The Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers at Messa & Associates concentrate on medical malpractice cases that result in substantial personal injury or death. Over the years, our Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys have represented individuals in cases against doctors, hospitals medical practice groups, and nursing homes.
The Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers of Messa & Associates litigate Pennsylvania and New Jersey medical malpractice cases involving birth-related injuries such as cerebral palsy and shoulder dystocia, delayed diagnosis of cancer, spinal cord injuries, hospital-acquired infections, brain injury, stroke, and an array of other cases involving medical errors resulting in injury.
Our Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Attorneys Have Access to Financial & Expert Resources
The Messa & Associates law firm and its team of respected Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers are known for their medical expertise, The firm has a wide network of respected physicians and university professors to call upon as medical experts, both for purpose of evaluating the viability of a medical malpractice case, and for testifying in court. In addition, Messa & Associates has a physician and nurse on staff to assure knowledgeable research and representation at all stages of Pennsylvania & New Jersey medical negligence cases. Moreover, our law firm has the financial resources necessary for our Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys to litigate the most complicated and expensive medical malpractice cases.
Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers with the expertise and knowledge that is required to get the results you need are available at Messa & Associates. A toll-free number is provided for you to set up a free and confidential consultation regarding all aspects of your or your loved one’s injury. Don’t be overwhelmed by the battle for your rights. Contact our office today to speak with one of our compassionate, attentive and aggressive Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers prepared to battle for you. Call today.
Medical malpractice has the capacity for catastrophe. Lives are often irreversibly changed by medical negligence and, most of the time, victims and their families are neither equipped nor prepared to handle the new challenges they are forced to face. As Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers, Joe Messa and his outstanding team of lawyers are proud of the tremendous verdicts they have been able to attain for their victimized clients. Because medical negligence can so drastically change lives, Joe Messa believes that it is his duty, and the duty of all medical malpractice attorneys, to fight for his clients and restore a balance to their lives. Below are the stories of how the lives of a few of the firm’s clients improved after suffering devastating injuries as a result of medical malpractice.
These successes are just a small selection of the triumphs of the Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers at Messa & Associates.
- Shuster v. Ponzio
A New Jersey truck driver, William Schuster, was forced to stop working after 12 surgical procedures failed to repair the injuries he sustained in a work accident five years earlier. One of those procedures, a spinal fusion, involved the insertion of medal screws into his spine. Those screws became infected, causing irreversible damage to the man’s spinal cord. Because the healthcare professionals responsible for Mr. Schuster’s well-being failed to take the safe and required precautions to prevent infection, a jury found them liable for his damages. Mr. Schuster’s primary care physician and infection control specialist, in addition to two other treating physicians, compensated him with the $12.1 million jury verdict.
Birth injuries and birth defects are also a form of medical malpractice. Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers at Messa & Associates have handled many of these cases, including a verdict in the amount of $8.6 millon for a child born with Cerebral Palsy. Birth traumas, such as the unnecessary, negligent, or excessive use of forceps on a baby’s skull, delays in performing necessary cesarean sections, or failing to help hypoxic babies, can result in neurological damage to the brain and other appendages. Infant neglect by hospital staff has been known to cause severe brain damage in a newborn. Errors during obstetrical deliveries and neo-natal care that result in Cerebral Palsy diagnoses often also result in medical malpractice lawsuits against Pennsylvania and New Jersey physicians and hospitals.
Negligent treatment of a postpartum hemorrhage led to the death of a 30-year-old mother. Defendants neglected to diagnose, treat, and care for this young woman following the delivery of her daughter on January 29, 2004, which led to her premature death on February 11, 2004. She complained of pain, dizziness, and continued to hemorrhage and show signs of respiratory failure, yet the defendants failed to provide her prompt treatment. Her husband now cares for their daughter alone. An $8.5 Million recovery was attained with the help of Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers from Messa & Associates.
A vibrant 46-year-old woman was left in a vegetative coma after an unnecessary procedure caused a massive brain hemorrhage and resulted in irreversible brain damage. Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys at Messa & Associates reached a settlement with the negligent parties in the amount of $6.5 million. This sort of medical malpractice action can arise from many types of violations of patient safety rules, such as obtaining patient consent without properly informing that patient of a procedure’s risks. In this case, that careless and irresponsible act allowed a woman to die after spending two undignified years on a ventilator and feeding tubes.
How Do I Know It's Medical Malpractice?
Negligence is the key to deciding whether a tragic violation of the patient safety rules/standard of care rises to the level of medical malpractice. A Philadelphia physician might prescribe too much medicine to a patient, or perhaps prescribe a medication that dangerously interacts with a drug the patient is already taking. Also, a Philadelphia healthcare professional may fail to recognize the signs that a patient is having an adverse reaction to a prescribed medication. If negligence is proved, a medical malpractice recovery is warranted.
The Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys at Messa & Associates have successfully litigated or settled a number of medical malpractice cases stemming from countless violations of the patient safety rules, as well as cases stemming from errors or incidents of professional negligence in hospital emergency rooms. What is professional negligence in an ER? A doctor fails to diagnose a heart attack by neglecting to order a blood test or an EKG (electrocardiogram), either of which will reveal a heart attack. That doctor then discharges the ER patient with no conclusive evidence that a heart attack did not or was not occurring. ER attendants completely miss signs of bacterial meningitis, discharging a patient with a stomach virus. If that patient dies of the disease, the hospital and the doctors responsible for that patient are liable.
Sometimes medical malpractice extends over a period of years. For instance, Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers at Messa & Associates secured settlements in cases involving the delayed diagnosis and treatment of HIV and AIDS. In one case, a man died after displaying symptoms of the disease such as swollen glands, weight loss, and other immune-related disorders. The man had a negative result for HIV after a needle-stick exposure at his workplace a decade before his death. Unfortunately, his doctor negligently failed to repeat the test, despite clear warning signals, until it was too late to treat with antiretroviral medication leading to premature death.
I Believe My Doctor Acted Negligently,
What Do I Do Now?
Medical malpractice arises from many different circumstances, and it is sometimes difficult for a devastated person or persons to recognize the signs. It may take the experience and skill of a Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer from the law firm of Messa & Associates to investigate aggressively to find potential underlying or secondary causes of harm.
The Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys from Messa & Associates will be able to examine the facts of your case and determine whether or not your medical providers should be held accountable for their mistakes. If you have a question regarding medical treatment you have received, contact a Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney at Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call, toll-free, 1-877-MessaLaw (637-7252), or submit a free online inquiry form.