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Edward A. Ruffo
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  • My father had his right lung removed (cancer) and died due to post surgical complications. Question about informed consent?

    During the lung removal surgery the tumor was found to be larger than originally thought. He went in thinking it was Stage 1 cancer. Turned out he was stage 4. It was also discovered that the tumor was in the superior vena cava and a vascular su...

    Edward’s Answer

    Proving a lack of informed consent claim requires convincing a jury that if you were told of the risks you would not have proceeded with the treatment. if the doctors came out during the surgery and told you the cancer had spread to a major vessel and we need to get a vascular surgeon in on this to save his life but it may be quite risky, most jurors would believe that you would consent and take the risks. Thats what makes these cases difficult.

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  • What can I do? My son's testicle was removed in error

    My son's right testicle was not descended- it was in groin rather than the scrotum. we agreed to surgery to correct it. After 2 weeks we realized that though the right testicle was corrected, his left testicle is gone- was removed in the process. ...

    Edward’s Answer

    I am sorry to hear about this result and yes the undescending of a testicle should NEVER result in removal of the correctly desended testicle without explanation. You should contact a local AVVO attorney to handle the case as soon as possible

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  • Can I sue the hospital for negligence? If I have case, do I need proof?

    My mom had a colon surgery about 4 weeks ago, (still in icu) and after two weeks surgery, she was improving( from dialsys, antibotics, medicine, etc.) food was feeding thru tube was okay for a few days too. she was breathing heavily though, but o...

    Edward’s Answer

    I am sorry to hear about this event and hope she is able to rebound and recover. As an icu patient on a feeding tube there should have been enough watchfulness to prevent a problem arising from the feeding tube like the one you describe . Best course is to hire an experienced medical malpractice attorney to prepare to get the records and determine if the Department of Health should be called in to investigate the occurence

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  • Wrongful death lawsuit question

    When a wrongful death occurs in a city hospital, how long does a court usually take to process an application to appoint an "administrator" for the estate of the deceased? And does the 90-day statute of limitation to file a notice of claim get tol...

    Edward’s Answer

    There is a toll but the law in this area is a minefield so its best to consult a seasoned malpractice attorney immediately to evaluate the case

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  • Can someone refer me to a seasoned surgical malpractice attorney licensed and practicing in NY?

    In Aug of 2013 I underwent a sinuplasty in NYC. After a five hour surgery that was only supposed to take two, I woke up with a completely different face. He Signifigantly altered the shape, size and placement of my nose without my consent and fail...

    Edward’s Answer

    Sinuplasty is a new form of surgical sinus treatment and should not result in a cosmetic defect or fractures of any bones that comprise the maxillary sinus cavities. Since there is only about six moths to go before its too late , you should contact a medical malpractice attorney and try to obtain your medical records so the case can be expeditiously reviewed. One of the AVVO attorneys here with medical malpractice experience would be a good start.

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  • If my child was slightly bitten from a pittbull can I still sue for damages

    3 unleashed pittbulls came to my property chased my 9 yr old and mutilated her bike.. one bit her on the rear slightly.she.was treated in ER and released with antibiotics . .she has little scaring.. i followed through case in animal crt..worked...

    Edward’s Answer

    Consult an attorney to find out if the owner of the dogs have coverage to justify a claim . Pitbulls are deemed inherently dangerous so there is likely a valid claim and hope she makes a full recovery

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  • How to change a pi lawyer

    involved in a major mva,signed w a lawyer,they filed a suit,but having difficulty with the legal assistant who seems overwhelmed in the office and drops the ball with my adjuster ,follow thru,makes mistakes etc. I reported to lawyer and get no whe...

    Edward’s Answer

    Contact a new lawyer and choose a new one that you feel will better meet your needs and the needs of the case. Its reasonable for you to expect the attorney and staff to have knowledge of your claim as well as be able to answer all question you have on a timely basis.

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  • Need a medical malpractice lawyer

    I lost my mother recently due to chronic c.diff infection which she got at the nursing home. The staff was not taking care of her the right way before she went to the hospital. She was given the same food every day. My mother was immobile and was ...

    Edward’s Answer

    These cases can be successful if the Nursing Home records reveal that there was a delay in recognizing and treating the infection which sounds like what may have happened. Contact a malpractice attorney to investigate.

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  • Surgical malpractice

    My 7 month baby girl had open heart surgery in which when I seen her at recovery she has a large nasty burn on her chest the doctor stated that it was a minor skin tear from surgical tape but as it's healing you can clearly see it's a burn I'm ups...

    Edward’s Answer

    The records need to be reviewed to determine the reason for the injury. Skin tears from tape are common and can appear like burns .

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  • Spa steam accident at saloon and scar on my neck. Can I sue the spa?

    I happen to go to a spa to get a facial done. Due to the negligence of the stylist, the steam arm fell on my neck and I was burnt. Now there is a scar on my neck of 1 inch round. They applied few things ( like honey) while at the saloon and apolog...

    Edward’s Answer

    Straightforward case with the value to be determined on the appearance of the scar now and after it has fully healed as well as the cost of any special treatment that might further improve its appearance.

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