Richard S. Scanlan, Esq.

Richard S. Scanlan, Esq.

Richard Scanlan has provided New York victims of negligence and Medical Malpractice with skillful and aggressive legal representation from his Westchester County offices for over 20 years.

Firm Overview

Main Office
Main Office
245 Main Street
White Plains  NY  10601
  • (914) 949-2560
Medical Malpractice
Upfront fees or charges to clients for consultation are non-existent. The firm is paid attorneys fees on a contingency basis, without exception, as is strictly enforced by New York statutes and court rules.
My practice is limited to plaintiff's personal injury and medical malpractice.

SOME SUCCESSFUL REPORTED CASES (parties and/or citations
available upon request):

Unnecessary gastrectomy due to misdiagnosis of cancer.

Brain stem compression due to undiagnosed brain tumor.

Injuries due to EMS negligence in transporting patient.

Right arm paralysis due to left parietal bleed from improperly
placed intracranial pressure monitor.

Heart punctured while attempting a radio frequency cardiac

Wrongful death due to ER failure to diagnose symptoms of ischemic heart disease.

Wrongful death due to ER failure to diagnose & treat pulmonary

Wrongful death due to hosp. failure to diagnose & treat silent MI in cardiac patient.

Wrongful death due to cardiopulmonary neglect in ICU.

Wrongful death due to neglectful cardiac care post-ortho surgery.

Wrongful death due to suicidal resident who jumped from upper

Unnecessary hysterectomy & damage to pudental nerve & rectal
sphincter muscles during rectocele repair.

Loss of foot due to hosp. failure to treat gangrenous abscess in diabetic patient.

Unnecessary loss of metatarsal bone due to failure to timely
treat onset of post-op osteomyelitis.

Nursing home injuries from falls due to neglect in supervision.

Sexual assault of adult home resident.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

This was a natural outgrowth in dealing with personal injuries related to trauma and other insults to the human body. After successfully handling personal injury cases referred by other lawyers, medical malpractice cases were then referred and handled with the same success. Eventually, it was determined that medical malpractice presented far more challenging issues and was far more rewarding in terms of day-to-day satisfaction in dealing with the medical aspects of a case and the results achieved for the client.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

While education counts, and in most instances the credentials of most lawyers look good on paper, the distinguishing characteristics which separate lawyers is their experience. This is detailed or illustrated in the "Firm Specialties" of the PROFILE.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

A client can be assured that the lawyer handling his or her case is accessible, and there will be continuity of contact throughout the case. That is, from the initial client intake, review and analysis of the medical records and diagnostic studies, court appearances, preparation of witnesses and conduct of depositions, and preparation of experts and testimony at trial. In other words, there will not be different lawyers for different aspects of the case. The client has the comfort and security of knowing that there is one person in charge rather than multiple hands.

Richard S. Scanlan

Over 20 years of trial experience in private practice.
Former Assistant Attorney General, New York State Attorney
General's Office, defending the State in medical malpractice
claims brought against State hospitals, and personal injury
claims brought against the State Police, Parks and other

NYU School of Law, Masters of Law (LLM).
New York Law School, Juris Doctor (JDr).
NYU Washington Square College of Arts & Science(BA).

All courts in the State of New York.
United States Supreme Court.
U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal for 2nd and 3rd Circuits.
U.S. Federal Districts Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
U.S. Federal District Court for the State of New Jersey.

Professional Associations:
American Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
New York State Trial Lawyers Association
New York County Lawyers Association
Bronx County Bar Association
Westchester County Bar Association
Columbian Lawyers Association of Westchester County
White Plains Bar Association

Civic Associations:
Rotary Club of White Plains (Past President)

  • Bar Number: NY State Bar Ass'n #
    New York , 1968
  • New York Law School
    J.Dr. , 1968
  • NYU
    BA , 1964
  • NYU Graduate Law School
    LLM , 1972

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