New York law provides people harmed by the incompetence of doctors the right to seek compensation via medical malpractice claims. The right is not infinite, though, as such claims must be pursued within the statute of limitations. Certain scenarios warrant tolling of the statute of limitations, however, as discussed in a recent New York opinion. If you suffered harm due to an improperly performed procedure, it is wise to meet with a Rochester medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.
The Plaintiff’s Harm and Subsequent Claims
It is reported that the plaintiff presented to the defendant’s hospital for a hernia repair surgery. Following the procedure, she suffered an anoxic brain injury while in the post-anesthesia care unit. She was found unresponsive and pulseless and was revived by the defendant’s employees. She remained comatose for weeks, responding involuntarily to physical stimuli but not vocal cues.
Allegedly, the plaintiff’s brain injury left her cortically blind and wheelchair-bound. She subsequently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the defendant, alleging the defendant’s employee’s inadequate medication and monitoring delayed recognition of her deteriorating condition caused her cardiac arrest and subsequent injuries. Her husband filed a derivate claim as well. The defendant moved to dismiss the plaintiff’s complaint, arguing her claims were time-barred. Continue Reading ›