What is the statute of limitations for medical malpractice lawsuits in New York?

Medical malpractice has a different statute of limitations in New York. The general rule is that medical malpractice cases must be brought within two-and–a-half years from the date that the medical malpractice occurred. However, if the doctor left something inside of your body (for example, a surgical sponge)  then you may have a longer period of time in which to bring your claim. Likewise, if the doctor who committed the malpractice provided continuing or ongoing treatment, the statute of limitations may be extended.