Congratulations to John Bonina, Andrea Bonina, Deborah Trerotola and Amy Insler for being included in New York Magazine’s “Leaders in the Law” section. All four attorneys received “AV” ratings from Martindale Hubbell, the highest possible ratings for skill and ethics.
The winter months always lead to an increase in the number of auto accidents. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, every year more than 118,000 people are injured or killed in vehicle crashes attributable to winter weather. If you are in an accident it is important to know what you need to do and what time limitations apply.
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.
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.
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 Academy, along with leading consumer advocates, warned lawmakers that the fund represented a slippery slope where the quality of care would continue to deteriorate for the unfortunate children consigned to the fund’s bureaucracy.
The NYS Department of Health is now proposing new regulations that would further hurt the most vulnerable victims of medical negligence. But you can help stop this ill-conceived plan by clicking HERE.
In April 20th, the Department of Health issued proposed new regulations for the fund. The regulations would result in:
Families facing great difficulty in modifying their homes to suit the needs of their child, even if these modifications have been approved by a court. The proposed regulations (more…)