Settlements & Verdicts

$120 Million Products Liability Settlement | Bone screws used in spinal fusions procedures break after implantation.
$35 Million Work Injury Verdict | Tractor-trailer driver becomes paralyzed when his brakes and seat-belt fail.
$28.7 Million Motor Vehicle Accident Verdict | A child is rendered a paraplegic in a motor vehicle accident.
$18.5 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement | Man loses all four limbs to amputation after failure to diagnose and treat infection.
$16.5 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict | A seven-year-old suffered when his surgeon failed to investigate his correctable heart condition.
$12.9 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement | Young girl suffers severe and permanent brain damage after failure to recognize respiratory distress.
$12.26 Medical Malpractice Verdict | A truck driver’s spine was severely damaged by infection.
$10.9 Million Products Liability Verdict | Young mother gives birth to a child with birth defects as a result of her Topamax prescription.
$10 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict | An unapproved medical device implanted in a man’s spine.
$8 Million Products Liability Settlement | 7 year-old killed in a fire caused by a defective curling iron and defective power strip.
$6.9 Million Motor Vehicle Settlement | Motorcyclist permanently injured in collision.
$6.1 Million Premises Liability Settlement | A 3 year-old girl lost her eye after it was impaled by a gate latch in disrepair.
$5.75 Million Wrongful Death Settlement | A two-year-old girl died at a Philadelphia daycare center.
$5.2 Million Motor Vehicle Accident settlement | Pedestrian run down by a garbage truck.


  • medical malpractice
  • products liability
  • motor vehicle accidents
  • work related injuries
  • wrongful death
  • injuries to children
  • premises liability 
  • fires, burns, explosions
  • pharmaceutical injuries
  • nursing home abuse 
  • alcohol related injuries
  • consumer rights 
  • toxic substance injury
  • negligent security 
  • Wage and Hour
  • RAILROAD/F.E.L.A.

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  • An eight-figure products liability settlement against a leading smoke detector manufacturer and major mobile home company where a family of seven perished in a fire. The victims, including five children ages four to eleven, suffered severe burns and smoke inhalation causing their deaths. The victims’ mobile home came equipped with smoke detectors with ionization technology which failed to provide a timely warning of, what the Pennsylvania State Police investigators determined, was a slow and smoldering fire.

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  • Seven-figure settlement in a products liability and motor vehicle accident case resulting in the deaths of a mother and a teenage girl when a cement truck crashed into the family vehicle at an excessive rate of speed. The women survived the impact from the truck, but ultimately died when the concrete mixer truck rolled over on top of the car and discharged thousands of pounds of concrete onto them, suffocating them as they remained trapped in the vehicle’s front seat. The cement mixer truck was defectively designed in various ways, including a high center of gravity that increased the risk of rollover. The concrete mixer truck was also not equipped with safety devices to prevent the contents of the truck from spilling in the event of a rollover. The Defendants made no material changes to the truck design since its original manufacture in the 1970’s, and continued to replicate its dangerous design, despite tremendous advances in technology over the past 40 years to prevent rollovers like the one that ultimately occurred.

Perez, Estate of Yesenia v. Joseph Smentkowski, Inc., et. al.

  • $1.5 Million recovery on behalf of the Estate of a 20 year-old woman who was killed after being run over in the street by a garbage truck. Lawyers for the defendants tried to dispute liability, blaming the young woman for her own death by arguing that she was not in the crosswalk, was dressed in black, and was wearing ear buds, but attorneys Messa and Almquist garnered compelling evidence of systemic failures of the garbage truck company that prompted the defendants to settle for $1.5 Million.

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  • $8.5 Million recovery for the family of a 30-year-old mother who died following the birth of her daughter as a result of negligent treatment of a postpartum hemorrhage.

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  • $8 Million  settlement for the family of a seven year-old girl who was killed in a fire caused by a defective curling iron that lacked proper safety precautions to prevent a fire from occurring. The curling iron was plugged into a defective power strip that lacked an industry standard fuse that would have disabled the power running to the curling iron in the event of a short. 

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  • $6 Million settlement against two hospitals, three physicians, and three nurses for a 48 year-old woman who died prematurely because of a delay in diagnosis and treatment of a rare blood disorder, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura ("TTP"). The allegations of the lawsuit included the failure to timely administer lifesaving blood products and plasma exchange therapy and miscommunications about transfer to an institution that could definitively treat the patient. 
  • $6 Million

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  • $5.25 Million  settlement against a popular manufacturer and retailer of smoke detectors on behalf of the family of a grandmother and her toddler grandaughter who perished in a fire after four ionization smoke detectors failed to detect a growing fire in their two-story home. 

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  • $3.7 Million for death of a nine-year-old boy as a result of a fire in an apartment building.

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  • $2.3 Million recovery for a claim against doctors who failed to diagnose a brain aneurysm on an MRI which ruptured, causing the death of a young woman. 


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  • $2 Million settlement for a medical malpractice case involving a mother of two who died 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.

    An autopsy ruled that the cause of her death was sepsis. The woman was 18-years-old at the time of her death, and a mother to her one-month-old baby girl and another toddler girl.

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  • $1.9 Million settlement for the family of an underage man killed in a motor vehicle accident after he and he friends were served at a bar, and then left intoxicated. Isaiah was a passenger in his friend’s car. His friend was also intoxicated and lost control of the car while travelling at a high rate of speed in an attempt to evade police officers who were trying to pull the vehicle over. The car hit a tree and Isaiah was killed.

GODINEZ V. ST. JOSEPH’S HOSPITAL


  • $1.75 Million verdict for the death of a one-day-old child.

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  • $1.7 Million recovery for the family of a woman whose mole removal was never followed up with a pathology evaluation, resulting in delayed diagnosis and treatment of malignant melanoma and eventual metastasis and death.

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  • $1.5 Million total settlement in defective smoke alarm that didn’t sound, resulting in death of a child in Gloucester County, New Jersey.

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  • $1 Million settlement on behalf of the Estate of a 24-year-old man who died as a result of a failure to diagnose an treat a pneumococcal infection (pneumonia) in the Emergency Department of a New Jersey hospital.

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  • $1 Million medical malpractice settlement against a prominent health system in Pennsylvania for the death of a wife and mother of three adult children after an aortic valve replacement procedure. Though the procedure was successful, premature extubation post-surgery led to to the patient's tragic and untimely demise. 

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  • $900,000 settlement for a Philadelphia County wrongful death action on behalf of the family of a woman died as a result of hospital negligence.

    The 53-year-old woman had a history of mental illness, including schizophrenia and was severely obese weighing approximately 450 lbs. She had a psychiatric crisis and was taken to the Emergency Room for treatment. Upon being examined, she was admitted to the hospital because of underlying respiratory issue which included shortness of breath. After being intubated, she became agitated and began pulling on the trach. The nursing staff noted the change in her behavior, but assumed that she was just trying to get attention and failed to realize that her actions were a result of her lack of oxygen to her brain. The woman continued to pull on the trach until it came out. She was not intubated quickly enough after that and died as a result.