Protecting Patient Rights, Calling for Critical Changes

This past spring Managing Partner, Andrew Finkelstein & Senior Trial Attorney George Levy met with legislators in Albany to promote and protect New Yorkers’ rights. Among the topics discussed was Lavern’s Law, pending legislation that greatly impacts victims of medical malpractice.

“New York is one of only a handful of states where people harmed by medical mistakes and their families are prevented from holding wrongdoers accountable. The deadline for bringing a civil action (“the statute of limitations”) for medical malpractice can run out before you can even find out that a medical error has been made.’ @PassLavernsLaw. If legislators choose to pass Lavern’s Law the statute of limitations would begin once a patient first discovers that he or she has been harmed by a doctor or hospital.” – 2017 Civil Justice Lobby Day

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced his support of Lavern’s Law. It is now up to legislatures to vote on the bill.

Lavern’s Law was named after Ms. Lavern Wilkinson.

“In 2010, a Brooklyn woman named Lavern Wilkinson went to Kings County Hospital with chest pain. An X-ray was taken. It looked fine, a first-year resident in the emergency room said, and Ms. Wilkinson was sent home.

She wasn’t fine. She started to have breathing troubles, which hospital doctors ascribed to asthma. But in 2012 they looked again at the old X-ray, and saw what should have been noticed at the start: a small mass, plausibly curable at the time. It had since developed into full-blown lung cancer, and spread to other organs. In March 2013, Ms. Wilkinson died at age 41.”-New York Times

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Dear Friends and Clients,

In furtherance of our firm’s culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can.

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP