Bronx lawmaker looks to change medical malpractice statute of limitations
In many cases, malpractice victims in the Bronx cannot get compensation because of the statute of limitations. One Bronx lawmaker, however, is looking to change that. Bronx resident Maria Gonzalez is a breast cancer survivor. But she says she almost lost her battle because of a misdiagnosis. Standing with Gonzalez and other cancer victims, Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera (R-BX) and the head of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association announced the creation of a new malpractice bill. If passed, the legislation would allow patients to sue up to a year after they learn of a misdiagnosis. Right now, the statute of limitations only deals with the original diagnosis. Members of the Medical Society of New York said changing the current law would hurt patients. They say it would increase medical costs, thereby driving doctors from the profession.