joins Messa & Associates from another prominent Philadelphia personal injury law firm. Mr. Theodosopoulos started his law career as a clerk for The Honorable William E. Baldwin in the Twenty-First Judicial District of Pennsylvania.

December 2015

Messa & Associates Welcomes New Attorney, Suzanne H. DePillis, Esq. Adds to Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury Team
Philadelphia catastrophic injury law firm Messa & Associates, P.C. is pleased to announce that Suzanne H. DePillis, Esq. has joined its team of experienced and skilled personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys as a Senior Associate. Ms. DePillis will concentrate her practice on complex injury cases, including medical malpractice, products liability, and premises liability. Messa & Associates founder, Joseph L. Messa, Jr., called DePillis an asset to the firm’s consistently growing practice. “We all very excited to welcome Ms. DePillis to this team. She is a skilled, hardworking, and accomplished attorney and she has much to offer our clients.”

Ms. DePillis received her juris doctor from the Villanova University School of Law. She is admitted to the bars of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey and has litigated a number of cases to million and multi-million dollar awards for clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Suzanne H. DePillis joins Messa & Associates from Philadelphia personal injury law firm, Kline & Specter, where she represented catastrophically injured victims of medical malpractice, products liability, and automobile accidents.

December 2015

Philadelphia Jury Awards $4.2 Million Verdict to Knee Replacement Patient Amputee
On Monday, a Philadelphia jury awarded $4.2 million in damages to a Pennsylvania woman who lost her leg to an infection after she underwent a bilateral knee replacement at Temple University Hospital in 2010.

On December 1, 2010, the plaintiff, Annabelle Glasgow, who had a history of non-insulin dependent diabetes and hypertension, underwent a bilateral knee replacement performed by Orthopedic surgeon, Easwaran Balasubramanian, at Temple University Hospital.

On December 4th, three days after her surgery, Ms. Glasgow was transferred to Temple’s Acute Rehabilitation center to begin her rehabilitation. Pressure ulcers (bedsores) developed and progressed at Temple University Hospital Rehabilitation and were not properly documented or treated. Dr. Frederick Nissley, her attending physician during rehabilitation, failed to note or place orders for care of the ulcers upon Ms. Glasgow’s discharge on December 22, 2010.

Over the next 6 months, Dr. Balasubramanian performed multiple surgeries on Ms. Glasgow in an attempt to repair vascular insuffiencies in her lower extremities, as well as to repair damage caused by a MRSA infection in her left leg. She was admitted to twelve different rehab facilities. The infection was not timely and/or appropriately addressed and ultimately, Annabelle Glasgow required an amputation of her left leg above the knee.

November 2015

Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorney Prolongs Police Conduct Investigation in the Death of Linwood Lambert to Seek Out Additional Review of Medical Findings
Linwood Lambert, Jr. died in the custody of the South Boston, Virginia Police (SBPD) on May 4, 2013. Documents obtained just days ago in the underlying civil suit from the Virginia State Police reveal it completed its investigation nearly two years ago. Thirty months after Lambert’s death, the Commonwealth’s Attorney has not rendered a prosecutorial decision and the investigation remains open.

These internal documents from the Commonwealth’s investigation raise even more questions. After her election, Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Q. Martin took over the investigation in December 2013. On May 1, 2014, Virginia State Police Special Agent John T. Rieger wrote that Ms. Martin had completed her review of investigative materials and had initially decided the “there has been no violation of law by the officers involved.” But when Special Agent Rieger asked for her written decision in February 2015, Ms. Martin apparently changed her mind. She reopened the case and requested the appointment of a special prosecutor. Ms. Martin and Special Prosecutor Mike Herring sought additional review of the medical examiner’s findings.

November 2015

Messa & Associates, P.C. Voted by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s Best Law Firms in 2016
Messa & Associates, P.C. is proud to announce that the firm has been named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s Best Law Firms in 2016 for their notable and distinctive performance in the area of Personal Injury litigation.

Messa & Associates’ rating was based on a collection of client and lawyer evaluations as well as additional peer reviews. Clients were asked to provide information related to firm responsiveness, firm civility, cost effectiveness, and understanding of needs. They were also asked to comment on whether or not they would refer the firm to other clients. Lawyers and peers were asked to state whether or not they’d refer important cases and whether or not they consider the firm a worthy competitor.

In order for a firm to be considered in a practice area, it is required that at least one of its attorneys be voted by peers into the Best Lawyers in America®, a distinction awarded to both Joseph L. Messa, Jr. and Eric Weitz of Messa & Associates in August of this year.

August 2015

Joseph Messa and Eric Weitz of Messa & Associates, P.C. Voted Among America’s Best Lawyers® for 2016
Messa & Associates, P.C. is proud to announce that firm founder, Joseph L. Messa, Jr. and Firm Partner , Eric H. Weitz, have been voted by their peers as Best Lawyers® in America for the year 2016. The 22nd edition of Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, includes over 52 thousand of the top-performing attorneys in 137 practice areas across 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Mr. Messa was nominated for his superior performance as a plaintiff’s attorney in the area of Products Liability Litigation. Mr. Weitz was nominated for his skilled representation of clients in a number of practice areas, including Mass Torts & Class Action litigation, Medical Malpractice Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, and Commercial Litigation.

Inclusion in the publication requires peer nomination and a detailed evaluation by fellow attorneys practicing in the field. The nomination and selection of Messrs. Messa and Weitz are a testament not just to their continued hard work and dedication to clients, but also to their devotion to service. Not only does Mr. Weitz represent catastrophically injured victims of medical malpractice and other forms of negligence, he also serves consumers of Pennsylvania on the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Board of Governors and serves his fellow legal professionals as Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Philadelphia Bar Association. Mr. Weitz is also an active board member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. Mr. Messa currently serves as President of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, is an active member of the American Association for Justice, is a Fellow of the American Bar Association, and serves on the Pennsylvania Association for Justice Board of Governors.

July 2015

Messa & Associates Welcomes New Attorney, Suzanne H. DePillis, Esq. Adds to Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury Team
Philadelphia catastrophic injury law firm Messa & Associates, P.C. is pleased to announce that Suzanne H. DePillis, Esq. has joined its team of experienced and skilled personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys as a Senior Associate. Ms. DePillis will concentrate her practice on complex injury cases, including medical malpractice, products liability, and premises liability. Messa & Associates founder, Joseph L. Messa, Jr., called DePillis an asset to the firm’s consistently growing practice. “We all very excited to welcome Ms. DePillis to this team. She is a skilled, hardworking, and accomplished attorney and she has much to offer our clients.”

Ms. DePillis received her juris doctor from the Villanova University School of Law. She is admitted to the bars of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey and has litigated a number of cases to million and multi-million dollar awards for clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Suzanne H. DePillis joins Messa & Associates from Philadelphia personal injury law firm, Kline & Specter, where she represented catastrophically injured victims of medical malpractice, products liability, and automobile accidents.

June 2015

Philadelphia Jury Awards $3 Million Verdict to Permanently Injured Victim of Construction Site Negligence
Last Thursday, a Philadelphia jury awarded $3 million in compensatory damages to a Pennsylvania man who was permanently injured after a set of temporary stairs on a construction site collapsed underneath him.

In January 2012, the plaintiff, John White, was employed as a carpenter on a residential construction project at 11th and Bainbridge Streets in Philadelphia. At the time, no permanent staircases had been installed at the worksite. Instead, temporary staircases were designed, constructed, and installed without adequate mid-span support by Beiler Construction, LLC. A number of carpenters and subcontractors had noticed that these stairs were shaky from the beginning. A plumber even referred to the use of the stairs as “a joke,” noting that two men could never use them at the same time. Mr. White approached his supervisor about the potentially dangerous condition of the stairs five times. Nothing was ever done.

Drywall, Inc., a company hired to install drywall at the worksite, disturbed the stability of the mid-span support of the temporary stairs during the course of their installation. After their work was completed, a safety re-inspection never took place at the construction site or of the stairs. A number of crew members noticed an increased wobbliness when ascending or descending the stairs after the drywall was installed.

June 2015

LAWFIRM ACQUIRES VIDEO SURVEILLANCE OF POLICE TASING THAT LEADS TO DEATH OF UNARMED AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN
A month after Messa & Associates filed a wrongful death claim against the South Boston, Virginia Police Department in relation to the death of an unarmed man in their custody, Halifax Regional Hospital has surrendered video surveillance from the front door of their facility showing multiple tasings by officers of an already subdued and apprehended man.

Linwood Lambert, Jr. was taken into police custody during the early morning hours of May 4, 2013 from a South Boston, VA Super 8 Motel, where it was determined that he was in need of psychiatric and medical attention. Three officers handcuffed the man and put him in the back of a police cruiser to take him to the Halifax Regional Hospital. Upon arrival at the hospital, Mr. Lambert exits the car and runs to the door of the Emergency Department when two officers tase him simultaneously. It is unclear in the video how long they are sending electrical volts through Mr. Lambert’s body, but if his writhing is an indicator, electricity was sent through him multiple times during the short time he was in front of the hospital. Mr. Lambert’s ankles were tied and he was returned to the police cruiser and hauled off to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail, without ever receiving the medical treatment it was clear he needed about an hour prior.

In a second video, Mr. Lambert is seen returning to the hospital in an ambulance, intubated. Medical records indicate that Mr. Lambert became unresponsive in the ambulance and EMTs began rescue efforts en route to the hospital. It is unclear whether or not he is alive upon arrival. He is pronounced dead about an hour later.

June 2015

Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association Inducts Joseph L. Messa, Jr. as 55th President
On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association – the oldest local trial lawyer organization in America –inducted Messa & Associates, P.C. founder, Joseph L. Messa, Jr., as their 55th President for the 2015-2016 year. Mr. Messa spent the last year serving as President Elect under outgoing President Lawrence R. Cohan.

“I am honored and humbled as I take on the position of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association President,” said Mr. Messa of his upcoming role. “I have been a member of the organization for over twenty years and I recognize the importance of our mission to protect the rights of victims to seek and obtain justice.” During a speech he delivered on the day of his induction, Mr. Messa vowed to, “not only protect the rights of citizens to civil justice, but also to broaden the rights of victims and expand the reach of [the] organization with a focus on youth in membership as well as in legislation.” Mr. Messa went on to say that he hopes to encourage increased membership of young lawyers and recent law school grads during his tenure to grow the organization and further its goals of preserving the civil justice system and combatting the continuing assault on the rights of individual citizens to seek and obtain justice.

The Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association (PTLA) is dedicated to the preservation of Civil Justice System and every citizen’s right to jury by trial. In addition to its work for victims of negligence, the PTLA supports continuing legal education for attorneys in Philadelphia by sponsoring a Luncheon Lecture Series and numerous seminars. The organization also honors exemplary law school seniors with trial advocacy awards.

May 2015

UNARMED AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN TASED TO DEATH BY VIRGINIA POLICE, MESSA & ASSOCIATES FILES LAWSUIT
Messa & Associates has filed a claim against the South Boston, Virginia Police Department on behalf of the Estate of Linwood Raymond Lambert, Jr., a 46-year-old African American man who died in police custody on the morning of May 4, 2013.

Linwood Lambert checked into Room #109 at the South Boston Super 8 Motel around 11pm on May 3, 2013. In the early hours of the following morning, the South Boston PD was contacted about a noisy guest (Lambert) who was not responding to requests to quiet down. Upon their arrival at 5:00am, the police found an anxious and erratic Lambert in his hotel room and determined he needed psychological and/or medical treatment. Police asked Lambert to come with them and Lambert peacefully obliged. He went with the police, unarmed, to Halifax Regional Hospital.

Because South Boston PD has continually failed to provide a police report or other investigative materials under the guise of an “ongoing investigation,” it is unclear exactly what transpired in the following hour of time, but medical records and an autopsy report outline the evening thusly: After leaving the Super 8, Lambert got as far as the door to the Halifax Regional Emergency Department before he was tased by officers, loaded back into a police vehicle, and transported to Blue Ridge Regional Jail, never having received any medical treatment. Lambert was then brought, via ambulance, back to the Halifax Regional ED unresponsive and in full cardiac and respiratory arrest at 6:06am. Rescue efforts, initiated by paramedics at approximately 5:28am and continued by Halifax Regional emergency personnel, were unsuccessful. Lambert was pronounced dead at 6:23 am.

May 2015

Messa & Associates Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Amtrak Victim , Trevor Beddoe
Philadelphia personal injury law firm, Messa & Associates, has filed a lawsuit in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of 35-year-old Trevor Beddoe and his wife, Eunju. Mr. Beddoe suffered catastrophic and disabling injuries as a result of last week’s fatal Amtrak derailment, including a traumatic brain injury, fractured shoulder requiring surgery, fractured clavicle, five fractured ribs, lung trauma/lung contusions, and other internal injuries, abrasions, contusions, and orthopedic injuries.

The claim includes counts of negligence and recklessness against the National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak) and against the engineer of Amtrak train 188, Brandon Bostian, who operated the train at more than double the posted speed limit at a sharp curve at Frankford Junction in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia. The complaint also includes a loss of consortium count against all defendants on behalf of Mrs. Eunju Beddoe.

Plaintiff is represented by Joseph L. Messa, Jr. and Thomas N. Sweeney. Plaintiff is seeking punitive and compensatory damages.

May 2015

Amtrak Victim Retains Messa & Associates for Injuries Sustained in Last Week’s Fatal Derailment
Philadelphia personal injury law firm, Messa & Associates, has been retained to file a personal injury claim against Amtrak for injuries sustained by a 35-year old male as a result of last Tuesday’s fatal train derailment at Frankford Junction. The young man sustained serious head trauma, multiple fractures, and required surgery to treat his many injuries.

Joseph L. Messa, Jr. of Messa & Associates, who is representing the client, plans to file a complaint in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas by the end of this week. Mr. Messa spoke of the case, saying,

“My client’s injuries are extensive and his life will be permanently altered from this point forward. It is now my job as this man’s lawyer to make sure his life can return to some state of normalcy. I wish the same thing for all of the victims of last Tuesday’s horrific events; that they and/or their families can begin to undergo physical and emotional healing and return to a state of normalcy.”

Joseph L. Messa, Jr. is an AV-rated attorney, listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and was named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers. Mr. Messa is also an advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer from 2009 to 2015 and was selected to the Top 100 Pennsylvania and Top 100 Philadelphia lists for 2012, 2013, and 2015.

May 2015

Messa & Associates Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, and Top 100 Lists, Firm Features Client Stories on www.WhyMessa.com
Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at Messa & Associates, P.C. proudly announce that seven of the firm’s thirteen attorneys have been selected to the 2015 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list and two of those seven have also been selected as Top 100 in Philadelphia and Top 100 in Pennsylvania. Two additional Messa & Associates attorneys were named to the Pennsylvania Rising Stars list for 2015. Less than 5 percent of the attorneys in the state are selected by Super Lawyers.

“We at Messa & Associates strive to ensure that our focus remains on the needs of our clients,” said Joe Messa today. “I am pleased to work with an esteemed group of attorneys that has consistently been recognized by their peers for the outstanding work they do every day to serve the clients of our firm.”

In addition to the announcement of the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars selections, the firm has added client testimonials to www.whymessa.com, a website focusing on accounts from former clients regarding why they chose MessaLaw and how the firm fought for their needs. Among the clients highlighted is Julia Pison, a 61-year-old woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury six years ago after being broadsided in her car by a driver running a red light. Julia is featured in the firm’s Pennsylvania Super Lawyers ad.

March 2015

Richard Heleniak Named To 2015 New Jersey Super Lawyers List
Messa & Associates, P.C. is pleased to announce that Richard J. Heleniak has been selected to the 2015 New Jersey Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the attorneys in the state are selected by Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Mr. Heleniak has more than 30 years of experience in handling complex personal injury matters, including medical malpractice and products liability cases. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey.

“I am delighted to be recognized as one of New Jersey’s Super Lawyers,” said Rich Heleniak. “My work and the work of the all of the attorneys and staff at Messa & Associates reflect our desire to provide the best service to our clients.”

This is Mr. Heleniak’s third consecutive selection to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list. He has also been named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list seven times.

March 2015

Thomas N. Sweeney Presents CLE Course “What’s It Worth” in Philadelphia
Thomas N. Sweeney, Esq. of Philadelphia personal injury law firm, Messa & Associates, P.C., recently served as the Course Planner for a Pennsylvania Association of Justice continuing legal education course “What’s it Worth?”, a course aimed at educating attorneys on valuing real cases. Mr. Sweeney organized current examples from active cases to assist and encourage discussions between attendees and panel members which included plaintiff’s attorneys, defense attorneys, a judge, and an arbitrator/mediator. Much of the course was spent evaluating hypothetical situations from real cases. Mr. Sweeney and the panel also discussed successful settlement techniques specific to arbitrations and mediations, ethics issues with regard to certain settlements, maximizing settlements in smaller cases, and the continuing impact of Pennsylvania’s Fair Share Act on settlements.

The course was held at Top of the Tower on March 10, 2015 and offered three substantive CLE credits and one ethics CLE credit. The rest of the panel included The Honorable Henry S. Perkin of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of PA; Rosalind T. Kaplan, Esq.; Arthur S. Novello, Esq.; Philip M. Hof, Esq.; Patrick D. MacAvoy, Esq.; Thomas P. Bracaglia, Esq.; and George Audi, CFP, CHSNC.

Tom Sweeney concentrates his practice in complex personal injury cases including premises liability, toxic tort, medical malpractice, products liability, and other catastrophic injury cases. He is a member of both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bars and is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Sweeney is a member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, and serves as a board member for the Pennsylvania Association for Justice.

March 2015

Philadelphia Jury Awards $6.6 Million Verdict to Recovered Heroin Addict for Medical Negligence that Resulted in Paraplegia
On Wednesday, a Philadelphia jury awarded $6.6 million in damages to a Philadelphia man who became permanently paralyzed in 2010 as a result of severely negligent medical treatment at Jeanes Hospital.

The plaintiff, Harry Walker, presented to the Emergency Department at Jeanes Hospital in November 2010 seeking treatment for severe back pain and a heroin addiction. Importantly, he presented with a fever and nausea; together, glaring signs of infection. The emergency department staff administered narcotic pain medication and ran tests that included an EKG, X-rays, and blood work. Before the test results were completed, Mr. Walker was discharged with a diagnosis of exacerbated back pain and narcotic withdrawal and a prescription for more narcotics. After his discharge, Jeanes Hospital became aware, via blood cultures, that Mr. Walker had a systemic blood infection. One unanswered phone call was the only attempt the hospital made to contact Mr. Walker before they sent a certified letter to the address on file. The letter didn’t even have time to arrive before Mr. Walker woke up in his bed, paralyzed from the chest down.

Jeanes Hospital defended their actions by placing responsibility for Mr. Walker’s paraplegia on Mr. Walker himself, claiming that his substance abuse was the cause of his unfortunate circumstance and that the emergency department acted in line with general standards of care in sending a narcotics addict home with more narcotics and an incomplete diagnosis. The Hospital even went so far as to bring in a physician to testify that Mr. Walker’s struggles with substance abuse and other problems significantly shortened his life expectancy in an effort to minimize his damages.

February 2015

Joseph L. Messa, Jr. Certified by The American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys as a Medical Malpractice Attorney, Awarded Status of Diplomat
Joseph L. Messa, Jr., founder of Messa & Associates, P.C., has been awarded board certification by The American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (ABPLA), a national organization founded in 1972 that board certifies leading trial advocates in areas of professional negligence law. It is the only organization in the United States accredited by the American Bar Association to identify and certify legal professionals in the areas of legal and medical malpractice.

Board Certification is reserved for attorneys with superior ability in areas of professional negligence; attorneys deserving of special recognition in their practices areas. Peer-nominated candidates are evaluated based on their experience, education, ethics, examination, and excellence. Those candidates that ABPLA considers qualified are invited to sit for an examination. Passing the exam awards candidates with Board Certification and Diplomat status.

Joseph L. Messa successfully earned himself the distinction of an ABPLA Board Certified Medical Malpractice Attorney. To add to his achievements, Mr. Messa will be sworn in later this year as the President of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.

February 2015

Messa & Associates, P.C. Voted by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s Best Law Firms in 2015
Messa & Associates, P.C. is proud to announce that the firm has been named by the U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s Best Law Firms in 2015 for their notable and distinctive performance in the area of Personal Injury litigation.

Messa & Associates’ rating was based on a collection of client and lawyer evaluations as well as additional peer reviews. Clients were asked to provide information related to firm responsiveness, firm civility, cost effectiveness, and understanding of needs. They were also asked to comment on whether or not they would refer the firm to other clients. Lawyers and peers were asked to state whether or not they’d refer important cases and whether or not they consider the firm a worthy competitor.

In order for a firm to be considered in a practice area, it is required that at least one of its attorneys be voted by peers into the Best Lawyers in America®, a distinction awarded to Eric Weitz of Messa & Associates in September of last year.

“We are really proud of the work we do here,” said Joseph L. Messa, Jr., founder of Messa & Associates. “It’s an honor to receive this kind of recognition, especially when it’s based on the reviews of not only clients, but peers as well.”

January 2015

Messa & Associates Welcomes New Attorney, Ramon A. Arreola, Esq., Adds to Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury Team
Philadelphia catastrophic injury law firm Messa & Associates, P.C. is pleased to announce that Ramon A. Arreola, Esq. has joined its team of experienced and skilled personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys. Mr. Arreola will concentrate his practice on complex injury cases, including medical malpractice, products liability, premises liability, construction injury, and mass tort cases. Mr. Arreola is fluent in Spanish and will work with the firm’s growing number of Spanish speaking clients together with our other Spanish speaking lawyers and staff. “We are very excited to have Ramon join our firm,” said Joseph L. Messa, Jr., founding partner of Messa & Associates. “Ramon offers us a chance to extend our reach into the severely underrepresented Latino populations in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. His skill set is a great match for Messa & Associates and I know he will be a valuable addition to our already talented and dedicated team.”

Mr. Arreola received his juris doctor from the University of Baltimore, School of Law in 2007. He is admitted to the bars of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey and has litigated a number of cases to seven- and eight-figure awards for clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and other states.

Ramon A. Arreola joins Messa & Associates from Philadelphia personal injury law firm, Golkow & Hessel, where he was an associate for five years. Mr. Arreola was also an associate with the Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos in Baltimore, Maryland from 2007 to 2009.

January 2015

Jenimae Almquist, Esq. of Messa & Associates, P.C. is appointed to Board of Directors of the Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement
Jenimae Almquist, a personal injury associate with Messa & Associates, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement, an organization with the mission of promoting an informed and responsible citizenry that actively engages in democratic practices.

The center is located on the campus of Arcadia University in Glenside, PA and, as the website states, is a “collaborative effort between the National Constitution Center and Arcadia University.” In order to promote civics education, the Rendell Center offers opportunities to develop an engaged citizenship to all those on the Arcadia Campus, the community at large, and all students at all levels of education. The Rendell Center also offers teaching tools for educators, including a literacy-based civics curriculum called “We The Civics Kids,” a program born of the collaboration between Arcadia and the National Constitution Center.

Ms. Almquist dedicates significant time to bar service and community activities. She co-chairs the Advancing Civics Education (ACE) Program of the Philadelphia Bar Association which utilizes volunteer lawyers and judges to teach high school students basic concepts of citizenship and dispute resolution. She is a board member of the Hispanic Bar Association of PA and engages in pro bono service for Spanish speaking clients through the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (Philadelphia VIP). Ms. Almquist is also an active member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Minority Law Day Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.

November 2014

Joseph Messa presents at Ninth Annual Pennsylvania Association for Justice Medical Malpractice Seminar
On November 11, 2014, Messa & Associates founder, Joseph L. Messa, Jr., with the assistance of associate Megan M. Kwak, presented on expert testimony at the Pennsylvania Association for Justice’s ninth annual Medical Malpractice Seminar, held at the Raddisson-Warwick Hotel.

This year’s edition of the annual seminar included presentations from city attorneys and physicians on jury selection, defendant doctor depositions, surgical error cases, case law, audit trails, and changes in medical malpractice claims. Mr. Messa’s presentation centered on the proper utilization of expert witnesses and testimony, including timely filing of certificates of merit and successful selection of experts.

Megan M. Kwak, an associate with the firm representing medical malpractice and personal injury clients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, assisted with preparation of the presentation. Megan is a graduate of Widener Law and former intern with the UK parliament.

November 2014

Almost $1 million in sanctions levied against Nancy Raynor, Esq. of Raynor & Associates, P.C. after trial misconduct
Last week, The Honorable Paul P. Panepinto signed an order sanctioning defense attorney Nancy Raynor, Esq., for trial misconduct regarding preclusion of decedent’s smoking history in Sutch v. Roxborough Memorial Hospital, a case that concluded last week with a nearly $2 million verdict.

Prior to the first trial of this matter, a pre-trial order precluded any reference to decedent, Rosalind Wilson’s, smoking history. However, during questioning, defense’s expert, Dr. John J. Kelly, D.O., testified in direct violation of the court order that decedent was a smoker. It became apparent that Mrs. Raynor had not taken steps to assure that the court order was followed and that the witness was informed of the details of the order.

Judge Panepinto’s sanctions order stated that,

“Nancy Raynor, Esq. violated this Court in that she failed to advise Dr. Kelly of this Court’s preclusion Order and/or failed to follow this Court’s clear instructions by failing to remind Dr. Kelly just prior to his taking the stand as to this Court’s Order precluding any reference to decedent’s smoking history.”

November 2014

$1.975 Million Jury Verdict Awarded Against Roxborough Memorial Hospital for Estate of Deceased Victim of Missed Cancer Diagnosis
On Tuesday, a Philadelphia jury handed down a $1.975 million verdict on behalf of the Estate of Rosalind Wilson against Roxborough Memorial Hospital and defendants Jeffrey Bruce Gellar, D.O., and Melanio Domingo Aguirre, M.D.

In 2007, Rosalind Wilson presented to the Roxborough Memorial Hospital with chest pain/shortness of breath, profuse sweating, nausea, and headache. A chest x-ray showed a nodule in the upper lobe of the patient’s left lung. The radiologist who reviewed the films, Dr. Barbara Goldman Robins, identified the nodule and recommended a CT scan of the lung to further identify the nature of the mass. The CT scan was never performed and Ms. Wilson was discharged from the hospital the next day. Her discharge papers instructed her to follow up with her primary care physician for hypothyroidism and hypertension but did not inform her of the nodule on her lung.

Twenty months later, Ms. Wilson was diagnosed with metastatic, stage IV lung cancer with symptoms from metastasis to the brain. On July 21, 2009, Rosalind Wilson died.

October 2014

Messa & Associates Welcomes New Of Counsel Attorney, Adds to Qui Tam / Whistleblower and Pharmaceutical Mass Tort Team
Philadelphia personal injury law firm Messa & Associates, P.C. is pleased to announce that Claudine Q. Homolash, Esq. has joined its team of experienced and skilled personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys. Ms. Homolash will concentrate her practice on qui tam/whistleblower litigation, as well as pharmaceutical mass tort litigation. Ms. Homolash focuses much of her practice representing whistleblowers on behalf of the federal government in the healthcare and pharmaceutical area. “We are excited to have Claudine come on board as an of counsel attorney and to expand our whistleblower and drug injury practice,” said Joseph L. Messa, Jr., founding partner of Messa & Associates.

Ms. Homolash received her juris doctor from Villanova University School of Law in 1999. She is admitted to the bars of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the States of New Jersey and New York. Ms. Homolash has represented qui tam clients all over the country. Ms. Homolash has also been counsel on various mass tort litigations in the Philadelphia courts as well as various Multi-District litigations.

August 2014

Verizon to Pay $3 Million to Settle Lawsuit
After more than a week of trial, Verizon Pennsylvania, LLC (Verizon) has agreed to pay $3 million to settle a lawsuit brought by Patricia Pinkerton, the injured victim of a crash caused by a distracted Verizon bucket truck driver. On February 27, 2012, Ms. Pinkerton was stopped on Garrett Road in Upper Darby Township, PA when the driver of the bucket truck, Richard McCollick, rear-ended Ms. Pinkerton’s vehicle, seriously injuring her.

According to Verizon’s interrogatory answers and information adduced at trial, at the time of the crash, McCollick was on hold with a Verizon employee on his personal cell phone while simultaneously looking at his business cell phone.

Ms. Pinkerton sustained a mild traumatic brain injury, resulting in cognitive deficits and memory loss. She also suffered disc herniations in her neck and back for which doctors have recommended surgery. Ms. Pinkerton’s and Verizon’s physicians and neuropsychologists all agreed that the crash caused her brain injury and ended her 32-year career as a nurse.

August 2014

Joseph L. Messa, Jr. Named President Elect of Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
The Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association – the oldest trial lawyer organization in Pennsylvania – has named Messa & Associates, P.C. founder, Joseph L. Messa, Jr., as President Elect for the 2014-2015 year. Mr. Messa spent the last year serving as Vice President under Nancy J. Winkler, and will spend his year as President Elect under President Lawrence R. Cohan.

“I am very excited to take on the position of Trial Lawyers Association President,” said Mr. Messa of his upcoming role. “I have long been of service to the organization and admire all that it does to preserve the American Legal System and to support continuing legal education for attorneys in Philadelphia. I plan on using this year as President Elect to prepare for my tenure; brainstorming and developing new and innovative ways to better serve Philadelphia plaintiffs with skilled and effective representation.”

Mr. Messa has successfully litigated multiple serious injury cases to seven- and eight-figure verdicts and settlements in medical malpractice, products liability, fire and burn injury, brain injury, and construction/work injury matters, including a $35 million settlement for a 27 year old man who was rendered a quadriplegic after both the brakes and seatbelt of his tractor trailer failed him.

August 2014

GARDA to Pay $850 Thousand to Settle Lawsuit
Last week, Garda CL Atlantic, Inc. (GARDA) agreed to pay $850 thousand to settle a lawsuit brought by Frank Jazlovietcki, the injured victim of a crash caused by a negligent GARDA armored truck driver. On April 21, 2012, Mr. Jazlovietcki was traveling northbound in his 1983 Chevrolet on Brookwood Drive towards its intersection with Street Road in Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania. A GARDA armored vehicle was traveling westbound on Street Road towards its intersection with Brookwood Drive. At the time, the traffic signal for westbound Street Road was steadily red. At the same time that Mr. Jazlovietcki was crossing the intersection, the GARDA vehicle blew through the red light and t-boned Jazlovietcki’s car, sending the vehicle into a 120° spin, into another car, up the curb, and into a grassy area.

As a result of the accident, Mr. Jazlovietcki suffered a number of injuries. He sustained a left arm fracture and bulging discs in his neck and lower back. His neuropsychologist also diagnosed him with mild cognitive deficiencies and post-concussion syndrome.

Before the accident, Mr. Jazlovietcki was working part time in a K-Mart warehouse, doing heavy lifting and manual labor. He has not worked since his accident.

August 2014

$775k Verdict in Cape May County Verbal Threshold Case
On Tuesday, The Honorable J. Christopher Gibson approved a jury verdict of $775,000 for Delia Pezzella, the injured victim of a car crash in Cape May County. On December 1, 2009, around 1:30pm, the plaintiff, Ms. Pezzella, was driving her car on Rt. 47, approaching the intersection at Fulling Mill Road in Rio Grande, NJ. At the same time, the defendant, Francis Wesolowski, was operating his vehicle on Fulling Mill Road, approaching the same intersection. The defendant drove his car into the intersection while Ms. Pezzella was driving through, hitting the front passenger side of her car.

As a result of the crash, Ms. Pezzella sustained serious and permanent injuries to her neck and back, including lumbar disc injury; lumbosacral sprain and strain; cervical sprain and strain; and cervical disc injury. Ms. Pezzella’s 21st Century insurance policy included a verbal threshold (also known as a limitation on lawsuit threshold) which very often bars crash victims from bringing claims against faulty drivers. Ms. Pezzella’s attorney, Lee D. Rosenfeld of Messa & Associates, P.C., was able to successfully prove that her injuries were permanent and debilitating, recovering for the young woman a $775,000 verdict.

When asked about the verdict, Mr. Rosenfeld said he was, “very happy that the jury was able to appreciate how small moments in time can result in devastating effects to someone’s health and future.” Mr. Rosenfeld went on to say that, “Delia is a wonderful young woman who really deserved to be fairly compensated for what happened to her.”

July 2014

Messa & Associates Welcomes New Attorney, Adds to Medical Malpractice and Catastrophic Personal Injury
Philadelphia personal injury law firm Messa & Associates, P.C. is pleased to announce that Justin L. Groen, Esq. has joined its team of experienced and skilled personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys. Mr. Groen will concentrate his practice on catastrophic injury litigation, representing victims of medical malpractice, product liability and other complex personal injury cases. “We are excited to have Justin come on board as one of our associates,” said Joseph L. Messa, Jr., founding partner of Messa & Associates. “His strong background and experience will be valuable as he joins us in serving the needs our personal injury clients.”

Mr. Groen received his juris doctor from Widener University School of Law in May, 2006. Before beginning his career as a plaintiff’s attorney, Mr. Groen served as an Assistant District Attorney for the City of Philadelphia from 2006 through 2009. During his tenure as an Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Groen prosecuted thousands of criminals for crimes ranging from burglary and armed robbery to narcotics distribution, rape, and attempted murder. Upon completion of his term as an Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Groen joined personal injury law firm Kornblau and Kornblau, P.C. in Philadelphia to begin a career as a plaintiff’s attorney. There, he earned a reputation for skilled and passionate representation of his personal injury clients, who were victims of medical malpractice, defective products, and other serious negligence. Mr. Groen’s zealous advocacy and tenacity are a perfect fit for the team of attorneys at Messa & Associates, P.C.

July 2014

Verizon to Pay $3 Million to Settle Lawsuit
After more than a week of trial, Verizon Pennsylvania, LLC (Verizon) has agreed to pay $3 million to settle a lawsuit brought by Patricia Pinkerton, the injured victim of a crash caused by a distracted Verizon bucket truck driver. On February 27, 2012, Ms. Pinkerton was stopped on Garrett Road in Upper Darby Township, PA when the driver of the bucket truck, Richard McCollick, rear-ended Ms. Pinkerton’s vehicle, seriously injuring her.

According to Verizon’s interrogatory answers and information adduced at trial, at the time of the crash, McCollick was on hold with a Verizon employee on his personal cell phone while simultaneously looking at his business cell phone.

Ms. Pinkerton sustained a mild traumatic brain injury, resulting in cognitive deficits and memory loss. She also suffered disc herniations in her neck and back for which doctors have recommended surgery. Ms. Pinkerton’s and Verizon’s physicians and neuropsychologists all agreed that the crash caused her brain injury and ended her 32-year career as a nurse.

June 2014

Messa & Associates Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers, Rising Stars and Top 100 Lists Firm, Features Client Stories on WhyMessa.com
Philadelphia personal injury attorneys Messa & Associates, P.C. proudly announce that seven of the firm’s attorneys have been selected to the 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list and one was selected as a Top 100 in Philadelphia and Top 100 in Pennsylvania. Another Messa & Associates attorney was named a Pennsylvania Rising Star for 2014. Less than 5 percent of the attorneys in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. The firm has also launched a new website – www.whymessa.com – in concert with the selections.

“The attorneys at Messa & Associates strive to ensure our focus remains on the needs of our clients,” said Joe Messa today. “I am pleased to work with an esteemed team that has consistently been recognized by their peers for the outstanding work they do every day to serve our clients.”

In addition to the announcement of the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars selections, the firm has added client testimonials to www.whymessa.com, a website focusing on former clients describing why they chose to work with Messa and how the firm obtained justice for them. Among the clients highlighted is Regina Yankanich, a 44-year-old woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury after slipping on icy stairs at her apartment complex. Regina is featured in the firm’s Pennsylvania Super Lawyers ad.

June 2014

Thomas N. Sweeney Serves on CLE Course Panel in Philadelphia
Thomas N. Sweeney of Philadelphia personal injury law firm, Messa & Associates, P.C., recently served as a panelist for the “What’s it Worth?” continuing education course, aiming to educate attorneys on valuing real cases. Attendees participated in panel discussions with plaintiff’s attorneys, defense attorneys, a judge, and an arbitrator/mediator, evaluating hypotheticals from real cases. The panel also discussed settlement techniques in court and mediations, ethics issues with regard to settlements, and how the Fair Share Act may affect settlements.

The course was held at Top of the Tower on March 20, 2014 and offered three substantive CLE credits and one ethics CLE credit. The rest of the panel included Rosalind T. Kaplan, Esq., Thomas P. Bracaglia, Esq., Daniel J. Siegel, Esq., Frank Murphy, Esq., Hon. Robert A. Freedberg (ret), and Hon. Mary Colins.

Tom Sweeney concentrates his practice in complex personal injury cases including premises liability, toxic tort, medical malpractice, products liability, and other catastrophic injury cases. He is a member of both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bars and is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Sweeney is a member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, and serves as a board member for the Pennsylvania Association for Justice.

For more information, please contact Thomas N. Sweeney at (215) 568-3500.

May 2014

Mother Sues Railroad Company after Death of Seventeen Year-Old Daughter
Roxanne Eschbach of Milton, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, has retained Philadelphia personal injury law firm Messa & Associates, P.C. to represent her in a wrongful death action against Conrail, Norfolk Southern Railway Company, Norfolk Southern Corporation, North Shore Railroad Company, Susquehanna Economic Development Association – Council of Governments Joint Rail Authority, and Lycoming Valley Railroad Company on behalf of the estate of her 17-year-old daughter, Maxine, who was killed in 2012 when a train smashed into the passenger side of the car she was riding in.

Maxine Eschbach’s untimely death was absolutely avoidable and the defendants acted negligently when failing to install automatic crossing gates at the intersection. The Federal Railroad Safety Act reveals that since 1970, ten reports have been filed regarding the hazardous conditions of the Center Street Crossing in Milton, PA, including not only the absence of automatic gates, but visual obstructions that block sightlines for westbound drivers. Regardless of complaint, report, and incident histories, Norfolk Southern Railway Company and Conrail never installed crossing gates and it was this failure that led to Maxine’s tragic death.

Joseph L. Messa, Jr. of Messa & Associates, P.C. said of the case, “This is an absolute tragedy. Norfolk Southern and Conrail chose to ignore necessary safety precautions in an effort to save money and a teenage girl paid for it with her life.”

April 2014

Philadelphia Man Sues Manufacturer of Table Saw After Gruesome Injury
Alex Mai of Philadelphia has retained attorneys Thomas N. Sweeney and Joseph L. Messa, Jr. of Messa & Associates, P.C. to represent him in a products liability case against Ryobi Technologies, Inc. (“Ryobi”) and One World Technologies, Inc. (“OWT”). Ryobi and OWT design, manufacture, and sell a defective table saw that severed Alex Mai’s right middle finger.

On March 25, 2012, Mai was working on a construction site when a Ryobi/OWT table saw amputated his right middle finger and caused severe lacerations to his thumb, right fingers, and hand. Mai was 19 at the time of the injuries and has lost full use of his dominant hand.

“Ryobi and One World Technologies were incredibly negligent in their failure to incorporate available technologies that prevent injuries like the one my client endured,” said attorney and Messa & Associates founder Joseph L. Messa, Jr. “Table saws cause over 35,000 injuries a year and Ryobi and OWT are actually lobbying to prevent these safety precautions from becoming industry standards. My hope is not only to earn my client a substantial award, but to push Ryobi, OWT, and other table saw manufacturers in the direction of consistently incorporating necessary safety measures in their design to ensure that injuries like these stop happening.”

April 2014

Lawsuit Filed Against Manufacturer of Defective Smoke Alarms City of Philadelphia failed to maintain fire hydrant
Universal Security Instruments, Inc., USI Electric, Inc. and the City of Philadelphia have been sued in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas for the death of a Philadelphia woman and her four-year-old great-granddaughter after they died in a fire because the smoke detectors in their home failed to sound. Though the home had four smoke detectors installed in the home, all four alarms failed to timely sound and notify the family of the fire. The smoke detectors, manufactured by Universal, did not perform their basic function to provide a timely warning despite claiming that “ionization smoke alarms are your best overall choice for reliability and fast response time, since they quickly sense small invisible smoke particles and will also sense larger visible smoke particles.” Philadelphia-based law firm Messa & Associates, P.C. filed the suit.

On April 15, 2012, Ardalia Bumpus, 79, and Nevaeh Bryant were asleep when a fire started in their North Philadelphia home. As alleged in the Complaint, the four Universal smoke detectors had new batteries installed yet they did not provide timely warning of the fire. Four year-old Nevaeh ran to her great-grandmother’s room for safety as Ardalia yelled for help from her bedroom window. Philadelphia firefighters responded to the fire, but fire hydrants located on Firth Street were inoperative. The firefighters were delayed in their rescue efforts because they had to use fire hydrants several blocks away from the home. Ardalia and Nevaeh’s bodies were later discovered in Ardalia’s bedroom.

April 2014

Trump Entertainment Resorts Sued after Woman Falls to Her Death
The family of a woman who fell to her death shortly after leaving the Trump Taj Mahal Casino is seeking damages in a claim filed against the casino. Philadelphia-based personal injury attorneys Joseph L. Messa, Jr. and Thomas N. Sweeney of Messa & Associates, P.C. filed the lawsuit in Atlantic County, N.J. Superior Court on behalf of the family.

According to the complaint, Suzanne Zeidler entered the casino on January 29, 2012 and was served excessive amounts of complimentary liquor. Despite being visibly intoxicated and becoming increasingly incoherent, employees of the casino continued to serve Suzanne for several hours more. She left around midnight and went to the third floor parking garage where she fell to her death.

March 2014

Family of Woman Killed by Garbage Truck Retains Messa & Associates, P.C.
The family of Yesenia Del Cisne-Perez, the 20-year-old Elizabeth resident killed by a garbage truck earlier this month, has retained Philadelphia personal injury law firm Messa & Associates, P.C. to represent them.

The truck that struck and killed Yesenia as she crossed Madison Avenue in Elizabeth, N.J. is owned by the Joseph Smentkowski Co. of Jersey City. Yesenia was making her regular commute to Manhattan where she studied graphic design.

“We were saddened to hear about a young student being tragically killed while simply crossing a street,” said Attorney Joseph L. Messa, Jr. today. “It is our intention to ensure that any and all parties who are at fault in this case are held responsible so that Yesenia’s family can gain the closure they need to begin the difficult task of moving forward.”

March 2014

Defective Curling Iron, Power Strip Blamed for Child’s Death
The family of a seven-year-old girl killed by a fire in her Pemberton, N.J. home has filed a products liability claim against Helen of Troy, Belson Products, Applica Consumer Products, Inc. and Intermatic, Inc. The lawsuit, filed in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, asserts that Belson’s curling iron and Intermatic’s power strip were both defective and that the companyies continued to market and sell these products despite the fact that both companies had received notice that their products could cause residential fires during their intended use. Philadelphia-based personal injury law firm Messa & Associates, P.C. filed the lawsuit on behalf of the family.

On December 28, 2011, Lamiyah Graves and her two siblings were asleep when a fire broke out in Lamiyah’s bedroom. Because of the flames, thick smoke and heat, Lamiyah was unable to escape from her bedroom and attempts to rescue her from her bedroom window were unsuccessful. Firefighters later discovered the child’s severely burned body on the floor next to her bedroom closet. In addition to significant burn injuries, Lamiyah suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning.

December 2013

Missed Diagnosis Leads to Paralysis, Death of Former SEPTA Police Officer
Abington Memorial Hospital, Radiology Group of Abington, P.C., along with treating physicians and their related professional medical associations have been named in a medical malpractice action filed in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. The suit is concerning the paralysis and ultimate death of a former SEPTA transit police officer, Craig Price, after his spinal cord injury went undiagnosed following his admission to Abington Memorial Hospital. A radiologist at Abington, despite reviewing Mr. Price’s CT scan, did not recognize an obvious abnormality shown on the cervical CT image and misread the films; and Mr. Price was sent home only to return seven days later as a quadriplegic. Philadelphia-based personal injury law firm Messa & Associates, P.C. filed the suit on behalf of the family of Mr. Price.

“This is a yet another example of a professional missing a diagnosis, and the hospital rushing to discharge the patient without providing the additional care that is required,” said Attorney Joseph L. Messa, Jr. today. “That critical mistake and the failure of anyone else to recognize that a mistake had been made delayed Mr. Price’s medical treatment an additional week. Unfortunately, by the time the injury was properly diagnosed, Mr. Price’s medical condition had already severely worsened and his prognosis was grim.”

October 2013

Messa & Associates Welcomes New Associate Adds to Medical Malpractice and Catastrophic Personal Injury Team
Philadelphia personal injury law firm Messa & Associates, P.C. is pleased to announce that Megan M. Kwak, Esquire has joined the firm. Ms. Kwak will concentrate her practice on catastrophic injury litigation, representing victims of medical malpractice, product liability and other complex personal injury cases.

“We are excited to have Megan come on board as one of our associates,” said Joseph L. Messa, Jr., founding partner of Messa & Associates. “Her remarkable background and experience will be valuable as she joins us in serving the needs our personal injury clients.”

Ms. Kwak received her juris doctor from Widener University School of Law in May 2012. She was a member of both the Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Society and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society at Widener. Additionally, she was recognized with pro bono distinction as part of the Martin Luther King Semester of Service. Ms. Kwak held a position at the Chester County District Attorney’s Office for more than one year, where she was authorized for limited practice.

October 2013

$350,330 Verdict for Premises Liability Action
A Philadelphia jury verdict has awarded $350,330 in damages to a man against Temple University Hospital.

On April 25, 2011, Joseph McQueen was walking on a sidewalk located on Temple University Hospital’s Health Science Center in Philadelphia, PA when he was caused to trip and fall on broken concrete. The jury determined that Temple failed to reasonably inspect and/or fix a hazardous condition on its property. The jury did not find that Mr. McQueen was negligent in any way. As a result of suddenly falling to the pavement, Mr. McQueen sustained a large herniated disc that impinges the spinal cord along with an ankle sprain and aggravation of pre-existing lumbar stenosis. He is presently seeking to obtain surgery for his spinal injury.

September 2013

Death of Young Philadelphia Mother Results in $2 Million Settlement
Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys, Joseph L. Messa, Jr. and A. Christine Giordano, of Messa & Associates, P.C. settled a medical malpractice case against a Philadelphia hospital for $2 Million, the firm announced today.

The case was filed on behalf of a deceased mother of two after doctors failed to diagnose and treat an epidural abscess that resulted in sepsis. The woman delivered her second baby, and complained of back and abdominal pain three weeks later. She was evaluated by physicians at the hospital who did not complete a thorough medical examination despite her multiple visits in the emergency room. Just four days after her first emergency room visit, she was admitted at another hospital and diagnosed with sepsis. The following day, she went into cardiac arrest and failed to produce a pulse. Doctors attempted to resuscitate her, but were unable to do so.

August 2013

Free School Supplies Provided to Germantown Students
Students in Germantown will receive free school supplies courtesy of Messa & Associates, P.C., one of the area’s leading personal injury law firms.

The firm is hosting its 2013 Messa’s Back to School Bash on Thursday, August 29, 2013. The event will take place at the Boys and Girls Club located at 25 W. Penn Street in the Germantown section of Philadelphia from 2-5 p.m. Backpacks stuffed with free school supplies will be given to the first 1,000 students.

July 2013

$1.29 Million Settlement for Family of Mentally Disabled Man Killed After Being Left Unattended
Philadelphia personal injury attorneys resolved a case for $1.29 million involving the death of a 21-year-old mentally disabled man. The man’s family sought damages against a Bucks County residential care facility and its staff who were responsible for caring for his son on a 24-hour basis. His son was allowed to leave the facility unsupervised and was ultimately killed by police.

July 2013

$750,000 Verdict in Motor Vehicle Accident Case
A Camden County, N. J. jury verdict has awarded $750,000 in damages to a woman against Olivia Speakman.

Julia Pison was driving along Cooper Road in Voorhees, N.J. when her vehicle was struck by a vehicle owned by Sharon L. Dinardo. As a result of the violent collision, Julia suffered severe injuries that required immediate medical treatment. She was diagnosed with multiple injuries, including, posttraumatic brain injury with concussion syndrome; fracture of the left pelvic acetabulum, ischium, and lacerated spleen, multiple rib fractures, and cervical, dorsal, and lumbar strain and sprain; history of cervical degenerative disc and joint disease aggravated by motor vehicle accident; L5-S1 radiculopathy on the left with lumbar disc disease; median and ulnar decompression surgical procedures; left knee medial meniscal tear with joint effusion contributing to gait dysfunction initiated by pelvic trauma following motor vehicle accident; chronic dissection of the left common iliac vein with venous insufficiency and retrograde flow; gait, mobility and residual cognitive difficulties; and altered senses of taste and smell. Julia has undergone and continues to receive medical care for these conditions. She will require ongoing medical treatment going forward.

July 2013

$450,000 Verdict in SEPTA Accident Case
A Philadelphia jury verdict has awarded $450,000 in damages to a woman against Crystal’s Care Inc.

Mercedes Armstead was a rear seated passenger on a SEPTA bus which was struck by a small bus owned by Crystal’s Care. As a result of a small but sudden impact, Mercedes’ neck was caused to move awkwardly forward. Although she did not immediately feel any discomfort, she soon developed chronic neck pain which radiated into her right arm. Despite undergoing several months of physical therapy, Mercedes continued to suffer with this pain. She was ultimately diagnosed with cervical facet pain syndrome as a result of the accident, a chronic and insidious condition which affects the spine’s facet joints. Her pain syndrome was determined to be permanent and Mercedes will require pain management treatment well into the future.

July 2013

Philadelphia Attorney Eric H. Weitz Appointed to Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Board of Directors
Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney Eric H. Weitz of Messa & Associates, P.C. has been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. Attorney Weitz will work with fellow board members to develop programs and policies to reduce medical errors and increase patient safety in Pennsylvania. This is Attorney Weitz’ first appointment to the Authority.

May 2013

Messa & Associates Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers, Rising Stars and Top 100 Lists Firm Features Client Stories on “WhyMessa.com”
Philadelphia personal injury attorneys Messa & Associates, P.C. proudly announce that six of the firm’s attorneys have been selected to the 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list. Less than 5 percent of the attorneys in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. Two were selected as Top 100 in Philadelphia and Top 100 in Pennsylvania. Another Messa & Associates attorney was named to the Pennsylvania Rising Stars for 2013. The firm has also launched a new website – www.whymessa.com – in concert with the selections.

April 2013

Philadelphia Attorney Joseph L. Messa, Jr. Presents at AAOS Annual Meeting
Joseph L. Messa, Jr., founding attorney of Messa & Associates, P.C., contributed as a guest speaker at the 2013 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Chicago, last week. Mr. Messa’s presentation, entitled “Avoiding Malpractice: A Practical Guide to the Anatomy of a Lawsuit,” analyzed the process of evaluating and handling a medical malpractice case. He detailed the complete process using video clips and speaking about his personal courtroom experiences.

March 2013

Richard Heleniak Named To New Jersey Super Lawyers List
Messa & Associates, P.C. is pleased to announce that Richard J. Heleniak has been selected to the 2013 New Jersey Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the attorneys in the state are selected by Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

February 2013

Attorneys File Suit Against Messiah College for Three-Year Old Child Who Lost Her Eye on Early Learning Center Playground
Joseph L. Messa, Jr. and Thomas N. Sweeney of Philadelphia personal injury law firm Messa & Associates have filed a lawsuit against Messiah College. The suit alleges that then three-year-old Aubrey Cintron was injured on the playground at Messiah College Early Learning Center. Aubrey was running onto the playground when she ran into a latch that was sticking out of the gate on the playground impaling her right eye. The facility, despite knowing of the hazardous gate, failed to repair it creating a dangerous environment for the children at Messiah College Early Learning Center.

December 2012

Shari Larson Shares Her Experience on Panel for Pennsylvania Hospital’s Nursing Conference
Legal nurse consultant, Shari Larson, of Messa & Associates, P.C., served as a panelist at Pennsylvania Hospital’s 9th Annual Nursing Conference. Ms. Larson discussed her role as a legal nurse at the firm and answered questions along with other panel members, including Channel 6 Health reporter Ali Gorman.

December 2012

$5 Million Recovery for Slip and Fall Case
Personal injury attorneys, Joseph L. Messa, Jr. and Jenimae Almquist, of Messa & Associates, P.C. have resolved a premises liability case against an apartment complex and real estate management company for $5 Million, the firm announced today.

November 2012

Messa & Associates Announces New Northern New Jersey Location
Personal injury law firm Messa & Associates, P.C. announced the opening of a new office in Northern New Jersey today. The office is located at 520 West First Avenue in Roselle, N.J.

October 2012

Messa & Associates Educates Students About Fire Safety During Fire Safety Month “Nearly 500 Students to Receive Smoke Alarms,” Says Messa
Messa & Associates, P.C., one of the area’s leading personal injury law firms, is celebrating Fire Safety Month with students at Freire Charter Middle School. The firm will hold an event at Freire’s middle school campus on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 located at 1026 Market Street in Philadelphia to discuss fire prevention techniques with the students.

October 2012

Offices of Messa & Associates Featured as Part of CCRA’s Annual Fall Tour
Messa & Associates, one of the area’s leading personal injury law firms, was included in the Center City Residents’ Association’s 54th Annual Fall Tour on Sunday. The tour welcomed guests to look inside some of the most unique homes, workplaces and gardens in Center City Philadelphia.

October 2012

Philadelphia Attorney Joseph L. Messa, Jr. Speaks at The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals Annual Education Conference
Joseph L. Messa, Jr., founding attorney of Messa & Associates, P.C., and Catherine B. Steffa presented at The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals’ Annual Education Conference at Loews Hotel in Philadelphia last Friday morning.

October 2012

$2+ Million Verdict Affirmed by Pennsylvania Superior Court Family of Hyseem Jacobs to Receive Damages
On October 5, 2012, the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the unanimous jury verdict awarding damages of $2,154,583.00 to the family of Hyseem Jacobs, who was injured at the time of his birth at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on March 22, 2006.

August 2012

Attorney Joseph L. Messa, Jr. Named Among New Jersey’s Top Rated Lawyers
Joseph L. Messa, Jr., founding attorney of Messa & Associates, P.C., has been named to the Top Rated Lawyers in New Jersey list for 2012. Mr. Messa was selected as a leading attorney in the medical malpractice and personal injury fields, areas where he has more than 20 years of experience representing plaintiffs in cases against doctors, hospitals, medical practice groups, nursing and homes as well as other personal injury defendants.

July 2012

Philadelphia Attorney Thomas N. Sweeney Appointed to Pennsylvania Association for Justice Board of Governors
Attorney Thomas N. Sweeney of Messa & Associates, P.C. has been appointed to the Board of Governors for the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. Mr. Sweeney will serve a one-year term on the Board of Governors. The Pennsylvania Association of Justice was created to uphold and defend the Pennsylvania legal system.

July 2012

Messa & Associates Files Second Lawsuit Against Johnson & Johnson Tainted Tylenol Caused Death of Two-Week-Old Infant
Johnson & Johnson, its subsidiary companies and key executives have been sued in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas for the death of a two-week-old infant, Tracen Sherfey, after he ingested recalled Infant’s Tylenol. The company, despite knowing of manufacturing problems with the drug, did not issue a comprehensive and wide-spread recall of the product and repeatedly downplayed any health risks in hearings before United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Philadelphia-based law firm of Messa & Associates, P.C. filed the suit on behalf of Tracen’s parents, Stacy and Neil.

May 2012

Messa & Associates Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers, Rising Stars and Top 100 Lists
Five Messa & Associates, P.C. attorneys have been selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list as top attorneys in Pennsylvania for 2012. Less than 5 percent of the attorneys in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. Two were selected as Top 100 in Philadelphia and Top 100 in Pennsylvania. Another Messa & Associates attorney was named a Pennsylvania Rising Star for 2012. The firm has also launched a new website – www.whymessa.com – in concert with the selections.

May 2012

Philadelphia Attorney Joseph L. Messa, Jr. Presents as Part of Pennsylvania Bar Institute Continuing Legal Education Course.
Joseph L. Messa, Jr., founding attorney of Messa & Associates, P.C., participated in the “Fundamentals of Personal Injury” CLE course as a faculty member earlier this week. The course, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) and the Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation Section, offered training in skills related to successfully handling a personal injury case.

February 2012

Philadelphia Attorney Joseph L. Messa, Jr. Addresses Orthopaedic Surgeons at their Annual Meeting
Mr. Messa’s presentation focused on patient safety related lawsuits and the process of handling a medical malpractice case from the beginning phases until its conclusion.

February 2012

Philadelphia Attorney Eric H. Weitz Elected to Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors
Mr. Weitz will serve a three-year term on the Board of Governors, working with the Chancellor and fellow Governors to establish official policy for the Philadelphia Bar Association and provide guidance to the overall legal system.

January 2012

Messa & Associates Adding to New Jersey Practice with John Mininno Joining the Firm as Of Counsel
Center City based law firm Messa & Associates, P.C. has merged with Mininno Law Office effective immediately, the two firms have announced. The firm will continue under the name Messa & Associates, P.C. with John Mininno, Esq. joining as Counsel to the firm.

January 2012

Messa & Associates Files Lawsuit in Tylenol Recall Case that Killed Toddler
Johnson & Johnson, key executives and subsidiary companies have been sued in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas for the death of a two-year old boy, River Moore, after he ingested tainted Children’s Tylenol.  The company, despite knowing of the problem with the manufacture of the drug, did not issue a comprehensive and wide-spread recall of the product and repeatedly downplayed any risks even after hearings before House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  Philadelphia-based law firm of Messa & Associates, P.C. filed the suit on behalf of River’s parents, Daniel and Katy.

December 2011

Messa & Associates Gives Back for the Holidays
The attorneys and staff at Messa and Associates, P.C. partnered with the Salvation Army for their Angel Tree program. Angel Tree provides gifts to underprivileged children in the Philadelphia area whose families demonstrate a need for assistance in making their holiday wishes come true. This year, we sponsored two families with children from ages 14 months to 12 years old.

December 2011

Messa & Associates Rolls Out Spanish Website
Messa and Associates, P.C. has launched a new Spanish language website. The website, www.messalaw.com/es, is designed to help us meet the needs of our Spanish-speaking clients.

November 2011

Attorney Jenimae Almquist Joins Messa and Associates, P.C.
Messa and Associates, P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of Jenimae Almquist, Esquire to the firm. She will join the firm and continue her practice in complex personal injury litigation representing victims of catastrophic accidents, explosions, medical malpractice and pharmaceutical products liability, as well as burn victims and individuals who have been harmed by defective products.

October 2011

Attorney Joseph L. Messa, Jr. Named Top 100 Trial Lawyer for Pennsylvania
Messa and Associates, P.C. is pleased to announce that founding attorney Joseph L. Messa, Jr. has been named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer for the state of Pennsylvania by The National Trial Lawyers.

October 2011

$2+ Million Unanimous Verdict Upheld
A unanimous jury verdict awarding $2,154,583.73 in damages to the family of a child who sustained a devastating brain injury just before his delayed delivery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

September 2011

Verdict for Family of Man Injured in Alcohol-Related Crash
A Gloucester County court returned a verdict awarding damages of $561,000 to the family of Edwin Wilson against Defendant, Starting Gate Lounge. The Plaintiff was involved in a motor vehicle accident after being served alcohol at an excessive level while a patron at the Defendant’s bar.

June 2011

Messa and Associates, P.C. Adds Attorney Eric H. Weitz
Messa and Associates, P.C., is pleased to announce the addition of Eric H. Weitz, Esquire to the firm. He will join the firm and continue his practice with a focus on representing clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries arising out of a variety of matters including medical negligence, automobile and trucking accidents, construction accidents, defective premises and insurance bad faith.

May 2011

More Than Half of Messa & Associates Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers List
Four Messa & Associates attorneys have been selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list as top attorneys in Pennsylvania for 2011. Less than 5 percent of the attorneys in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. Another Messa & Associates attorney was named a Pennsylvania Rising Star for 2011.

April 2011

Judge Rules Drug Manufacturer Can be Held Liable for Punitive Damages in Wolfe Case
Philadelphia (April 2011) – Senior U.S. District Judge Jan E. DuBois has ruled that McNeil-PPC Inc. may be held liable for punitive damages because evidence suggests the drugmaker withheld information.

March 2011

$950,000 Recovery for a Medical Malpractice Case
$950,000 recovery for the family of a woman whose nasogastric suction tube was wrongly hooked up to her hospital room’s oxygen on a high liter flow.

March 2011

$1.375 Million Settlement for a Construction Accident
$1.375 Million settlement for a construction accident, which resulted in multiple serious injuries. The plaintiff was performing field work including site surveys to supply a propane tank and run the gas pipe at an Earthgro facility. In order to complete the job, the plaintiff needed to be elevated in a man cage attached to a fork lift.

February 15, 2011

$2+ Million Unanimous Verdict
A Philadelphia jury yesterday returned a unanimous verdict awarding damages of $2,154,583.73 to the family of Hyseem Jacobs against Defendants, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Peter Chen, M.D.

February 2011

Joe Messa, Client Speak about Carnez Boone Case
The Philadelphia Daily News spoke to Okita Allen, the mother of Carnez Boone, as well as Philadelphia personal injury attorney Joseph L. Messa about the pending lawsuit filed after the 14-year-old teen drowned in a lake at Lakeside Park in Stoneboro last summer.

January 2011

Messa & Associates One of Newsweek’s “Top Attorneys in Pennsylvania
Messa & Associates, P.C. was featured in the January 3, 2011 issue of Newsweek.  Listed under the Top Attorneys in Pennsylvania section, the firm was included in a special feature highlighting lawyers who are among the best.

December 2010

Messa & Associates Joins Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family
As part of the firm’s mission to help the local community, the staff at Messa & Associates has adopted a family for the holidays.

November 2010

Messa & Associates Donates to Tons of Turkeys
As part of the firm’s mission to help the local community, Messa & Associates made a donation to Tons of Turkeys.

November 2010

Joe Messa Recognized by Suburban Life Readers
This year, Joe Messa was recognized as a Readers’ Choice Top Attorney in Malpractice Law.

November 2010

$885,000 settlement for a trucking accident
$885,000 settlement for a trucking accident, which resulted in multiple serious injuries.

September 21, 2010

New Attorney: A. Christine Giordano
Messa & Associates is proud to announce the recent addition of Ms. A. Christine Giordano, BSN, JD to our firm.

August 12, 2010

Messa & Associates Retained in Tragic Drowning Case
Messa & Associates has recently been retained to represent a Delaware County family whose 14 year-old son, Carnez Boone, tragically drowned at Stoneboro Lake during a YES Academy field trip.

June 10, 2010

$1,300,000.00 Settlement in Negligent Security Case
$1,300,000.00 settlement for the assault of a building occupant due to negligent security services provided by a property management company and security provider.

June 10, 2010

$700,000 settlement for Negligent Inpatient Care
$700,000 settlement for a man against several Defendants for negligence in failing to prevent, treat, and recognize a developing decubitus ulcer in Plaintiff’s sacrum during inpatient care. Plaintiff was previously paralyzed as a result of an unrelated motor vehicle accident.

April 16, 2010

$2.5 Million Settlement for Trucking Accident Case
Philadelphia attorney, Joseph L. Messa Jr., of Messa & Associates, P.C., reached a $2.5 million settlement for client Samuel Ofei, age 54, during a mediation before Ron Sherr of ADR Options.

March 15, 2010

Joseph L. Messa at American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Annual Conference
Founding attorney, Joseph L. Messa, Jr. of Messa & Associates, P.C., recently took part in a symposium at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) annual conference in New Orleans, La.

March 4, 2010

Philadelphia Jury Awards Plaintiff $954,000.00 in Slip and Fall Case
Philadelphia attorney Joseph L. Messa Jr. of Messa & Associates, P.C., represented Sam Agresta, who was injured in a slip and fall at the Springton Pointe Condominium Association, located in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. On March 2, 2006, Mr. Agresta fell on the icy common area of the community property in front of his home.

February 23, 2010

They Knew and Failed To
America has witnessed major recalls over the years from a variety of companies who specialize in the upkeep of family homes, health, and safety. In the report “They Knew and Failed to…” from the U.S. Chambers Institute for Legal Reform, informs the public of a variety of corporations such as GlaxoSmithKline and Chiron, who knew that their products were dangerous, but failed to inform the public due to expenses.

January 5, 2010

Messa & Associates, “Philadelphia’s Finest Attorneys”, Featured in Newsweek
Messa & Associates, P.C., was featured in the special 2009 year-end issue of the national magazine, Newsweek…more

October 12, 2009

A jury awarded over $435,000 against the University of Pennsylvania to Mr. Frank Reynolds.
A jury awarded over $435,000 against the University of Pennsylvania to Mr. Frank Reynolds, in a case involving breach of contract and violations of the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law….more

September 15, 2009

Messa & Associates Published in National Magazine
Philadelphia’s very own Joseph L. Messa, founder of law firm Messa & Associates, was recently quoted in the September issue of Money Magazine…more

August 15, 2009

$5.75 Million Settlement for the Death of a Toddler at Local Day-Care Center
$5.75 million settlement for wrongful death of a two-year old at a Philadelphia daycare center.

July 30, 2009

Trial Begins Monday for the Death of Toddler at Local Day-Care Center
Monday, August 3, 2009, begins the trial of two-year old Shahadah Bell who lost her life as a result of not being properly supervised at Brightside Academy, Philadelphia’s largest daycare provider.

July 2009

PHILADELPHIA VA MEDICAL CENTER, AND UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA HEALTH SYSTEM, UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR BOTCHED TREATMENTS
Dr. Gary D. Kao has been accused of giving the wrong radiation dose to dozens of prostate-cancer patients at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. The U.S. Senate hearing began yesterday, June 29, 2009.

May 2009

Attorneys For Victims Of Cement Truck Rollover Accident I-26 At College Park Road
On May 12, 2008, Marcushire “Cushire” Akabi-Davis entered I-26 eastbound toward Charleston from College Park Road with her mother and twin sister traveling as passengers when her vehicle was struck by a fully loaded cement truck.

April 2009

Pistachio Recall
According to the FDA.gov, the FDA and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are investigating Salmonella contamination in pistachio products sold by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc, Calif.

January 26, 2009

Over-the-Counter-Children’s Motrin Causes Liver Failure in Little Girl
Little Girl in Need of a Second Liver Transplant Remains on Waiting List After Pediatrician Prescribed Over-the-Counter Motrin to Treat a Virus

November 10, 2008

Woman’s Life Spared By Misfire Of Gun By Roommates Boyfriend
Gun Aimed at Woman’s Head Misfired Twice before finally going off: Man takes his own life inside Residence of Girlfriend

October 30, 2008

Messa & Associates Recovers $2.75 Million For Sixty-Four Year Old Man Permanently Injured In Motorcycle Accident
Plaintiff Underwent Three Surgeries and Two Years of Rehabilitation Due to Negligence of Lex Electric Co., Inc.’s Truck Driver

October 1, 2008

Messa & Associates Is Pleased To Announce The Recent Addition Of Thomas N. Sweeney, Esq To The Firm
Messa & Associates is happy to announce that Thomas N. Sweeney, ESQ has joined its team of trial council. Mr. Sweeney has practiced in both state and federal courts, as well as represented clients before the American Arbitration Association. His practice focus is on complex personal injury cases including toxic tort, medical malpractice, premises liability, products liability, and other catastrophic injury cases.

July 24, 2008

Nationwide Federal Class-Action Lawsuit Regarding the Drug Digitek
On April 8th 2008, the FDA announced a Class-1 Recall of lots of Bertek and UDL Laboratories Digitek Tablets Manufactured and Distributed by Generic Drug-Maker Actavis and Mylan Pharmaceuticals because tablets may contain up to DOUBLE the dose of the drug Digoxin.

July 08, 2008

New Attorney: Richard J. Heleniak
Messa & Associates is proud to announce the recent addition of Mr. Richard J. Heleniak Esq. to our firm.

May 22, 2008

JOSEPH L. MESSA, JR. INDUCTED INTO THE VERDICT CLUB
Premier litigators group honors Messa for million-dollar awards

March, 2002

Tractor Trailer Accident Leaves Driver a Quadriplegic
Joseph L. Messa, Jr. of Messa & Associates was successful in having the Superior Court of Pennsylvania over reverse order by the trial court…

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