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Medical Malpractice Lawyers in New York City

Decades of Experience; a Legacy of Success

If you have suffered a serious injury or the loss of a loved one due to the negligent actions of a healthcare professional or facility, you may want to consider filing a medical malpractice claim to seek monetary compensation for the physical and financial hardships you incurred as a result. At Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman LLP, our New York medical malpractice attorneys proudly represent clients nationwide in complex medical negligence cases. We can help you fight to hold negligent medical providers accountable and seek the fair recovery you are owed.

Meet Our Esteemed Medical Negligence Attorneys

Thomas P. Giuffra

A partner of Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman LLP, Thomas specializes in the litigation and trial of significant medical malpractice, personal injury, mass tort and product liability actions.

Tom’s innovative approach, thorough preparation, and trial advocacy skills have led to 20 verdicts and numerous settlements over one million dollars on behalf of his clients, including a recent landmark verdict for $58 Million. Tom is one of the youngest trial lawyers in New York to amass such a successful record at trial.

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Edward A. Ruffo

Edward Ruffo joined the partnership in August 2016 after spending 24 years litigating major medical malpractice, wrongful death and personal injury cases at law firms in NYC. He now leads the medical malpractice department at Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman LLP. His tenacity, commitment and outstanding advocacy skills have contributed to his record of success, as well as multiple professional distinctions and awards.

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Our Case Results

  • $12,000,000 for brain injury after surgery.
  • $9,000,000 after structured settlement for a child with a hand injury after an improperly treated fracture.
  • $5,000,000 for a child with neurological impairment after an undiagnosed viral illness.
  • $3,500,000 for failure to diagnose and treat post-operative bleeding.
  • $3,000,000 for leg dysfunction after hernia surgery.
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Contact us today at (212) 684-1880 or send us a message to speak with us during a free, confidential consultation. We’re ready to explore your legal options.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

As a patient, you put complete trust in your physician or medical provider. When an injury occurs due to medical negligence, the results can be devastating and permanent. However, while all medical negligence situations are traumatic, not every case is considered malpractice.

The legal definition of medical malpractice is when “an action or omission by a healthcare provider, which falls well below the acceptable standard of care that other healthcare providers would have given under the same circumstances, resulting in injury to the patient.”

Infographic that reads, "What is medical malpractice? An action or omission by a healthcare provider, which falls well below the acceptable standard of care that other healthcare providers would have given under the same circumstances, resulting in injury to the patient."

In other words, to prove medical negligence you must be able to prove the following:

  • The patient received treatment that breached the lowest expectation for the standard of care
  • The inaction or action caused by the medical provider resulted in serious or permanent injury to the patient that wouldn’t have occurred otherwise

New York Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitation in New York for medical malpractice claims is two and a half years from the date the injury was inflicted. This means that if you do not file a claim within this period you will not be able to file.

There is No Discovery Rule in New York

The bulk of U.S. states have in place what is referred to as a discovery rule. Many times, an injury that results from a medical mistake is not identified for quite some time after the actual injury has taken place. A discovery rule essentially acknowledges this and starts the statute of limitations for claims from the date that the injury becomes known or discovered.

New York does not have a discovery rule. Therefore, the statute of limitations starts when the action takes place even if it is not known at the time. If an injury is discovered after the statute of limitations has run out, no recourse may be available to victims. The New York State Senate reports that a 2013 effort to enact a discovery rule in the state proved unsuccessful.

Foreign Objects

It is important to note that there is an exception to this general rule in New York. If a foreign object was left inside your body after surgery – such as a sponge – the statute of limitations does not begin until after the object has been discovered. In such cases, the injured patient has one year to file suit from either the time when the object was discovered or from the time when the object should “reasonably” have been discovered, whichever comes first.

In the event of suspected doctor error or nurse negligence, where injury, illness or death occurred, a trusted attorney with medical malpractice experience may be able to help identify responsible parties and bring them to justice. With the help of an attorney, you can ensure that negligent behavior does not continue, and other patients may be spared undue pain, illness and suffering. Victims of medical malpractice may be given more time to file claims, but as with any personal injury case, taking action as soon as possible is of paramount importance.

Contact us today at (212) 684-1880 or send us a message to speak with us during a free, confidential consultation.


Examples of Medical Malpractice

At Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman LLP, we have more than four decades of experience in representing injury clients, including those who have been hurt by medical professionals. That is why we have the knowledge and resources to thoroughly pursue your medical malpractice campaign, no matter what circumstances it might entail.

We’re prepared to handle claims involving:

  • Anesthesia Errors: Often, anesthesia errors are committed not just by anesthesiologists but by an entire collaborative team that includes nurses and doctors, thus potentially increasing an organization’s liability
  • Obstetrical Malpractice: Obstetricians may cause birth complications such as brain damage, cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, shoulder dystocia, or brachial plexus injuries
  • Birth InjuriesWhile most births go smoothly, some have complications. Birth injuries can range from minor, like bruising, to a life-altering diagnosis, such as that of cerebral palsy
  • Infant Brain DamageMany birth injuries are caused by a lack of oxygen to the baby during birth, causing serious brain damage to a child. Lack of oxygen during birth can lead to cerebral palsy and other serious conditions that your child may have to contend with for the rest of his or her life
  • Cerebral PalsyMedical mistakes that lead to cerebral palsy include failure to diagnose, failure to treat maternal infections, failure to treat jaundice, or failure to ensure that the baby has adequate oxygen
  • Erb’s PalsyErb’s palsy is a condition marked by damage to a series of nerves in the neck and shoulder, known as the brachial plexus
  • Shoulder Dystocia: Shoulder dystocia is a particular type of dystocia in which the nerves of the baby’s shoulder, the brachial plexus, are damaged during childbirth
  • Failure to Diagnose Cancer: When doctors fail to run tests that would detect cancer early on, this gives the cancer the chance to metastasize to other parts of the body
  • Misread MammogramsIf doctors fail to recognize warnings of cancer in a mammogram test or fail to take appropriate measures when they do, cancerous tissue can grow and spread to the point where it is untreatable

This list is not exhaustive; we also represent victims of dental malpracticesurgical errorsemergency room errors, and many other types of medical malpractice and negligence. At Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman LLP, our New York medical malpractice attorneys have been serving the legal needs of people from New York and throughout the nation for over 40 years. We have the skills and resources to represent you in negotiation and litigation in this complex area of law.

Contact us today at (212) 684-1880 or send us a message to speak with us during a free, confidential consultation.


Medical Malpractice Representation Throughout New York & the Nation

  • Queens County Medical Malpractice Litigation
    The borough of Queens is a large county containing many hospitals ready to serve patients. Unfortunately, the hospitals and doctors in Queens do not always have the best reputation. Medical negligence can cause many serious injuries. The attorneys at Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman LLP have extensive experience in the field of medical malpractice and can help resolve/settle your case.
  • Brooklyn Medical Malpractice Litigation
    Brooklyn is also a very large county with many diverse people and vibrant locations. Unfortunately, the hospitals and doctors in Brooklyn do not always have the best reputation. Our firm has an active medical negligence practice in Brooklyn. We are very familiar with the special judges who are assigned medical malpractice cases. We know how to move a case as quickly as possible to trial if the defendants are not offering fair settlements. Alternatively, we also know how to fast-track settlements by using judges, mediators and court settlement conferences in Brooklyn.

In addition to representing victims of medical malpractice in New York City, we fight for injured individuals and their families throughout the state and across the nation.

No matter what your circumstances are, our firm is ready to hear your medical malpractice story. Request a free case evaluation with us today.