Medical Malpractice FAQs

What is Medical Malpractice?  Medical professionals are trusted with your most important asset: your health. We expect doctors and health care workers to do their best, but unfortunately there are times when patients are injured because they received treatment that was below the accepted standard of care. Read more

Ongoing Problems at NYCHHC

A recent NYC Comptroller’s report  found that claims against City hospitals had increased over the past year, but the most alarming aspect of the report was that claims against Kings County Hospital represented nearly 20% of all claims against the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (NYCHHC).  This report gives Kings County Hospital the sad distinction of being the malpractice capital of the city. Kings County Hospital is not the only City Hospital in the news for all the wrong reasons. Recent newsworthy cases against NYCHHC include the choking death of a patient Read more

Legislative Action Alert: New York State Medical Indemnity Fund

In 2011 Governor Cuomo and the Legislature established the New York State Medical Indemnity Fund. The fund was intended to provide for future health care costs associated with birth-related neurological injuries arising out of medical malpractice and to lower the cost of medical malpractice to the health care system. While the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers and consumer advocates fought bitterly against the fund, arguing that it would deprive the most vulnerable victims of medical negligence of proper care and compensation, the Medicaid Redesign Team included the fund as a key component of its proposals. The Read more

Increased Doctor Discipline Needed

Medical Malpractice is the third leading cause of death in America.  What may be even more disturbing is the lack of discipline for those responsible. In New York, complaints about physicians and practitioners are investigated by the Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC). However, 60% of OPMC actions were reliant on findings from other states.  That means that more than half of the time that New York State actually takes disciplinary action against a doctor licensed to practice here it is because another state took action first.  Reports show that over 77% of New York doctors Read more