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When multi-vehicle collisions occur, there is often more than one party at fault. As such, people injured in such accidents will often name multiple parties as defendants. Simply because one defendant bears a portion of responsibility for a car crash does not mean that the other defendants cannot be deemed liable as well, as noted in an opinion recently issued by a New York court in a car accident case. If you sustained injuries in a crash involving several vehicles, it is wise to confer with a Syracuse personal injury lawyer regarding your rights.

Facts and Procedure

It is reported that the plaintiff was driving on a New York parkway when she was involved in an accident with two other vehicles. She suffered injuries in the crash and subsequently filed a personal injury lawsuit against the drivers of the other cars. One of the defendants moved for summary judgment, asking the court to dismiss the claims against her. The court granted her motion, and the plaintiff appealed.

Proximate Cause in Car Accident Cases

On appeal, the court reversed the trial court ruling. The court explained that a defendant seeking summary judgment on a negligence claim arising out of a car crash bears the burden of proving, prima facie, that they were not at fault for the accident occurring. Continue reading

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After people undergo surgical procedures, it is critical that they receive appropriate care. Thus, if healthcare providers fail to take the post-surgical measures necessary to prevent them from developing infections and other complications, they may be liable for medical malpractice. The standard of care imposed on medical professionals providing post-operative treatment was the topic of a recent opinion delivered by a New York court in a medical malpractice case. If you were hurt by inadequate medical care, you have the right to pursue claims against the parties that caused your losses, and it is wise to talk to a Syracuse medical malpractice attorney promptly.

The Facts of the Case

It is reported that the plaintiff sought treatment from the defendant doctor for arthritis in his right hip. The defendant doctor recommended that the plaintiff undergo hip replacement surgery; the plaintiff consented to the procedure, which the defendant performed without incident. The plaintiff remained in the hospital for several days following the surgery, where he was monitored and cared for by the defendant doctor and defendant physician assistant.

Allegedly, the defendant developed a decubitus ulcer on his buttocks during his admission that required further hospitalization and extensive care. He subsequently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the defendants, arguing they deviated from the standard of care, causing him to develop the decubitus ulcer. The defendants moved for summary judgment, but the court denied their motion. The defendants appealed. Continue reading

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The COVID-19 pandemic altered many aspects of everyday life, including the manner in which medical malpractice cases are litigated. Specifically, among other things, it generally increased the length of time parties had to pursue claims against negligent medical professionals. In a recent opinion issued in a medical malpractice case, a New York court clarified that the executive orders issued by the Governor during the pandemic tolled, rather than suspended, the statute of limitations. If you sustained losses because of a doctor’s carelessness, it is wise to confer with a Syracuse medical malpractice attorney to evaluate your possible causes of action.

The Facts of the Case

It is alleged that the decedent underwent treatment with the defendants in May 2018. The opinion did not elaborate on the nature of the decedent’s health concerns; regardless, the decedent passed away in September 2018 due to complications associated with her care. The plaintiff commenced a medical malpractice action against the defendant in November 2020 and served an amended complaint naming additional parties that treated the plaintiff as defendants in February 2021.

It is reported that the defendants named in the February 2021 complaint moved for dismissal of the plaintiff’s claims on the grounds that they were barred by the applicable statute of limitations. The trial court denied the motion and the defendant appealed. Continue reading

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People harmed by negligent medical care have the right to pursue medical malpractice claims against their providers, but they must act promptly; otherwise, their claims may be dismissed as untimely. Specifically, under New York law, medical malpractice lawsuits must be filed within two years and six months of the date of the alleged harm. Certain exceptions may apply, though, like the continuous treatment doctrine, that allow for the tolling of the statute of limitations. Recently, a New York court discussed the continuous treatment doctrine in a case in which it denied the defendant’s motion to dismiss the plaintiff’s claims as untimely. If you suffered harm because of a doctor’s incompetence, it is wise to talk to a Syracuse medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible to determine what claims you may be able to pursue.

The Facts of the Case

It is alleged that the plaintiff presented to the defendant institute in October 2007 for assessment of head and neck pain. The defendant’s doctors diagnosed her with numerous disorders and recommended that she receive treatment at the defendant hospital. She subsequently underwent five surgical procedures at the defendant hospital between May 2008 and November 2012.

Reportedly, the plaintiff was misdiagnosed, and the surgeries were unnecessary. As such, she filed a lawsuit against the defendants, asserting medical malpractice and lack of informed consent claims. After the parties conducted discovery, the defendants moved for summary judgment on the grounds that the plaintiff’s claims were untimely. The trial court granted the motion, and the plaintiff appealed. Continue reading

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In New York medical malpractice cases, defendants will often not only deny liability but will ask the courts to dismiss the plaintiffs’ claims against them on the grounds that they cannot be deemed liable as a matter of law. If a court finds that there are factual disputes that need to be resolved by a jury, however, it will deny a defendant’s request for judgment in their favor, as shown in a recent New York ruling issued in a medical malpractice case. If you were hurt because a doctor rendered your care in a negligent manner, you should speak to a Syracuse medical malpractice attorney to determine what evidence you must offer to recover damages.

The Facts of the Case

Allegedly, the decedent underwent a routine cholecystectomy at the defendant’s medical center. She was discharged the same day as the procedure. The next day, she was taken by ambulance to the emergency department of the medical center with complaints of abdominal and chest pain that worsened with breathing. She was examined and underwent tests, after which it was determined that she did not have a pulmonary embolism.

It is reported that the decedent was diagnosed with pleuritic chest pain and discharged. Tragically, one week later, she passed away due to a pulmonary embolism. Her estate subsequently filed a wrongful death and medical malpractice lawsuit against the defendant. Following discovery, the defendant moved for summary judgment in its favor. The trial court denied the motion, and the defendant appealed. Continue reading

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An inaccurate diagnosis can lead to improper treatment, the progression of illnesses, and other losses. While, in most instances, harm is caused by a missed diagnosis, patients can also suffer injuries if they are incorrectly diagnosed with an illness that they do not have. Recently, a New York court examined whether the administration of hospice care following an erroneous cancer diagnosis constitutes medical malpractice, ultimately determining that it did not. If you suffered harm because of a missed or wrong diagnosis, you might be owed damages, and you should speak to a Syracuse medical malpractice attorney about your possible causes of action.

The Plaintiff’s Allegations

It is alleged that the plaintiff presented to the defendant cancer center to determine whether he had pancreatic cancer. Six months later, he presented to the defendant hospice center with complaints of weakness and abdominal pain and, per the hospice center, a diagnosis of Stage IV pancreatic cancer. The plaintiff underwent an evaluation and was admitted to the hospice floor for ninety days. After forty days, he was transferred to the defendant palliative care center, where he was monitored by the defendant doctor.

Reportedly, the defendant did not have pancreatic cancer. As such, he subsequently filed a lawsuit against the defendants asserting several causes of action, including medical malpractice. The defendant doctor center moved for summary judgment. Continue reading

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Accidents frequently occur at construction sites, and in many instances, they cause significant harm. While ordinarily, people seeking damages for personal injuries must prove another party’s negligence caused their harm, New York has laws that allow for the imposition of strict liability for certain harm encountered on construction sites. Specifically, the scaffold law requires contractors and site owners to provide certain protections to workers, and if they neglect to employ the required safety measures, they may be deemed responsible for any harm that arises. Recently, a New York court discussed the scaffold law, in a matter in which it granted summary judgment in favor of an injured contractor. If you sustained losses due to an accident caused by another party’s carelessness, it is smart to talk to a Syracuse personal injury lawyer about your potential claims.

The Plaintiff’s Harm

It is alleged that the plaintiff, who was a plumber mechanic, was working on the property owner’s construction site. The property owner’s related company acted as the construction manager for the project, the construction of townhouses, and hired subcontractors to install concrete and plumbing at the project, and the plumbing subcontractor, in turn, subcontracted their work to the plaintiff’s employer.

Reportedly, the plaintiff was performing a walkthrough of the project to determine what needed to be done. He stepped on a metallic plate between two townhouses to move from one house to another. The plate moved, causing the plaintiff to fall ten feet. He suffered injuries in the fall and subsequently filed a personal injury lawsuit against the property owner, contractor, and subcontractors. All parties subsequently moved for summary judgment in their favor. Continue reading

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People expect that the care they receive from their doctors will help them maintain or improve their health. Sadly, however, some physicians fail to provide their patients with competent care, ultimately causing them harm instead of helping them. People hurt by negligent medical care have the right to pursue claims against their health care providers, but merely because injuries arise in the context of medical care does not mean that they are the result of medical malpractice. Thus, if a plaintiff cannot prove the elements of their medical malpractice claims, they may be denied damages, as discussed in a recent New York ruling. If you sustained losses because of the negligence of a doctor, you have the right to seek compensation, and you should confer with a Syracuse medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.

The Facts of the Case

It is alleged that the plaintiff presented to the defendants with complaints of stomach pain and gastrointestinal distress. She was eventually diagnosed with colitis and an intestinal infection. She subsequently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the defendants, alleging they committed negligence by failing to provide her with a prompt and accurate diagnosis. After the parties completed discovery, the defendants moved for summary judgment dismissal of the plaintiff’s claims. The court granted the defendants’ motion, and the plaintiff appealed.

Elements of a New York Medical Malpractice Claim

On appeal, the court affirmed the trial court ruling. The court explained that pursuant to New York law, a plaintiff seeking to establish a doctor is liable for medical malpractice must establish that the doctor deviated or departed from the accepted standard of practice in the community and that the departure proximately caused the plaintiff to suffer injuries. Continue reading

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Medical malpractice often occurs simultaneously with other wrongs. Thus, a person harmed by incompetent medical care may not only assert medical malpractice claims against their provider but may set forth other claims as well. In many instances, claims accompanying medical malpractice claims arise under federal law and are pursued in federal courts. Federal courts have the right to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over medical malpractice claims and other matters arising under state law. They may opt not to exercise that right in cases in which they dismiss the federal causes of action, though, as shown in a recent New York ruling issued in a medical malpractice case filed in federal court. If you were harmed by incompetent medical care, it is smart to talk to a Syracuse medical malpractice lawyer about your rights.

History of the Case

It is reported that when the plaintiff was confined to a federal facility, he demonstrated and complained of symptoms of obstruction of the bladder and urethra. The medical providers working at the facility failed to heed his complaints, however, disregarding them as drug-seeking efforts. He underwent examination and testing but did not receive any diagnosis or treatment for his symptoms.

Allegedly, following his release, a doctor diagnosed the plaintiff with bladder cancer. As the cancer had metastasized throughout his body, his prognosis was poor. He subsequently filed a lawsuit in the federal district naming the facility and the doctors that provided his care during his confinement as defendants and asserting federal and state law claims. The defendants moved for summary judgment on the federal claims, which the court granted. The court then addressed the issue of the plaintiff’s medical malpractice claims. Continue reading

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The force created by collisions frequently causes fractures, contusions, strains, and other bodily harm. People that suffer injuries in car accidents have the right to pursue damages from the individuals that caused the accident, but pursuant to New York law, they must meet a certain injury threshold to recover damages. If they fail to meet the threshold, their claims will most likely be dismissed, as demonstrated in a recent opinion issued in a New York car accident case. If you were injured in a car accident, you should talk to a Syracuse personal injury lawyer to assess your possible claims.

The Factual History of the Case

It is alleged that the plaintiff was driving on a bridge in New York when he was struck by a vehicle driven by the defendant. The airbags did not deploy in either car, and the windows did not shatter. The plaintiff did not call an ambulance but drove his vehicle to a local police station. The plaintiff subsequently filed a personal injury lawsuit against the defendant, alleging he suffered harm in the collision, which he claimed was caused by the defendant’s negligence. Following discovery, the defendant moved for summary judgment, arguing that the plaintiff failed to meet the serious injury threshold as required to recover damages under New York law.

New York’s Serious Injury Threshold

In an effort to cut down on frivolous claims, the New York legislature passed laws limiting recovery for non-economic harm suffered in car accidents arising out of the negligent operation of vehicles to those cases in which the plaintiff sustained a serious injury. Continue reading

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