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Facing medical malpractice in New York can be a daunting and overwhelming experience, especially when you’ve placed your trust in healthcare professionals to improve your health, not harm it. Unfortunately, medical errors, including birth injuries, surgical errors, and misdiagnosis, are significant issues across the United States, affecting millions annually and often leading to the necessity of filing medical malpractice claims. At Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb, we understand the profound impact these preventable medical errors can have on your life. Our team of New York City medical malpractice lawyers is committed to fighting for the rights of those injured by negligent medical care, ensuring they receive the financial compensation and justice they deserve.


Navigating Medical Malpractice Claims in New York

The journey through a medical malpractice case involving New York is fraught with legal complexities, including stringent deadlines for filing claims—typically two and a half years from the date of the incident under the discovery rule. Navigating medical malpractice lawsuits requires an understanding of the specific requirements in New York, such as the burden of proof, the definition of medical malpractice, how to file a complaint against a medical practitioner, the statute of limitations, and the four elements of a medical malpractice claim. The process involves meticulous evidence gathering, including medical records, expert witness consultations, and strategic negotiations, all aimed at establishing negligence and securing fair compensation. With the support of a knowledgeable New York City medical malpractice attorney, victims can effectively seek and pursue financial compensation in a timely manner, ensuring a strong case is built from the outset.


Why Entrust Your Case to a Medical Malpractice Lawyer from Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb in New York City

Opting for Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb means choosing the right medical malpractice lawyer with a storied history of advocacy, compassion, and legal excellence. Our New York medical malpractice attorneys, boasting over 82 years of combined experience, are dedicated to handling medical malpractice cases with expertise and a commitment to securing maximum compensation for victims. We pride ourselves on our comprehensive approach to case management, from detailed investigations to aggressive negotiations, all underscored by our track record of securing significant verdicts and settlements for our clients, including successful medical malpractice lawsuits.


Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb Has Expertise in a Variety of Medical Malpractice Cases

Healthcare providers, including medical doctors, surgeons, dentists, and other professionals, have a paramount duty to follow the standard of care, and their negligence can lead to severe consequences such as wrongful death, surgical mistakes, delayed diagnoses, and medication errors, impacting patient health and well-being. Our firm specializes in a broad spectrum of medical malpractice cases, reflecting the varied ways in which negligence by a healthcare provider can occur:


  • Delayed Treatment: Cases where necessary medical treatment is unjustly delayed by a medical professional, leading to worsened patient outcomes.


  • Failure to Obtain Informed Consent: Situations where patients are not fully informed about the risks and alternatives of a medical procedure by healthcare providers, depriving them of their right to make an educated decision about their care.


  • Failure to Prevent or Treat Infection: Instances where medical providers fail to prevent hospital-acquired infections or adequately treat infections, causing severe harm or illness to the patient.


  • Medication Errors: Errors in prescribing, dispensing, or administering medication by medical professionals that result in patient harm.


  • Surgical Error: Mistakes made during medical procedures by healthcare providers that could have been prevented, ranging from wrong-site surgery to more grievous errors.


Each of these areas represents a breach of the standard of care owed to patients. At Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb, we are dedicated to addressing these breaches, leveraging our expertise to advocate for those harmed by such negligence.


Secure Your Rights with a New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer from Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb

If you’ve been affected by medical malpractice in New York, don’t face this challenge alone. As seasoned New York medical malpractice lawyers, Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb is here to support you and your family through every step of your claim, from initial consultation to the resolution of your case. Our goal is to ensure you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled under New York medical malpractice damages, facilitating your path to recovery, including covering future medical expenses and medical costs. Contact us today at 800-PAIN-LAW for a free consultation with an experienced lawyer who specializes in representing families and children injured by hospital negligence and birth injury. Let our dedication and expertise in handling medical malpractice cases in New York work for you in securing the justice and compensation you deserve.

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Working with Harris Keenan & Goldfarb

STEP 1Submit Your Case for a Free Evaluation

Provide us with the details of your situation for a comprehensive and free evaluation. It’s important for us to understand the specifics of your case thoroughly. While submission does not guarantee our representation, every case is reviewed meticulously to assess how we can offer our support.

STEP 2We Handle the Details, You Focus on Recovery

If we proceed with your case, our experienced legal team will manage every aspect of your case, allowing you to concentrate on your recovery. From rigorous investigations to handling all negotiations and paperwork, we ensure that every detail is covered with the utmost professionalism and dedication.

STEP 3Pursue Comprehensive Compensation

Should we represent you, our aim is to secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses. This includes covering medical bills, compensating for lost wages, and addressing pain and suffering. We commit to diligently advocating for your rights, striving for a resolution that supports your recovery and future well-being..

How a New York City Injury Lawyer Can Help:


Investigate your case and get the evidence needed to build a strong case


Help submit insurance claims


Make sure you get the medical treatment you need


Communicate and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf


File paperwork and make sure no deadlines are missed


Represent you in court, if necessary


Get full and fair compensation for your injuries and damages

Over $500 Million in Verdicts and Settlements

Our track record showcases over $500 million won for our clients. Each victory underlines our commitment to justice and client care. Explore our impact, case by case.



A Brooklyn jury awarded Mr. Vargas $17.5 million for the City of New York’s violation of his civil rights for failing to provide him medical care while in custody. The jury found that the police officers involved failed to provide the necessary medical treatment and awarded $17.5 million to Mr. Vargas.



Harris Keenan & Goldfarb partners Seth Harris and Sheri Holland obtained a $4,730,398.00 jury verdict on behalf of our client who tripped and fell at a private apartment building in the Bronx, suffering a broken foot that developed a very painful, permanent neurological condition called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (“RSD”).



A Bronx jury awarded John Doe over $12 million for an accident on a construction site. John Doe was working when a piece of scaffold weighing 35 pounds fell, striking John Doe in the lower back. John Doe suffered a herniated disc requiring surgical removal of a portion of the disc and permanent nerve damage.



A Bronx jury awarded $10.5 million to the mother of Malcolm Ferguson, who was wrongfully shot and killed by the New York City Police Department. The police officer, Louis Rivera, also a defendant in the case, was found to have used excessive force in violation of Malcolm Ferguson’s civil rights as protected under the United States Constitution.



A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff William Cardoza $4 million for injuries caused by the use of excessive force during an arrest. During the arrest, Mr. Cardoza was pepper-sprayed and repeatedly hit with a police nightstick. As a result, Mr. Cardoza sustained injuries to his hand and finger.



The firm’s client, a 33-year-old teacher’s assistant, was scalded by an espresso machine that exploded while the defendant’s employee was demonstrating how the machine worked. The client was a customer at the defendant’s coffee shop on the date of the accident and suffered first-degree burns to her right (dominant) hand.



The firm represented the mother- decedent and her infant son. During the decedent’s admission to the defendant hospital, the defendant dispensed anesthesia during an epidural to the decedent in an inadequate manner. The mother-decedent suffered personal injuries and wrongful death due to the defendant’s failure to properly administer epidural anesthesia.



Mr.Brennan fell from approximately 25 feet while working on a construction project. He suffered a shattered bone in his right leg requiring surgery and hardware placement. Mr. Brennan also suffered two fractures in his facial bones, and a dislocated finger requiring surgical repair.



The firm’s client was a child with cerebral palsy who was injured as a result of medical malpractice. The firm’s clients claimed improper management of pregnancy, labor, and delivery resulting in brain damage, and received a Brooklyn personal injury settlement.



The firm’s client, a 63-year-old mentally incompetent man, slipped and fell in his own urine while attempting to walk to the bathroom at the defendant’s senior citizen home. The client fractured his hip and as a result is confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The client claimed that the staff of the home failed to properly care for him, and the jury awarded $1,677,835.



The firm’s client, a 47-year-old male, slipped and fell on a public sidewalk in the Bronx. It had snowed four to five days prior to the date of the accident, and the sidewalk was covered with ice. The client suffered a lumbar fracture and a herniated disc. The jury found the city liable and awarded the client a $2,995,000 personal injury settlement in the Bronx.



A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff Luis Molina $2.61 million for injuries sustained when he fell down a subway station stairway. Mr. Molina was caused to slip and fall as a result of a plastic bag that had blown onto the steps from a street opening. As a result of the fall, Mr. Molina suffered a herniated disc and a tear of his right shoulder’s rotator cuff. The jury found that the NYC Transit Authority was liable for the accident.



A Bronx jury awarded Ms. Colon $2.25 million for a trip and fall accident. Ms. Colon was caused to fall when she moved to the right to allow another pedestrian to pass, and her foot rolled to the outside due to the sidewalk being unlevel with the adjoining grass. The jury found the defendant liable and awarded Ms. Colon $2,253,714.00 for her pain and suffering.



A Brooklyn jury awarded Arvella Floyd $1.9 million for a fractured wrist which required multiple surgeries, including an open-reduction internal fixation and a carpal tunnel release. Ms. Floyd was injured when the hot water knob of the shower fell off after numerous complaints to the superintendent, and scalding water spewed toward her, causing her to
fall and break her wrist.



A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff Juanita Young $1,350,000 for injuries caused by the use of excessive force during an arrest. During the arrest, Ms. Young, who is legally blind, was handcuffed from behind, with her children watching, and taken to the top of the stairs to exit the building. The officer proceeded to push her down the stairs multiple times.

What Our Clients Say About Us

Angelo Del GuercioAngelo Del Guercio
20:03 11 May 24
Horrible people. I lost complete confidence in this firm. Attorneys dragged their feet for 4 years and my mom died before a settlement could be reached. I advised them several times that my mom was sick to put fire under their feet but the effort was to no avail.
david Santiagodavid Santiago
18:05 21 Mar 24
Maria RoqueMaria Roque
20:49 15 Mar 24
Excellent person, very Professional, they assist you in any language, your call is always answered. I recommend you for any case of support you have, your refund is satisfactory. and fast
14:09 02 Mar 24
I am completely satisfied, and recommend Harris Keenan & Goldfarb as Attorneys to represent anyone. Their care for me physically, and overall helped me stay strong in spite of my injuries. Always available to answer questions, and inform.They got me Justice, and achieved a substantial outcome for my case.I am very impressed, and thankful for their outstanding performance on my behalf.I am very pleased, and significantly satisfied with their representation.‐-Sherylon Wilkins
Robert LennonRobert Lennon
15:26 21 Feb 24
Patient and diligence is how I describe the effort of HKG the work was thorough, honest and fair, I have no complaints. Special thanks to attorney Blake and his paralegal Thierry.
Gene Matos (fanboye)Gene Matos (fanboye)
18:48 15 Jan 24
I first crossed paths with Seth Harris when serving jury duty many years ago. He was so professional and personable, that when my mom was seeking legal counsel for medical malpractice, I told her she had to reach out to his firm. We had meetings with a few different firms, but Harris Keenan & Goldfarb was the only firm that did not try to get us to sign paperwork before even meeting. They took the time to listen and understand our situation before we signed anything, and they were transparent and responsive the whole time. I would like to give special thanks to Samantha Walton, Marla Stein, Val Wallace and Seth Harris for helping my mom through this tough time. They were honest and upfront, and even though Seth Harris wasn't personally on the case, he took the time to meet with us and give us his thoughts on it.
Solange IsaacSolange Isaac
17:52 08 Jan 24
I am pleased with the services provided by Ms Sheri on my case. The team at Harris, Keenan, & Goldfarb were very nice and explained everything to me. Everything that I had questions on they answered without frustration and were prompt and knowledgeable.6 years ago I had a slip and fall accident at my employers place of business. I reached out to them because I knew that I was being wrongfully treated. They took care of the case, restored my self confidence, and brought so much peace to my problem riddled life.I can recommend without a shadow of a doubt the services of Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb to anyone who is in need of someone who will have your back!
Brittany DempseyBrittany Dempsey
16:02 08 Jan 24
My mother had an accident with her ankle back in 2019. I immediately contacted Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb on the day of the accident. They were extremely prompt and helpful. They attended to my mother's case beautifully and she's been recovering well. I'd like to thank you for being so diligent, kind and above all professional. I'd recommend this law firm to anyone who are injured and in need of legal assistance. My mother, Andrea, and I thank you for everything.
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Delayed Treatment

When timely medical intervention is crucial, any delay in treatment can exacerbate a patient’s condition, leading to preventable complications or even worsening the prognosis. Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb champions the rights of patients who have suffered due to such delays, recognizing the critical importance of swift, accurate medical response to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Our firm is committed to holding healthcare providers accountable when their failure to act promptly results in significant harm to patients. By meticulously investigating each case and consulting with medical experts, we strive to demonstrate the causative link between the delayed treatment and the adverse effects experienced by our clients, ensuring they receive the justice and compensation they deserve.

Delay Treatment

Failure to Obtain Informed Consent

Informed consent is a cornerstone of ethical medical practice, ensuring that patients are fully aware of the risks, benefits, and alternatives to proposed treatments. Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb advocates for individuals who have been subjected to medical procedures without a proper understanding of what those procedures entailed, thereby being deprived of their fundamental right to make informed decisions about their health.

Our approach involves a thorough review of the consent process, highlighting instances where healthcare professionals have neglected their duty to communicate effectively with patients. We emphasize the significance of patient autonomy and the right to information, fighting to rectify the injustice of uninformed consent through diligent legal representation and advocacy.

Failure to Obtain Informed Consent

Failure to Prevent or Treat Infection

Hospital-acquired infections can have devastating consequences, transforming routine medical care into life-threatening situations. At Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb, we understand the severity of infections that could have been prevented or effectively treated with proper medical protocols and hygiene practices. Our firm stands up for victims of such oversight, asserting their right to safe and competent healthcare environments.

We meticulously investigate the circumstances surrounding each case of infection, pinpointing lapses in infection control measures and the failure to administer timely treatment. Our goal is to ensure that those affected by preventable infections receive comprehensive compensation for their suffering and to promote higher standards of infection prevention and care in medical facilities.

Failure to Prevent or Treat Infection

Medication Errors

Medication errors, from incorrect prescriptions to faulty administration, can have severe and sometimes fatal consequences for patients. Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb is dedicated to representing individuals who have suffered due to such errors, emphasizing the critical nature of accurate medication management in patient care.

Our firm thoroughly investigates each incident, from the point of prescription to the delivery of medication, to uncover and challenge the errors made by healthcare professionals. We are committed to securing rightful compensation for our clients, while also advocating for improved medication safety practices across the healthcare industry.

Medication Errors

Surgical Error

Surgical errors, ranging from operating on the wrong site to leaving instruments inside the patient, represent severe breaches of patient trust and safety. Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb takes a firm stand against such negligence, supporting victims in their quest for justice and compensation. Our legal team works tirelessly to expose the mistakes made during surgery and to hold responsible parties accountable.

By collaborating with medical experts and employing a detailed investigative approach, we aim to demonstrate the direct impact of surgical errors on our clients’ lives. Our dedication extends beyond individual cases, as we strive for systemic changes that enhance surgical protocols and patient safety measures.


Surgical Error

Wrongful Amputation

The irreversible nature of wrongful amputation inflicts profound physical and emotional trauma on victims, forever altering their lives. Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb is deeply committed to advocating for those who have endured such catastrophic errors, ensuring their voices are heard and their losses acknowledged in the pursuit of justice.

Our legal team approaches each wrongful amputation case with the utmost sensitivity and determination, seeking to illustrate the egregiousness of the mistake and its lifelong implications for our clients. We are dedicated to securing the maximum compensation, facilitating a degree of recovery and adaptation to a new way of life for those affected by such profound medical errors.

Wrongful Amputation

Medical Malpractice FAQ: Essential Insights from New York Lawyers

Understanding the complexities of medical malpractice cases can be overwhelming, especially when dealing with the aftermath of medical negligence. At Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb, we believe in empowering our clients with the knowledge to navigate their legal journey confidently. Below are FAQs designed to provide a brief and general overview for those seeking legal help in a New York medical malpractice case. For more detailed information or specific guidance, we encourage contacting a New York medical malpractice lawyer from our firm for a free case review at 800-PAIN-LAW .

  • What constitutes medical malpractice in New York?

    Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider deviates from the accepted standards of care, resulting in harm to a patient. This can include errors in diagnosis, treatment, aftercare, or health management. In New York, proving medical malpractice requires demonstrating that the provider’s negligence directly caused injury or harm that would not have otherwise occurred.

  • How long do I have to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in New York?

  • What types of compensation can I seek in a medical malpractice case?

  • Do I really need a lawyer to handle my medical malpractice claim?

  • How does Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb approach medical malpractice cases?

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