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NY Governor Cuomo Signs “Lavern’s Law”: Med Mal Bill Extending Time Period for Patients To File Suit

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation known as ‘Lavern’s Law’ which corrected an injustice in the law which had left certain victims of medical malpractice without any access to justice when initially misdiagnosed as not having cancers or malignant tumors. Before this important legislation was enacted, the statute of limitations, (the time by which a lawsuit must be brought,) started running when the actual misdiagnosis occurred rather than when the victim actually learned that she/he had been misdiagnosed. By the time the patient learns of the misdiagnosis, it could be years after the actual malpractice occurred,...

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The Challenges of Living With Erb’s Palsy

As a parent of a child who suffered a birth injury that caused Erb’s palsy, you know that he or she may be permanently disabled. Erb’s palsy is a condition that is caused by injury to the nerves in the brachial plexus, a network of nerves near the neck that provides movement and sensation to the shoulder, arm, hand and fingers. In some cases, the injury can impact the entire trunk. In most cases, the Erb’s palsy affects the spinal cord’s ability to send messages to the arm, wrist, hand, or fingers through normal nerve impulses. Erb’s Palsy birth...

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Get a Second Medical Opinion!

When you get sick, you go to the doctor and trust that he or she will properly diagnose and treat your ailment. However, doctors are human and as trusting as you may be of them, there is always the risk that he or she may make a mistake. A mistake or misdiagnosis of a serious medical condition can have significant impacts on your life and your well-being. If you are seriously ill, it is always important to get a second medical opinion. Although you may not think you can afford a second opinion, the price you could end up...

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Study Claims Medical Errors Kills 251,000 People Annually

We all make mistakes. However, when a healthcare professional makes a mistake, it can result in serious injuries or even death. One study shows that medical mistakes lead to 251,000 deaths each year in the United States. This shocking statistic does not even account all non-fatal incidents. To further grasp the scope of the problem, it is important to highlight the fact that 251,000 fatal medical errors makes medical malpractice the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Medical malpractice ranks ahead of accidents, Alzheimer’s, strokes and even respiratory disease. The only two other main killers in the...

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Misdiagnosis of Serious Medical Conditions

The human body presents itself and its illnesses in different ways. Our body can display many symptoms that may be consistent with more than one disease. This can easily lead to a misdiagnosed condition. Misdiagnosis can significantly impact your life and well-being. Wrongfully identifying a medical condition can result in administering the wrong treatment and even a wrongful death. A simple cough could mean a cold, or it could be a symptom of lung cancer. Chest pain could be related to a cold or signal a heart attack. At Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C., we know misdiagnosis can result...

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