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About Douglas D. Messineo, Esq.

Award winning attorney Douglas D. Messineo, Esq., who is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, has established a reputation as a leading plaintiff’s personal injury and medical malpractice attorney during his two decades of representing individuals seriously injured by negligent persons, corporations, and government entities. Mr. Messineo has recovered tens of millions of dollars for those who have suffered serious injury or wrongful death caused by car accidents, motorcycle crashes, semi-truck collisions, pedestrian accidents, trip and falls, dog attacks, elevator and escalator mishaps, negligent health care providers, defective products, and hazardous premises. His experience and expertise representing medical malpractice patients injured by physicians, rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, and nursing homes has contributed to his reputation for legal acumen, persuasive advocacy, and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. Mr. Messineo is a guest lecturer at Fordham Law School who teaches portions of a medical malpractice seminar.

Notable Settlements and Verdicts

During his twenty years practicing personal injury and medical malpractice law, Mr. Messineo has obtained six and seven figure verdicts or settlements for many clients with notable examples that include the following:

  • $5 million settlement for patient whose quadriplegia was caused by negligence in an ER
  • $3.5 million settlement based on a wrongful birth claim after a failure to perform prenatal testing
  • $2.5 million settlement for brain damaged baby resulting from misdiagnosis of abnormal fetal monitor strips
  • $2 million settlement based on negligent post-operative transfer by nurses in the recovery room of a hospital in Bergen County
  • $1.5 million medical malpractice settlement against pediatrician who failed to diagnose a brain tumor
  • $1.2 million settlement in favor of pedestrian who suffered a pelvic fracture and lacerations to her lower extremities and face when she was struck by a vehicle
  • $1.1 million settlement for a child who developed Erb’s Palsy because of substandard birthing techniques
  • $1 million settlement for medical malpractice by a doctor that caused permanent blindness
  • $850,000 settlement for missed diagnosis of ovarian cancer
  • $800,000 settlement of injury claim resulting from faulty wood chipper machine
  • $750,000 settlement for psychiatric malpractice leading to suicide
  • $750,000 settlement for nursing home slip and fall victim
  • $700,000 settlement for fractures incurred in hospital slip and fall
  • $550,000 settlement for patient that experienced bed sores after being dropped in a nursing home
  • $475,000 settlement for hospital fall that caused a hip fracture
  • $450,000 settlement for slip and fall accident in rehab center resulting in arm fracture
  • $250,000 settlement of car accident claim involving an infant vehicle occupant who suffered a fractured hip
  • $250,000 settlement for cyclist struck by a motor vehicle

Awards and Recognition

Mr. Messineo’s success in obtaining substantial recoveries for victims of medical malpractice, and other forms of negligence has enabled him to garner a litany of acknowledgements and awards that include:

  • “NY Area’s Top Attorneys” (2007, 2009, 2011, 2014)
  • “Top Attorneys in NJ” (2009 & 2010)”
  • “Top Attorneys NY, NJ, and CT” (2008 & 2010)
  • “Bergen’s Top Lawyers” (2013)
  • Designation as Lifetime Member of Worldwide Registry for Professionals
  • Acknowledgement as an expert resource by Worldwide Registry as top 101 Industry Experts (2015)
  • “Who’s Who Professional of the Year” (2015-2016)
  • “Best Lawyers in New Jersey” (2016)

Academic Background

J.D. from University of Dayton School of Law (1994)
B.A. from University of Delaware, cum laude (1991)

Community Involvement

Mr. Messineo is active in the community as a coach of football and lacrosse. He is also a member of the Ridgewood High School Lacrosse Board. Mr. Messineo also serves on the Valley Hospital Auxiliary Committee. He and his family make their home in Ridgewood.