Personal Injury Lawsuits in New York

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is an epidemic in the United States that causes more deaths than AIDS, breast cancer, and automobile accidents combined. Medical malpractice refers to any action or inaction a doctor, surgeon or other licensed healthcare provider takes or fails to take, that causes injury or death to a patient.
People expect a timely diagnosis and proper treatment when they seek out medical care and treatment. A simple delay in the correct medical diagnosis can have serious consequences and can affect your quality of life or determine if you live or die.

Some common instances of medical malpractice and negligence include a delayed diagnosis, failure to diagnose that leads to wrongful death, surgical or anesthesia errors, improper treatment of a disease or medical condition, birth injuries that lead to cerebral palsy and medication errors.

The State of New York has a statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice claim of two and one half years so you must act quickly and contact a New York medical malpractice attorney to evaluate your case. An experienced New York medical malpractice attorney will review your claim, advise you on how to proceed and deal with the legal complexities involved diligently and aggressively.

If you or someone you love has been injured or died as a result of medical malpractice, please contact an experienced New York medical malpractice attorney in your area as soon as possible.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Do's and Don'ts after a Dog Bite in New York

Thousands of people are bitten by dogs each year in the United, and the vast majority of victims are small children. There are very important steps to take (and not to take) following an attack by a dog. Here are just a few.

DO:

  • Find out if the dog has had its rabies shots so you are aware of the potential risk.
  • Try to locate witnesses to the attack and obtain their names, addresses, and phone numbers for future testimony.
  • Report the attack immediately to the police and get a copy of the police report.
  • Get the name, address and phone number of the dog’s owner.
  • Make a claim against the dog owner’s insurance company.
  • Get medical treatment.
  • If possible, try to photograph your injuries, the dog, and the scene of the attack.
  • Contact an experienced New York dog bite attorney.

DO NOT:

  • Sign any forms from any insurance company.
  • Do not accept payment for your medical bills from the owner of the dog.
  • Do not give a statement to any insurance agent.
  • Accept money from anyone in this case before speaking to your attorney.

If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog in New York, you should contact a dog bite attorney in your area right away to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your case.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Medical Malpractice an Epidemic?

According to the Institute of Medicine, right around 100,000 people in this country die as a result of medical mistakes and improper care each year. What is so disturbing is that these deaths could be avoided with the proper care, and these mistakes cost the economy around $30 billion annually. While doctors strive to provide the best care possible, they are still human, and they do make mistakes. Sadly, however, their mistakes can be deadly.

Medical malpractice is injury to a patient while under the care of a licensed, certified medical professional. Medical malpractice takes many forms including misdiagnoses of a potentially fatal condition, amputation of the wrong limb, leaving a sponge in a body after surgery, or depriving a newborn of oxygen. Many people think that any unfavorable medical outcome is malpractice, and that is not the case. If your facelift does not turn out how you hoped it would, that does not mean your surgeon committed malpractice. In order to prove medical malpractice, several factors must be proven.

A legal team must show, first of all, that clear cut, unambiguous negligence on the part of the doctor or hospital involved is the primary reason for the injury or disability incurred. This is not easy to prove beyond any doubt. The vast majority of malpractice lawsuits are settled out of court before even going to trial. Jury trials can be very hard to win in the event of malpractice, due to the complex nature of medical cases, and the research and work involved in proving medical negligence or wrongdoing.

According to New York law, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases is 2.5 years after the initial damages are incurred. If you live in New York and have suffered due to medical malpractice, please contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney near you today.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Man Who Lost Leg in Subway Accident Wins over $2 Million

A very intoxicated young man who fell into the path of a subway train in sued the New York City Transit and won a $3.5 million verdict, but since he was found 35% responsible, he will only collect roughly $2.3 million (before attorneys' fees). The man, 25-year-old Dustin Dibble, does not even remember the incident that resulted in him losing his leg.

Dibble's attorneys argued that NYC Transit subway trains are required to stop a train before it strikes a large object on the tracks. The driver of the subway train, Michael Moore, said he thought he saw garbage ahead but when he saw movement he put the train into emergency, which means he hit the emergency brake. Moore has since died but had an impeccable record with the Transit system. He died from a stroke before this case even went to trial.

Dibble formerly played college football and basketball. His blood alcohol level at the time of the incident was .18, which is more than twice the legal limit in New York.

If you have suffered an injury due to someone else's negligence and you live in New York, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney near you to schedule a confidential, no-cost consultation.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

New York City Sees Its Share of Construction Accidents

Construction sites are very dangerous places to be, and statistics show that construction workers are often the victims of serious, often fatal injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), says over one thousand construction workers are killed each year due to construction site accidents. New York City has certainly seen its share of crane accidents in the last year.

People other than construction workers have also been injured at construction sites. Machinery or heavy construction equipment just outside the site or debris falling or left on walkways can injure an innocent passer-by.

Construction site injuries are normally very serious and often catastrophic. Falls are the most common accident at a construction site. While forklift accidents, nail gun and welding injuries, electrocution and hazardous substance exposures also play a roll. Some causes of construction site accidents are having inadequate safety procedures in place, defective machinery or equipment or negligence.

Construction site safety is the responsibility of the owners, architects, contractors and manufacturers of the construction machinery and equipment.

If you live in New York City, New York or the surrounding area and you have been injured on a construction site, you should contact a New York personal injury attorney today to schedule a confidential consultation.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Psychiatric Patient Dies After Cops Use Taser

Earlier this year, two New York City police officers encountered a psychiatric patient who was naked and standing on top of a security gate waving around a light bulb. The two offices used a Taser stun-gun to incapacitate the patient after over 30 minutes of trying to coax him off the security gate. The stun-gun caused the patient to fall 10 feet to the ground where he landed on his head and suffered fatal injuries.

The mother of the psychiatric patient filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the New York City Police Department and the two police officers involved. The suit alleges the officers used the stun-gun against the guidelines set forth by the police department. The guidelines state that a Taser stun-gun should not be used where someone could fall from a potentially dangerous elevated position.

Is it a Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death cases usually occur when a person dies due to someone else's negligence. The following can result in a wrongful death:

  • Auto Accidents
  • Hospital Errors
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Anesthesia Malpractice
  • Emergency Room Errors


If you live in New York and have lost a loved one due to someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, you may have a wrongful death claim. Please contact a New York personal injury attorney near you to schedule a confidential consultation today.

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