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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for New York on
Q: Due to well known rental inc. negligence, I suffered serious injury, and may require surgery. Do I have a case?

I and a minor special needs child suffered and i'm still suffering from tremendous pain due to a very well known rental inc. negligence with an issue I reported promptly....

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 20, 2024

I'm sorry about your injury and the injury of the special needs child. It could be difficult for attorneys here to answer your question accurately, based on the brief facts at hand. You mention negligence. If you could successfully prove that, it's possible you could have a case. But the... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for New York on
Q: Due to well known rental inc. negligence, I suffered serious injury, and may require surgery. Do I have a case?

I and a minor special needs child suffered and i'm still suffering from tremendous pain due to a very well known rental inc. negligence with an issue I reported promptly....

William Vance Ferro
William Vance Ferro
answered on Feb 21, 2024

I am terribly sorry to hear this happened to you. I hope both you and your child are doing better.

It is difficult to ascertain how exactly the accident and or negligence occurred. I would highly recommend reaching out to an experienced personal injury attorney who can guide you through...
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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Military Law for New York on
Q: Where can you find a litigants case? if in fact it was filed? So there are no double filings?

Looking to find information on a case that may or may not have been filed with TORTS?

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on Feb 12, 2024

If the case was filed in Supreme Court, you can check the New York State Courts Electronic Filing (NYSCEF) system, https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/nyscef/HomePage You can search by index number, party name and attorney.

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Military Law for New York on
Q: Where can you find a litigants case? if in fact it was filed? So there are no double filings?

Looking to find information on a case that may or may not have been filed with TORTS?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 12, 2024

In addition to the NYS Court System resources my colleague mentions, there are other databases out there, such as PACER, and several commercial ones. Sometimes, a case could also come up in a simple internet search, but the court and legal databases are a more reliable resource. If you find the... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Legal Malpractice for New York on
Q: A settlement Agreement was prepared by a party with adequate Attorneys 2 days to it's trial. That same day Pro Se party

A settlement Agreement was prepared by a party with adequate Attorneys 2 days to it's trial. That same day Pro Se party rescind.

A settlement Agreement was made under pressure by attorneys on a Friday the trial was set to begin the following Monday: Party A was unrepresented vs a Party... View More

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on Feb 9, 2024

So, if I understand you correctly, you entered into a settlement agreement, the terms of which were changed after you signed the agreement. Under those circumstances, you might have a valid basis on which to say that there was never an agreement in the first place since you never agreed to these... View More

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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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

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 6, 2024

My colleagues offer sound advice in terms of consulting with an attorney. Most med mal firms work on a contingency basis and offer free initial consults. In addition to your own searches, there is the "Find a Lawyer" tab mentioned by Mr. Ratchik, as well as attorney referral sections... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for New York on
Q: I was at JFK airport and the line safety to keep people in line was not secured right and smacked me in the face

I am seeing blurry and I am at the emergency department now and I was dizzy at the time of incident blood was drawn and incident report was made

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on Jan 18, 2024

Sorry to hear what happened to you. Whether you might have a case against the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (which operates JFK) will depend on whether the Port Authority either knew about the condition, or in the exercise of reasonable care should have discovered the condition, and... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Education Law for New York on
Q: My 12 year old daughter was assaulted by another student at school. She has injuries. What type of lawyer should I call?

My daughter has a concussion,went to the hospital,and needs physical therapy.

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on Jan 11, 2024

So sorry to hear what happened to your daughter. If you haven't already, report the matter to the school's principal / assistant principal. You might even consider reporting the matter to the police depending on the severity of your daughter's injuries. Whether the school is... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Education Law for New York on
Q: My 12 year old daughter was assaulted by another student at school. She has injuries. What type of lawyer should I call?

My daughter has a concussion,went to the hospital,and needs physical therapy.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 11, 2024

I'm sorry for your daughter's ordeal. In consulting with attorneys, learn if you are dealing with any notice of claim provisions - short filing deadlines that could arise in such cases. Also learn what evidence is available that is transient in nature, such as surveillance footage. I hope... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for New York on
Q: I was hot by car cracking my skull open, fractured legs and multiple other injuries

A Settlement was offered based on condition:

Condition 1: I will be Paid $1,200.00 immediately if I leave the town and never return.

Condition 2: I will be paid $1,000.00 per month for 12 months if and only if I agree to live in the streets.

Was this legal?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 19, 2023

I'm very sorry for your accident and your serious injuries. You should consult with an experienced attorney right away. There are too many elements to address in the brief scope of a post here, one of the most pressing being the IMMEDIATE AND URGENT filing for no-fault benefits to cover your... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for New York on
Q: I was hot by car cracking my skull open, fractured legs and multiple other injuries

A Settlement was offered based on condition:

Condition 1: I will be Paid $1,200.00 immediately if I leave the town and never return.

Condition 2: I will be paid $1,000.00 per month for 12 months if and only if I agree to live in the streets.

Was this legal?

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on Dec 22, 2023

So sorry to hear what happened to you. There's nothing illegal about making you a low settlement offer; insurance companies do it all the time, especially when someone is representing themself. The only way an insurance company will take your case seriously is if you hire an experienced... View More

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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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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?

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on Dec 22, 2023

Generally speaking, a patient does not get to dictate the course of treatment provided by a hospital or medical provider. If you are dissatisfied with the treatment you are receiving from the hospital, best to seek a second opinion from a different doctor who might order different tests. Chances... 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

Laurence Michael Deutsch
Laurence Michael Deutsch
answered on Dec 19, 2023

First, I am very sorry for your loss. And from what you describe it sounds as though this was a very protracted course.

The direct answer to your question is "no" as in hospitals are not difficult to sue, per se (if the case is brought by an experienced medical mapractice...
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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

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on Dec 22, 2023

I'm so sorry for your loss. As my colleague correctly advised, hospitals are not hard to sue (at least no more difficult than suing a doctor). In any malpractice case, however, you have to demonstrate a departure from the standard of care and harm resulting from the departure. The only way... 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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3 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Personal Injury for New York on
Q: Is my landlord responsible for my medical bills- I was struck by lightning on her property.

She has no insurance on the property that I am aware of. The tree that was struck was extremely tall, and near the house. They were told by an insurance co. to remove it years ago. She threatened to have me “ out on the street” if I contacted national grid to inspect the electrical system. She... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 7, 2023

The landlord-tenant attorneys here could address the L/T-related issues of your question, but as my colleague correctly points out, this is a complex setting. As for the personal injury attributes, it could depend on where you were situated, the tree's role in your injury, the extent of your... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Personal Injury for New York on
Q: Is my landlord responsible for my medical bills- I was struck by lightning on her property.

She has no insurance on the property that I am aware of. The tree that was struck was extremely tall, and near the house. They were told by an insurance co. to remove it years ago. She threatened to have me “ out on the street” if I contacted national grid to inspect the electrical system. She... View More

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answered on Dec 5, 2023

This is a rather complicated question as it evolves New York negligence law as well as landlord-tenant law. There are many questions to the answered in pursuing either one of these particular claims and so a consultation with an attorney would be necessary. Nevertheless, the tenant would likely be... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Communications Law for New York on
Q: I was in a private meeting with my staff and she recorded our conversation. I was terminated for saying something bad.

My staff recorded me without my knowledge and it was used it to terminate me. I said something inappropriate and was used to terminate me. Is this lawful, can I sue my employee?

Mr. Douglas A. Petho
Mr. Douglas A. Petho
answered on Dec 4, 2023

New York is a one-party consent state meaning that you can record conversations if you're physically in the state and are a party to the conversation or if you have permission from one of the parties in the conversation. If neither of the parties to the conversation have consented then it is a... View More

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