Lavern’s Law was passed in June of 2017 to change the statute of limitations on medical malpractice lawsuits to give some victims more time to file complaints and seek restitution. Recently, Gov. Cuomo and state legislative leaders struck a deal for some amendments that gives cancer patients more time to sue for malpractice. Under the new bill it allows cancer victims to sue for malpractice within a 2 1/2 year window that opens when the patient discovers the error. Under the old law, the clock for people to sue started when the medical error occurred.
“This important accomplishment could not have happened without Gov. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader (John) Flanagan, Speaker (Carl) Heastie and the tirless advocacy of the Daily News and the courageous patients and their families who spoke out year after year,” said Matt Funk, president of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. “Thanks to all of their efforts, victims like Lavern will finally have their day in court.”