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What is a "Summons & Complaint?"

Posted by attorney Gerald Oginski

New York Medical Malpractice & Personal Injury Trial Attorney

Phone: 516-487-8207


What are the two documents needed in order to start a lawsuit involving medical malpractice, accidents or a wrongful death case in New York?

The answer is a "Summons and complaint."

What exactly are those documents?

A summons is a piece of paper that alerts you to the fact that you are being sued. It tells you you have a specific time within which to answer the allegations contained in a document known as a "Complaint."

For example, in an accident case there will be allegations of negligence. In a medical malpractice case you will see allegations of medical malpractice and also negligence. In a wrongful death case you may see multiple allegations including wrongful death, negligence and/or medical malpractice.

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Here's a cardiac malpractice case where I was able to achieve a $6 million dollar settlement for my client:

Here's a foot surgery case where a Westchester, NY jury awarded my client $1.55 million dollars for her pain and suffering:

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If you have legal questions, I invite you to pick up the phone and call me at 516-487-8207 or by email at This is what I do every day and I'd be happy to chat with you.

Law Office of Gerald Oginski

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Great Neck, NY 11021



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