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Medical Malpractice Caps Absent From NYS Budget

Posted by Andrew J. Barovick | Mar 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

According to Capitol Confidential , a budget agreement has been reached in Albany, and it does not include caps on medical malpractice awards.  As many of you know, the Medicaid Redesign Team had proposed a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages, which would have unfairly impacted children, the elderly, the unemployed and under-employed.

No word yet on whether the Neurologically Impaired Infant Fund remains part of the budget. I hope not, since, among other things, nobody from the MRT has even been able to fully articulate where the money for such a fund would come from.  Moreover, if compensation to a neurologically impaired infant is made through an administrative board instead of the courts, there will be little motivation for hospitals and individual physicians to focus on patient safety improvements.  And, ironically, this “cost-saving” measure would simply shift the financial burden for a lifetime of care from those who caused the injuries, i.e. negligent doctors, to state taxpayers, who will ultimately be taxed when these infants are forced to turn to Medicaid.

But good news is good news.  Medical consumers have won something today.

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Andrew J. Barovick

Mr. Barovick is a graduate of Columbia College and Cardozo School of Law. He began his legal career at the Queens District Attorney’s Office, where he tried over 20 felonies to verdict, and argued an equal number of appeals before the Appellate Division, Second Department, the New York Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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REPRESENTATIVE VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS:

$7.9 million dollars for infant client who suffered severe brain injuries due to post- delivery medical malpractice.

$500,000 wrongful death/medical malpractice settlement on behalf of patient brought to hospital emergency room with serious injuries who suffered complications while unmonitored and died.

$425,000 wrongful death/medical malpractice settlement during trial on behalf of senior hospital patient whose surgeon failed to timely address her worsening symptoms, resulting in her death.

$250,000 to young man whose physician failed to diagnose an impending torsion testicle, causing the loss of the affected testicle.

$200,000 to young mother whose OB/GYN failed to timely diagnose and treat her ectopic pregnancy, resulting in excruciating, long-term pain and the need for surgery to address the ectopic pregnancy once it was diagnosed.

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