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Hawaii Man Whose Family Sued Army Medical Center for Medical Malpractice due to Allegedly Negligent Infant Care Passes Away at 66 Years Old


The tragic news of the passing of a man who became the epicenter of a medical malpractice lawsuit when he was only a small child has spread across the State of Hawaii and has hit the mainland full-force. According to local news reports, Hawaii News Now, Mark Fernandez’s family brought a lawsuit against Tripler Army Medical Center over 40 years ago due to the allegedly negligent medical care that Mr. Fernandez received when he was an infant. Reports indicate that in 1979, after Mr. Fernandez was born, Mr. Fernandez’ family brought a civil medical malpractice lawsuit against Tripler Army Medical Center for allegedly failing to provide Mr. Fernandez with a required and medically necessary blood transfusion when Mr. Fernandez was just an infant. Mr. Fernandez’s family members alleged at the time that the negligent medical treatment by Tipler caused Mr. Fernandez to suffer from developmental disabilities, loss of hearing, and inability to care for himself independently. Of Mr. Fernandez’s condition, his twin brother Wayne said, “He could live a life with me being with him, but the everyday things of food, medical, taking him to the doctor, making sure his prescriptions and everything were done, but the everyday [sic] me and my wife had to do that.”

Mr. Fernandez’s medical malpractice lawsuit, brought by certain members of his family, ultimately was dismissed due to being time-barred by the statute of limitations. Mr. Fernandez ultimately passed away after he suffered a heart attack. He was 66 years old at the time of his death.

Time Limits for Bringing a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in New York City

It is important for New York City medical patients and residents to understand that in New York City, there is also a limited time for bringing a claim for medical malpractice against a negligent doctor. Under New York laws, an action for medical malpractice must be brought within two years and six months. This means that the victim of a doctor’s medical malpractice must file a lawsuit in court within a period of no longer than two years and six months, or their claim may be forever barred by the statute of limitations. Of course, in order to determine the statute of limitations deadline in your New York City medical malpractice case, it is best to speak with an experienced New York City medical malpractice lawyer about your rights and options as soon as possible. Sometimes there are exceptions to the general rule, and that’s why its so important to speak with us as soon as possible.

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If you are in New York City and you or a loved one were injured by a doctor’s medical malpractice, contact the experienced New York City medical malpractice lawyers at the law office of Michael Gunzburg, P.C. The experienced New York City medical malpractice lawyers at the law firm of Michael Gunzburg, P.C. are here to help New York City patients get compensation for their injuries caused by negligent medical professionals. Contact the law office of Michael Gunzburg, P.C. and speak to an experienced lawyer about your rights and options for justice today.


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