Highlighting Medical Malpractice & Personal Injury Issues Affecting New Yorkers

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Tell the Governor to Sign Laverne’s Law!

Please take action to assist patients who have been injured as the result of a delayed cancer diagnosis.

We urge you to contact the Governor and ask him to sign the Date of Discovery bill that passed both houses of the state legislature  into law.

You can do so HERE.

Lavern’s Law, S6800/A8516, would extend the statute of limitations for medical, dental or podiatric malpractice related to the failure to diagnose cancer or other tumors from two years and six months from the date of the act, omission or failure complained of, to two years and six months from when a person discovers, or reasonably should have discovered, the alleged negligent act or omission up to seven years from the negligent act or omission.

Because this bill would ensure that victims of medical malpractice in New York State have access to justice, rather than being denied their day in court, we ask that you  contact the Governor and ask that he sign this important legislation.



Breast Cancer Detection Law Signed

Good news for New Yorkers!  Our State signed into law an important new measure to help promote early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

The new law, which will take effect in 180 days,  will provide women with important information they need to make decisions regarding their health.   Read More→

Prescription For Malpractice

A recent report by the Public Citizen analyzed data collected by the Federal Government over a nine-year period and found that over half the doctors disciplined privately by hospitals were not disciplined by their state Medical Boards.

This report, which is available online, reveals that over a thousand doctors disciplined by hospitals because of incompetence, negligence, malpractice or worse were not subject to any discipline at the state level.

The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB)records all “clinical privileging actions”, or instances where hospitals restrict or revoke a doctor’s ability to practice at their institution. Violations recorded at the NPDB included “immediate threat to health or safety”, incompetence, negligence or malpractice, substandard care, and sexual misconduct, insurance fraud, fraud in obtaining a medical license and narcotics violations. Read More→

Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast cancer is on the rise, with as many as 175,000 new cases every year. There are many known risk factors for breast cancer.

Risk Factors

Heredity looms large as a risk factor. In fact, 15% of new breast cancer cases have a family history in a first degree relative. Race is a factor, as well, as the incidence is lower among asians and blacks.

Age at the first pregnancy influences the incidence. Women who have their first baby under the age of 18 have a somewhat reduced risk when compared to women who have a first baby after age 35. Women who have never been pregnant are also at an increased risk.

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