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New medical malpractice law. Clients have much better chance to recover money for mistakes doctors make

By April 19, 2018April 24th, 2018Uncategorized

Lavern’s Law, a bill named after a woman who died of cancer in 2013 after doctors missed a diagnosis of lung cancer, was recently signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The bill changes the beginning date for the statute of limitations in New York State for certain types of medical malpractice lawsuits.  The time limit, two and a half years, is the same, but that timeframe now begins when the patient first learns the diagnosis of cancer.  Previously it began when the initial misdiagnosis occurred.

The medical profession and hospitals say the new law will lead to increases in medical malpractice insurance costs and that those costs will have to be passed on to consumers.  They also fear practitioners will avoid giving cancer screenings to protect themselves from being sued for medical malpractice years later.  The Greater New York Hospital Association, however, has pledged to work for improvements in the law that will both help patients and reduce high medical liability costs.

Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys, PLLC, has been handling claims on behalf of individuals who have been seriously injured due to medical malpractice since 1980.  Our firm has vast experience in evaluating and resolving these claims.

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