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New Jersey Superior Court Authorizes Service of Process by Facebook

Mar 22, 2017 — by Paul da Costa
Tags: Facebook Social Media Personal Injury

A Morris County Chancery Court permitted service of process to occur through Facebook, reports the New Jersey Law Journal.  The court concluded that using social media was appropriate because traditional methods of service were unavailable and, under the circumstances, service on Facebook comported with due process requirements.  More specifically, the court found that the defendant checked his Facebook account regularly enough that he would see the service documents in a timely manner, and would thus be apprised of the pendency of the action and have an opportunity to present his objections within the court-ordered timeframe.


Congress Is Trying to Take Away The Right to a Civil Jury Trial

Mar 15, 2017 — by Paul da Costa
Tags: Civil Jury Trial Congress Fundamental Right

When our Founding Fathers set out to create the government of the United States, they were determined to protect American citizens from the danger of unchecked power.  The Founders saw firsthand what happened when one man—the King of England—had nearly limitless power and was accountable to no one.  That is precisely why the concepts of responsibility and accountability are embedded so deeply into our system of government.  Our Constitution holds even the most powerful individuals and entities accountable for their actions with a judicial system that empowers its citizens to protect themselves.  That’s why the Seventh Amendment guarantees each of us a jury trial in civil actions.


Partner Paul M. da Costa Files Suit against Rutgers-Newark

Mar 9, 2017 — by Paul da Costa
Tags: Rutgers Personal Injury Stabbing Library

Partner Paul M. da Costa is representing a Rutgers-Newark student who was violently attacked because of the school’s inadequate security.  The student was studying in the library on a Thursday morning in February 2015 when a man she did not know stabbed her with scissors.  Paul’s client, who was 19 at the time, needed surgery for injuries she sustained to her head and arm during the assault.  Paul’s client seeks compensatory damages for her physical and emotional pain and suffering.


Partner Paul M. da Costa to Speak at NJAJ Boardwalk Seminar

Mar 7, 2017 — by Paul da Costa
Tags: Seminar Medical Malpractice

We are pleased to announce that Partner Paul M. da Costa has been invited to present at the New Jersey Association for Justice Boardwalk Seminar 2017.  As part of the Medical Malpractice Seminar, Paul will be sharing a bit of his expertise with attorneys engaged in the field of medical malpractice and other seminar attendees.  Paul will discuss the effective use of the medical learned treatise in medical malpractice cases.


Heater-Cooler Devices Common in Open-Chest Surgery Can Cause Infection

Mar 6, 2017 — by Paul da Costa
Tags: Open Chest Surgery Infection Heater Cooler Devices

Heater-cooler devices are very common in cardiothoracic surgeries and other surgical procedures.  These devices are used to warm or cool the patient as necessary, which optimizes their care and improves surgical outcomes.  In fact, these machines are considered to be crucial in open-chest surgery.  But one of the most popular heater-cooler devices in the country has been linked to global outbreaks of a rare and potentially fatal bacterial infection called mycobacterium chimaera.


Power Morcellators Frequently Used in Uterine Surgery Spreads Cancer

Feb 23, 2017 — by Paul da Costa
Tags: Fda Cancer Surgery

A medical tool that was widely used in minimally invasive surgery was on the market for more than 20 years before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) realized there was a problem.  The power morcellator, which shreds tissue with a spinning blade, was being used to remove uterine fibroids in at least 50,000 women in the United States each year by 2013.  That year, the FDA received the first report that the device had spread undiagnosed cancer through a patient’s body, according to the New York Times.


Woman Brings Suit Against Subsys Manufacturer

Feb 6, 2017 — by Paul da Costa
Tags: Fda Subsys Cancer Opioids

A New Hampshire woman is suing the manufacturer of a powerful fentanyl spray after she became addicted and suffered painful withdrawal symptoms.  According to The Fix, the lawsuit alleges that Insys Therapeutics violated the New Hampshire Consumer Protection Act.  The physician assistant who prescribed the medication, and the pain clinic that employed him, are defendants in the medical malpractice action.


SSDMD'S Medical Malpractice Department Law Firm Of The Year

Jan 27, 2017 — by Paul da Costa
Tags: Medical Malpractice Personal Injury Global Award

We are proud to announce that the practice of Partner Paul da Costa at Snyder Sarno D’Aniello Maceri & da Costa, LLC has won the Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award for Medical Malpractice Law Firm of the Year in New Jersey.  This prestigious international accolade reflects Paul’s accomplishments in medical malpractice and his professional excellence.


Teens Are Choosing E-Cigarettes Over Tobacco

Dec 15, 2016 — by Paul da Costa
Tags: E Cigarettes Smoking Nicotine Personal Injury Medical Malpractice

A new report by the U.S. Surgeon General shows an alarming trend in e-cigarette use among teens.  E-cigarettes are now more popular with teenagers—specifically middle and high school students—than regular tobacco cigarettes.  Between 2011 and 2015, e-cigarette use in this age group more than tripled.  What’s worse is that six in ten teens that participated in a national survey did not know that e-cigarettes are harmful.


Johnson & Johnson Hit with Another Huge Jury Verdict

Nov 22, 2016 — by Paul da Costa
Tags: Ovarian Cancer Baby Powder Personal Injury Medical Malpractice

In October, a St. Louis jury awarded a California woman with ovarian cancer more than $70 million, reports The Associated Press.  The plaintiff claimed that forty years of using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder for feminine hygiene purposes contributed to her cancer.  The plaintiff accused Johnson & Johnson of negligence in both making and marketing its baby powder, which contains talc powder.


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