Mininno Law Office Merges with Messa & Associates

Messa & Associates, P.C.

Mininno Law Office Merges with Messa & Associates

PHILADELPHIA (January 14, 2012): 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.

Joseph L. Messa, Jr., founding partner of Messa & Associates, said: “We are pleased to welcome John and join our resources in order to provide our personal injury clients with an even better experience as they cope with devastating, life-changing injuries and losses. John’s reputation, trial skills and dedication to clients are well known in New Jersey and we look forward to joining with John to serve this community.”

The firm will continue to focus on catastrophic injury cases, including workplace injuries, products liability cases, construction injuries, failure to diagnose matters, birth injuries, brain injuries, and motor vehicle accidents. Mr. Mininno’s Collingswood, N. J. office will remain open to serve clients in the South Jersey area. As a New Jersey Certified Civil Trial attorney, John and the firm will continue to accept referrals of these catastrophic cases from law firms throughout New Jersey who are then permitted to receive a referral fee upon a successful recovery.

In addition to the Collingswood office, Messa & Associates will continue to maintain its other office locations throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey in Northwest Philadelphia; Conshohocken, Pa.; Downingtown, Pa.; Cherry Hill, N.J. and Linwood, N.J.

About Messa & Associates, P.C.

Messa & Associates P.C., represents individuals and their families in complex personal injury matters, including catastrophic injury, medical malpractice, products liability, motor vehicle accidents, fires and explosions. Our attorneys serve Pennsylvania clients throughout the state, including in Philadelphia and other surrounding communities in Montgomery County, Chester County, Delaware County, and Bucks County. Messa & Associates are also proud to serve New Jersey clients throughout that state, and also litigate selected cases throughout the country.


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Birth Defects: How Do Cleft Lips and Cleft Palates Form?

Many birth defects and injuries can be attributed to medical negligence. Doctors may fail to act quickly or properly in dire situations, and a child will remain affected for the rest of his or her life. Other birth defects, however, occur in the womb, and are in no way attributed to medical malpractice or negligence. These defects normally have internal and external factors that play into their development. Cleft lips and cleft palates are one of these birth defects. They do not occur because of negligent medical providers, but because of varying internal and external players, some of which, we do have control over.

Causes of Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

new jersey philadelphia birth defects lawyers cleft lip palate formationAn infant’s face and skull form within the womb during the first trimester. Normally, the tissues that make up the hard palate (roof of the mouth) and the lip fuse together. When they do not, a hole or opening forms. This hole/opening is known as a cleft.

Internally, genetics can play a big part in the development of a cleft lip or cleft palate. These genes can cause an isolated incidence of cleft, or they could be part of another syndrome whose symptoms or side effects include clefts. Often, a child inherits genes that increase the likelihood of developing a cleft, and then environmental factors trigger it’s formation.

Externally, a mother’s environment can determine whether or not a cleft will form. Fetuses exposed to alcohol, illicit drugs, cigarette smoke, and certain infections, are more likely to develop a cleft lip or cleft palate. Recently, it has also been revealed that the anti-epileptic drug Topamax, used to treat migraines as well as seizures associated with epilepsy, can increase the risk of cleft development when taken during pregnancy.

Birth Defects Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If your child has suffered from a birth injury or birth defect, you probably have a list of questions about your rights and the rights of your child, especially if that birth defect is a cleft lip or cleft palate that you believe is associated with your use of Topamax during pregnancy. Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Medical Malpractice Verdict of $22.6 Million for Cincinnati Family

A Cincinnati family was recently awarded $22.6 million for medical malpractice that resulted in birth injuries and permanent defects.

Negligent Delivery Room Practices Caused Irreversible Defects

Heather Grow was about to give birth to her first child. During her pregnancy, she was told that she had a narrow pelvic arch, which meant there was a likelihood that a vaginal birth would not be possible.

new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys big verdict cincinnati familyOn the day of her daughter Cassie’s birth, Dr. Lisa Yang and her colleagues administered drugs and forced the kind of birth deemed nearly impossible early on in Heather’s pregnancy. The drugs administered were supposed to assist the uterus in contracting, and eventually the baby would be expelled. However, because of her mother’s condition, and because of Cassie’s size, which the doctors failed to consider, Cassie’s head became stuck.

After 14 hours of labor, Cassie was finally born by Caesarian Section, but with permanent brain damage. Cassie, now 11, is a spastic quadriplegic, and has limited use of her limbs. The money from the settlement will towards future medical bills, pain and suffering, and Cassie’s future inability to perform normal, daily activities.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

Cassie’s parents will have to provide her special and constant care for the rest of her life. She is indeed and special and beautiful child, as all children are, but the kind of care she will require is far more involved than with healthy children. And Cassie will never be able to live a normal life. Dr. Yang’s negligence in the face of clear obstacles is just confusing. Why wait 14 hours to perform a C-Section when it was determined months before that it could possibly be necessary?

If your child is the victim of medical malpractice and birth injuries, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Let the birth injuries lawyers at the Mininno Law Office earn you and your family the full and fair compensation you need and deserve.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers Win $3 Million Verdict in New York

A New york Jury has recently awarded a $3 million verdict to 18 year old Marlayna Kineke, a young woman who suffered a serious brain injury due to medical malpractice during her childbirth 18 years ago.

Negligent Doctor Causes Permanent Injury

new jersey philadelphia Medical malpractice lawyers big verdict new yorkDr. Stephen Serlin was summoned at 5am on February 24th, 1993 to perform an emergency C-section for Marlayna’s mother, Dawn Kineke. He did not arrive at the hospital until 7am, and the procedure didn’t begin until 8:14am. In that time, Marlayna suffered fetal asphyxia from umbilical cord compression within the womb, which caused cerebral palsy and a host of additional developmental issues.

Serlin ordered the C-Section the day before, February 24th, after labor was ineffectively induced. However, he and his mid-wife left the hospital for more than four hours, which is against hospital policy, especially while they had a patient in a certain level of distress.

The verdict is meant to cover pain and suffering, medical bills, and rehab costs, and the remainder will be placed in trust and used for Marlayna’s care. “It sounds like a lot of money, but it has to pay for her care for the rest of her life,” her attorney said.

Serlin’s insurance company can cover $2 million, and he may have to pay the Kineke’s $1 million on his own.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

Marlayna’s life was forever effected when Dr. Serlin negligently delayed her delivery. Had Dawn not waited so long for the procedure, perhaps fetal asphyxia would never have affected Marlayna’s brain. She will need to receive special care for the rest of her life, care that is not cheap.

If you or a loved one are victims of medical malpractice or negligence, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Let the medical malpractice lawyers at the Mininno Law Office earn you the full and fair compensation you need and deserve.

Birth Injuries Caused by Shoulder Dystocia

Birth defects or injuries are devastating to parents and families, especially when these injuries are caused by operating room negligence or poor judgement on a doctor’s part. Birth injury lawyers are sometimes needed to gain the compensation necessary to pay for the treatment a child will have to receive for life after a birth injury.

Birth Injury Lawyers Warn About Shoulder Dystocia

Shoulder Dystocia causes very a traumatic birthing process for both mother and child. Shoulder Dystocia occurs when the anterior shoulder gets stuck behind the mother’s pelvic bone after the baby’s head enters the birth canal. There are risks for serious birth injuries to the baby when Shoulder Dystocia occurs, but there are prevalent warning signs to help the doctor predict when it could happen. new jersey philadelphia birth injury lawyers shoulder dystociaThere are also strategies to employ once healthcare professionals realize shoulder dystocia is occurring during the birth process.

There are many birth injuries that arise from shoulder dystocia. The major complications happen when the upper brachial plexus nerves of the baby are damaged from excess stress during labor. This excess stress may tear the nerve roots out from the neonatal spinal column, resulting in Klumpke Paralysis or Erb’s Palsy. Klumpke Paralysis (or Klumpke Palsy) is paralysis to the muscles of the forearm and hand and Erb’s palsy is a paralysis of the arm. The baby could also suffer death or brain damage from fetal hypoxia, which is the deprivation of sufficient oxygen supply resulting from compression of the umbilical cord within the birth canal. The injury risks are not limited to the baby alone since the mother may experience maternal post partum hemorrhage, which is internal bleeding from the added stress during delivery.

Birth Injury Lawyers Stress Prevention

Doctors must recognize the warning signs for shoulder dystocia to prevent a difficult labor and the serious birth injuries that it can cause. The warning signs include a large baby, delivery after the baby’s due date, mother’s who have had shoulder dystocia or a very large baby in a past delivery, and mother’s with gestational diabetes. The doctor must be quick to notice signs of shoulder dystocia during labor so excessive force is not used which could lead to birth injury. There are number of methods available to doctor delivering a baby with shoulder dystocia, and those methods should be utilized to prevent potentially fatal birth injuries.

Birth Injury Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you are the parent of a child who suffers from the effects of a birth injury, and you believe that injury may have been caused by delivery room negligence, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. Our birth injury lawyers are skilled in warning the full and fair compensation needed to pay for the expensive medical needs of a child living with the effects of a birth injury. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Let the team at the Mininno Law Office earn you the compensation you need and deserve.

Expectant Mothers Beware– New Studies Show Premature Births Linked to Increased Childhood Death Rates and Barrenness

The Journal of the American Medical Association released a study which found that premature children have higher death rates during childhood, and these risks continue to increase with age. In addition, the study showed that these preemies were more likely to be childless in adulthood.

The study followed 1.2 million Norwegian’s births over many decades. More than 60,000 of these Norwegian children were born premature. These findings emphasize the importance in preventing premature birth. Dr. Alan Fleishman of the March of Dimes states that “in the United States, there is an epidemic of pre-term birth, and prevention is absolutely critical. ” Research shows that the prevention of premature birth includes hormone treatment for women with a history of premature delivery, prenatal care and nutrition, and careful OB/GYN monitoring of patients. In addition, doctors should avoid the inducing of labor unless medically necessary. Finally, the reduction of In Vitro pregnancies will also reduce the risk of premature birth.

Expectant mothers should also be proactive before and during pregnancy to protect their unborn babies. Recent studies show folic acid reduces the chances of pre-term labor. Pregnant women are encouraged to take pre-natal vitamins that include folic acid and eat foods such as cereal and whole-grain products. In addition, expectant mothers should avoid recreation, as well as unapproved prescription drugs during pregnancy. Finally, it is important for all expectant mothers to keep regular appointments with an OB/GYN during pregnancy. In most cases, regular visits to a doctor will allow for early detection of medical problems or complications that could contribute to premature birth.

Free Legal Advice: Birth Defects or Injuries