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Q: Are there any lawyers that handle special psychiatric malpractice cases in NYS?

I was informed to contact the NY Bar Association; however, I was informed that no one in NY handles psychiatric malpractice cases. I would like to confirm this information. I posted a previous question with more in-depth details. Unfortunately, that question was removed.

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Q: Are there any lawyers in the state of New York that handles special psychiatric malpractice cases?

Misdiagnosed with Schizophrenia. Adverse effects from being prescribed wrong medication. Neurologist wrote that the chronic use of antipsychotic medication was the cause of my current health issues. I was on Invega Sustenna for two years for a condition that I never had. There's permanent... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Health Care Law, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for New York on
Q: Can your doctor refuse to see you?

I had back surgery spinal stenosis in 2019. If I remember correctly I only saw him once after the surgery. He had moved to another practice. I had called several time to make an appointment at his new practice.. I was told he was not taking new patient. I told the receptionist that I was not a new... View More

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on May 1, 2024

Your surgeon certainly has a right not to see you again, especially if he's moved elsewhere. Whether that's good and accepted medical practice is another story. If you are in pain, you can certainly seek medical attention elsewhere. You can also contact his office to see if he can... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for New York on
Q: I need to appeal to a decided case. The doctor is negligent bcs he didnt provide reasonable advice to ptf’s wound.

I need to appeal to a medical negligence case. The court held that the doctor was negligent because he did not provide reasonable advice to the plaintiff to ensure that the wound was properly taken care of and failed to ensure that the appropriate and reasonable advice was given to him. Also, when... View More

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on May 1, 2024

Your question is unclear. If you are looking for a medical malpractice attorney or an appellate attorney, you can find many such attorneys using the Find a Lawyer tab on the JUSTIA homepage. From your description, it sounds like the court ruled in your favor. Keep in mind that in a malpractice... View More

4 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Medical Malpractice for New York on
Q: Frustrating setting and not getting any real info from attorney about a settlement

A settlement was reached and a check was apparently cut (according to my attorney) 4 years ago from the insurance company due to a lawsuit from a malpractice case from 2008. My uncle had a routine colonoscopy thay went left and eventually he passed. Its only me and a neice left and we were to split... View More

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel
answered on Apr 15, 2024

It should definitely not take this long. You can view the Surrogate's Court and Supreme Court dockets online to know where you stand.

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1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for New York on
Q: Hi, I think I have a medical malpractice case. So a little about my situation. I had a pulmonary embolism which is a

blood clot in my lungs in 2018. From 2018-2021 I was on at home oxygen. I recovered thankfully at the time in 2022. So for the full year of 2022 and towards the end of 2023 I was off the oxygen. Even volunteering at NY Presbyterian children’s hospital. I was born and treated my pre-existing... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 6, 2024

I'm sorry for your ordeal. Your best option in having your matter evaluated would be to try to arrange a consult with a med mal law firm. Most firms offer free initial consults. If attorneys expressed an interest in exploring the matter more closely, they could retrieve your file and review... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for New York on
Q: When does statute of limitations really end?

I know the statute of limitations is 2 and a half years for medical malpractice in NY ,but what if your symptoms aren't prevalent till after that ?

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answered on Mar 18, 2024

Great question. Short answer is: it depends on the nature of your malpractice claim. NY has a limited "discovery rule" --which extends the 2.5-year statute of limitation to one year past the discovery of the medical malpractice. However, the "discovery rule" exception is... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for New York on
Q: Medical malpractice, do I have a case?

Ok this was not answered so let's try wording it differently, I went to a city hospital because I had extreme pressure behind my eyes. (csf leak) They in turn look at MRI from a year ago blaming something that happened to me almost 5 years ago. (H.O.D. caused by resection of cavernous... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Mar 17, 2024

Malpractice consists of not just health care providers acting below the standard of care, but also damages or harm actually caused by the Malpractice. For civil cases it is “no harm no foul.”

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice and Medical Malpractice for New York on
Q: A malpractice claim was filed for allegedly negligence and malpractice against a provider.

The provider is covered by the company's malpractice insurance who will provide the attorney and cover the claim. However, a malpractice incident report must first be completed with the option of using a private attorney. If an attorney was not hired and listed before submitting the report and... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 13, 2024

In general in any claim investigation, one is usually free to retain an attorney after the process has begun. It isn't possible to say if that would mean being given liberty to amend a statement/report, now having the benefit of an attorney. It's possible there could be conditions imposed... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for New York on
Q: I was emailed a summons for a malpractice with a document to complete for an insurance claim. How should I proceed?

I was involved in caring for a patient and now I was summoned with other providers. The malpractice insurance want me to complete the claim. Should I do this without a legal advisor?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 9, 2024

Learn what you can about the scope of coverage of the insurance carrier, the nature of the claim, and the extent of your employer's coverage. Is the insurance carrier covering you and other staff of the facility where you were employed? Or is the insurance carrier providing coverage for only a... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for New York on
Q: I'm looking for a medical malpractice attorney and some guidance.

I went to a city hospital(Bellevue)and I know for a fact they misdiagnosed me because I have 2 things that have almost the same symptoms but are grossly exacerbated because they only want to diagnose me with one. I have documentation and proof that it is the most misdiagnosed thing in that area.... View More

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on Feb 6, 2024

You can find many excellent malpractice attorneys using the Find a Lawyer tab on the JUSTIA homepage. Before you can file a lawsuit against Bellevue Hospital, however, you must first file a Notice of Claim with New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (NYCHHC) within 90 days of the alleged... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for New York on
Q: I live in Suffolk NY, is it possible to sue a plastic surgeon for malpractice?

The original surgery was in November 2021, the stitches came undone because I was throwing up all night (the day of surgery). Revision surgery happened in May 2023, after that, I have a bulge on my stomach that is painful and noticeable. The doctor has tried to fix it unsuccessfully, even did a... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Dec 15, 2023

A malpractice case is possible, though the extent of your harm may limit the case's viability. You should confer with other doctors to determine what should be done and the nature and extent of your future harm.

2 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for New York on
Q: HelloAsking attorneys in the medical malpractice field.

A csf leak and h.o.d. have the same symptoms. I have h.o.d. but it's pretty much on over drive all the time. The hospitals refuse to give me the proper tests for a csf leak, they blame all the symptoms on the h.o.d. Would it change their minds if I asked for their refusal to be on paper?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 15, 2023

A medical professional would have more insight into distinguishing between the symptoms you describe. You can always make your request in writing. And you could receive a response (no one here could predict the response) maybe to the effect that the tests recommended were supported by the symptoms... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for New York on
Q: My father died last year from what I believe were multiple medical mistakes .Are hospitals hard to sue

My father died May 2 2022.l

believe is was direct negligence

caused by the hospital that cared for

him. Multiple medical mistakes

double medicating, defibrillater at

wrong settings, incorrect medication

given causing multiple firings of... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 13, 2023

I'm sorry for the loss of your father. The short answer to your question is, yes, hospitals can be hard to sue. New York (and other jurisdictions) generally require certificates of merit, where a law firm consults with a physician who believes the case has merit. There are qualifiers to this... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice, Health Care Law and Personal Injury for New York on
Q: Who do I contact if I feel like healthcare care providers are disregarding my medical complaint?

I believe I contracted some type of worm/parasite during a vacation and received a MRI of the abdomen and pelvis in which one radiology tech questioned I might be pregnant because of movement seen during exam and another mentioned movement was seen confirming my suspicions but not reported to CDC.

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answered on Nov 17, 2023

If you believe your medical complaints are being disregarded by healthcare providers, your first step should be to seek a second opinion from another medical professional. It's important to have your concerns thoroughly evaluated, especially if you suspect a serious condition like a parasitic... View More

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4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for New York on
Q: I got lip fillers a week ago and above my top lip is sticking out like a duck the place is refuses to fix it for me

I got juvederm lip fillers last week and the top lip where I believe is called the vermillion border almost on top of the pink color of the lip is all raised out and I look like I have a duck top lip almost. There are lumps also under the lip as well and the bottom lip also has a purplish color on... View More

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on Nov 7, 2023

Sorry to hear what happened to you. Unfortunately, as my colleague correctly advised, a bad outcome, without more, will not support a medical malpractice case, especially one arising out of a cosmetic procedure. Rather, you need to demonstrate a departure from the standard of care and an injury... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Legal Malpractice and Medical Malpractice for New York on
Q: I am a plaintiff in a med mal case, my attorney is being sued & hired the defense attorney in my case to represent her.

Is that a conflict of interest? The initial firm I hired on 8-15-19, (with a retainer), emails me saying he doesn't know me, and would never sue the defense, although I have phone records, emails, etc.

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on Nov 3, 2023

Your attorney is being sued by whom, by you or by someone else? If someone else, then there's arguably no conflict. There are many firms that represents doctors and hospitals in medical malpractice lawsuits and attorneys in legal malpractice lawsuits. As long as the two lawsuits do not... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims and Medical Malpractice for New York on
Q: Optometrist will not replace lenses even though they advertise 1 year warranty for exam and prescriptions.

The 1st prescription called for prism. They gave me headaches. They re-examined and eliminated the prism at no cost. These lenses left me with blurry vision. I went to my Gloucoma Ophthalmologist who said I have unusual problems with my vision (due to prism), and referred me to another speciaist... View More

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on Oct 16, 2023

Your post does not include a question. You need to review the exact terms of your warranty to see whether it includes the original cost of your lenses and not just the replacement cost and whether the warranty can be triggered by the recommendation of a different optometrist / ophthalmologist.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft, Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for New York on
Q: Please help!! How can i get my structed settlement money turn over to me?

I am 35 year old and i just found out my mother have been secretly using my settlement money since I was 7 year old. This settlement money was rewarded to me when I was a minor due to medical malpractice. My mother told me that I need to stay quiet about it and you still under guardianship. So I... View More

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on Sep 26, 2023

If you had a medical malpractice case as a minor which settled, the proceeds would likely have been deposited in a bank account which would have been jointly held in trust by your guardian (your mother) and an officer of the bank. Significantly, any such monies should have been off-limits to your... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for New York on
Q: Is there liability for a insurance company if my condition worsens due to their denial of authorization for more PT?

I was undergoing physical therapy for back/ spine issues with intermittent numbness and improving. Additional authorizations by my insurer were suddenly denied. PT office did not appeal immediately and only did once I received a copy of the letter and informed them. An appeal would take 30 days to... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 16, 2023

You raise a very good question - and one that does not go overlooked by attorneys in challenging denials of medical care. Unfortunately, it is also a difficult issue to argue in most settings where a claim is closely processed with valid independent medical exams or peer reviews. If you have an... View More

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