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Municipal hospitals are distinct from regular private hospitals in that they are administered by city officials. They are government hospitals and like many other government entities, they follow slightly different procedures when it comes to legal disputes and claims of wrongdoing.
At Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP, our New York City medical malpractice lawyers have handled numerous claims against NYC municipal hospitals. We can help you whether your or your loved one’s injury is the result of an individual doctor or medical professional’s negligence, or if hospital procedures as a whole contributed to malpractice.
Our attorneys and our in-house staff of investigators and subject matter experts collaborate on every medical negligence case. This sophisticated experience gives weight to our cases when they are professionally and persuasively presented in settlement negotiations or courtroom proceedings. As a result, we have recovered substantial verdicts and settlements for deserving injury victims throughout the boroughs of New York.
There are specific requirements when filing a lawsuit against a municipal hospital in New York. They relate to statutes of limitations and what entities must be notified of the claim. If you fail to file your claim within the specified time limit, you may be unable to file one at all.
An adult injured at a municipal hospital has 90 days from the time of the injury to file the claim. Claims for injured children are more relaxed, allowing for claims to be filed until three years past the injured minor’s 18th birthday. Action must be taken within 10 years from the date of the incident that caused the child’s injury.
Legal action must also be brought in the county where the medical malpractice occurred. A “Notice of Claim” must be filed, however, before an injury victim can officially bring a lawsuit against a government agency. This notifies the New York City Health & Hospitals Corp (NYCHHC) of the potential claim, and gives them the opportunity to review the details of the claim.
As the claimant, you will be required to attend a pre-action hearing (also known as a 50-h hearing). The pre-action hearing takes place outside of the courtroom but information collected during it can be used at trial.
Your best chance at recovering maximum compensation in a medical malpractice lawsuit starts with early involvement from a qualified and capable attorney. Our team is here to answer your questions and ensure no pertinent detail is overlooked, so you have the greatest opportunity for success.
Contact our lawyers by calling (800) 660-2264 or reach us online via email to arrange a free case evaluation.
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