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New York governor to sign new law to help malpractice victims

There are many things that can change people's lives in New York, including marriage, divorce, having children, obtaining or losing a job, and losing a loved one. Suffering a major injury or developing a major disease or illness can also cause a significant setback in one's life.

One of these diseases is cancer. This condition affects many people every year. There are treatments available for those who suffer from it, though, and in many cases people are able to beat the disease. However, it is very important that the cancer is detected early and the appropriate treatments are given at the appropriate times. Sometimes errrors are made in diagnosing and treating this disease, though, which can leave patients with additional harm, a worsened condition, or even death.

If this occurs, then the victim may have a medical malpractice claim against that doctor who failed to provide him or her with adequate care. The problem is that the mistake may not be realized right away and may only become clear months or even years after the mistake was made.

Under current law though, people must file a claim within two years after the mistake is made, not when it is discovered. This means many people may lose their ability to file a claim before they even realize a mistake was made. To help protect victims in this situation, the state legislature and the governor plan to sign a bill into law that would give these people two and a half years from the time they discover the mistake to file a claim as opposed to when the mistake is made.

There are many people in New York who develop cancer at some point in their lives. Now since there are better treatments available to battle the disease, many more people are able to beat it. The new law will hopefully protect those individuals who are unable to fight back cancer or who are otherwise harmed on account of doctor negligence. These are very complicated cases, though, and experienced attorneys may be a useful resource.

Source: New York Daily News, "Cuomo, N.Y. officials reach deal on Lavern's Law, aiding victims of medical malpractice" Erin Durkin, Jan. 28, 2018

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