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Long Island Medical Malpractice FAQ

It’s bad enough you were injured or ill, but to suffer further due to the negligence of your health care provider is devastating. Thankfully, when a health care provider fails to uphold their duty of care, they can be held accountable in a court of law.

If the thought of taking civil action overwhelms you, you are not alone. But when you have an experienced lawyer by your side, available to answer your questions and concerns, the process can be far less stressful. 

With this in mind, we have included a quick FAQ below, providing answers to some of the most common medical malpractice lawsuit questions. You can also contact a Long Island personal injury lawyer if you have additional questions that haven’t been answered on this page. 

How long do I have to file a claim?

Every case is different, but in the majority of medical malpractice cases, a lawsuit must be filed in New York courts within two years of the negligent act in question. Your medical malpractice lawyer can give you a better idea of how long you have to decide during your initial consultation. 

Who could be responsible for my injuries?

Nearly any type of healthcare professional can be held accountable for their medical errors that result in patient injury or illness. Some of these parties could include:

Are there limits on the amount I could be awarded?

No. While some states have set limitations on the amount of damages that can be awarded to a victim of medical malpractice, New York State has not. 

Do I have grounds for a medical malpractice claim?

It’s difficult to say without having reviewed the details of your case. However, if your health care provider made a mistake and breached their medical duty of care, you may have grounds for a civil claim. Your lawyer can determine whether a breach has occurred and if you have a viable case.

How can a medical malpractice lawyer help me?

After suffering further injury or illness, the last thing you’ll want to be dealing with are the painful details of litigation. Your medical malpractice lawyer can gather evidence, establish fault, calculate the value of your claim, and otherwise handle the legal components of your case while you focus on your recovery. 

Get Help from a Medical Malpractice Lawyer on Long Island

If you suspect you may be a victim of medical malpractice and aren’t sure what your next steps should be, contact a qualified Long Island medical malpractice lawyer at the Law Offices of Dennis Smith, PLLC. Schedule your free, no-obligation consultation when you complete the convenient contact form included below or call our office at 212-835-1699.



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