Monthly Archives: June 2015

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Medical malpractice reform dies in NY Senate

Earlier this month we wrote about Lavern’s Law, a bill in Albany that would help victims of medical malpractice by giving them more time to file a lawsuit.  Lavern’s Law would start the statute of limitations clock ticking when a patient first discovers that he or she has been harmed by a doctor or hospital, not the date the malpractice occurred. Now, that bill is Read More →

3D Printers raise interesting liability issues

3D printers have finally become affordable to many consumers. With 3D printiing a user can print out actual products like clothing and guitars. But if there is some defect in the product you just printed and you get injured, who do you sue? Nora Freeman Engstrom, associate professor at Stanford University.tackled this question in an essay in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review This analysis Read More →

Bicycle safety in NYC

Summer is here and almost 40,000 bicyclists will take to the streets, bike paths and parks of New York City. Maybe you are one of those throngs of two-wheeled enthusiasts.  But as fun as cycling might be, you need to be aware at all times. Accidents do happen. Although accidents have been declining the last past few years, the threat is still very real. The Read More →

Company not liable for asbesto related cancer

The Appellate Division, First Department ruled Tuesday that a plaintiff’s asbestos related cancer was not the fault of the manufacturer. In 2013, 53 year-old Brian Hockler, a scrap metal salvager was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. He sued the William Powell company for product liability. The unanimous ruling said scavenging scrap metal was “not a foreseeable use” and denied his claim. The Read More →

Joining Cuomo, De Blasio backs Lavern’s Law

Joining  Governor Cuomo, Mayor De Blasio has voiced his support for Lavern’s Laws a law that has gives medical malpractice victims more rights. Known as Lavern’s Law, the bill would start the statute of limitations clock ticking when a patient first discovers that he or she has been harmed by a doctor or hospital, not the date the malpractice occurred. The mayor told them Daily news Read More →

Cuomo backs medical malpractice law: Lavern’s Law

Governor Cuomo has thrown his weight behind a law that would bolster the rights of victims of medical malpractice to hold hospitals accountable Lavern’s Law would start the statute of limitations clock ticking when a patient first discovers that he or she has been harmed by a doctor or hospital, not the date the malpractice occurred. Lavern Wilkinson, died in March 2013 from a curable form of Read More →

Undocumented law grad gets license to practice in NY State

An undocumented immigrant has won his  battle to be admitted to the New York State Bar. The New York Law Journal (sub reqd) reported Cesar Vargas, 31, who immigrated with his family as a boy, obtained a law degree from the City University of New York Law School and passed the bar exam. He applied in 2012 to join the New York bar but was held Read More →

Cop tickled corpse, wrongful death suit alleges

In weird legal news, the parents of an unarmed man shot dead by police in Bakersfield, California claim in a wrongful death suit that a police officer who likes “playing with dead bodies. According to the lawsuit After James’  violent  and unwarranted  death, his body was transported to Kern Medical  Center for an autopsy. While at Kern Medical  Center,  James’  body was desecrated  by another Bakersfield  police  officer, Read More →

Questions raised over Congress’ doctor

Former Ohio Representative, Steven LaTourette is planning to sue the congressional medical office and the federal government for medical malpractice claiming negligence surrounding his cancer diagnosis. Currently he is pursuing administrative claims against the federal government which is required before filing an actual lawsuit. He filed an administrative claim last month with the U.S. Department of the Navy Office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG). Under federal to Read More →