Highlighting Medical Malpractice & Personal Injury Issues Affecting New Yorkers

Men at Work

A construction company owner who ignored repeated warnings by the Department of Buildings to install guardrails at a building site has been charged with manslaughter  and indicted in connection with the death of a worker who fell six stories to his death. This story highlights the hazards of construction jobs and the need to insure that laws protecting workers are enforced.

The dangers involved in construction and scaffolding work led the New York State Legislature to pass Labor Law Section 240 and 241(6) to protect construction workers. Scaffold and ladder accidents are usually caused by negligent construction, placement or maintenance of a scaffold or ladder, or a failure to provide workers with protection from the hazards of working at a height. When a contractor or owner fails to provide appropriate safety equipment, a resulting fall can cause catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. Read More→

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Learning that you have cancer is horrifying enough. Finding out that your diagnosis was missed and that your chances for survival are diminished because of medical negligence makes that news even more devastating. Being barred from pursuing a claim because you did not even know your condition was misdiagnosed until after the statute of limitations expired adds insult to injury.

Unfortunately that happens all too frequently in New York, one of only six states that does not have a date of discovery rule for cases involving delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis.

Currently under New York law, the statute of limitations for victims of medical malpractice is two and a half years from the date the mistake is made, not from the date it is discovered. Read More→

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Increased Doctor Discipline Needed

Thursday, May 26th, 2016



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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 that have been sanctioned by the OPMC for negligence continue to practice. Read More→

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SAFE STAFFING

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

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Study after study has confirmed that safe staffing improves patient outcomes and saves lives. Now the New York State legislature has the chance to pass a law insuring that hospitals and nursing facilities are adequately staffed. a

The “safe staffing for quality care act” would authorize the NY State Department of Health to require minimum nurse to patient staffing ratios, a requirement the California has had in place since 2004. Read More→

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