NYC Hospitals’ Malpractice Costs Drop by $3 million from Last Year

By Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP

In 2013 the City of New York paid $131 million in malpractice settlements. In 2012, $134 million was paid to the victims of malpractice at City run hospitals.

New York City owns and operates eleven hospitals:

Bellevue Hospital Center

Coney Island Hospital

Elmhurst Hospital Center

Harlem Hospital Center

Jacobi Medical Center

Kings County Hospital Center

Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center

Metropolitan Hospital Center

North Central Bronx Hospital

Queens Hospital Center

Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center

There were 262 settlements in fiscal year 2013, resulting in payouts of $131 million, a decrease from the 270 cases and $134 million paid in fiscal year 2012. Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin LLP has been handling cases against New York City Hospitals since 1971 with a great deal of success. Medical malpractice cases require particular expertise by the lawyer handling the case. Our firm has a full time nurse paralegal to assist our attorneys in learning the medicine and thoroughly analyzing a potential medical malpractice cases. Many lawyers claim to be malpractice lawyers but just refer a client on to another attorney. At Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin LLP, our litigation team handles our own malpractice cases from intake to trial. Our partners have held executive positions for medical malpractice for the New York State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin LLP is recognized as one of the preeminent malpractice forms in New York City.

We recently handled a case against Bellevue Medical Center for the family of a man who died of lung cancer which was not timely diagnosed. Our client had multiple complaints regarding his lungs and sought out treatment repeatedly at Bellevue Medical Center. Many X-rays were taken. Unfortunately, despite the x-rays showing signs consistent with lung cancer, the physicians failed to diagnose the problem. Ultimately, it took over two years for the cancer to be diagnosed. Sadly, by the time the diagnosis was made, the cancer was too advanced and our client died. Our medical experts determined that if a diagnosis had been timely made as it should have been, our client would most likely have survived his disease. Devastating stories such as this could be avoided if there was greater attention to safety and oversight at hospitals.

Since its founding in 1971, Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin LLP has fought to protect the rights of the those who have been injured. Our firm is committed to help our clients and their families get through a very hard time. Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin LLP has been recognized as one of the best law firms in New York City in personal injury law. All of our partners have been recognized as among the top attorneys in the personal injury field. The personal injury lawyers at Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin LLP have extensive experience and expertise which has resulted in verdicts and settlements for our clients in excess of $1 billion. Our medical malpractice litigation department is available for a free consultation at (212) 684-1880.

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