Kostantinos Mallas Selected to New York Metro Super Lawyers List for the Sixth Consecutive Year

Kostantinos Mallas
Kostantinos Mallas, Partner, Georgaklis & Mallas PLLC

BROOKLYN, NY — Kostantinos Mallas, Partner, Georgaklis & Mallas PLLC, has been recognized by the New York Metro Super Lawyerslist for the sixth year in a row. Acknowledged in the practice areas of Personal Injury — General: Plaintiff and Personal Injury — Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Mr. Mallas is among an exclusive elite of no more than 5% of other lawyers in New York State selected by Super Lawyers.

Before being named to the New York Metro Super Lawyers list for the first time in 2013, Mr. Mallas was named a “Rising Star” in 2011 and 2012. Only 2.5% of all attorneys in the state are named “Rising Stars.”

Mr. Mallas currently heads up the firm’s personal injury department. His most notable accomplishment was his representation of a man awarded $18.6 million for his injuries, of which $16 million was for pain and suffering with the remainder directed toward past and future medical bills — the largest affirmed pain and suffering jury verdict in New York State to date.

Prior to founding the firm, Mr. Mallas was an Associate at Sullivan, Papain, Block, McGrath & Cannavo PC and held the same position at Crasto & Associates PC. He is admitted to practice law in New York and before the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Mr. Mallas has lectured young lawyers on trial techniques for the New York State Trial Lawyers Institute and is an active member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, National Trial Lawyers, Hellenic Lawyers Association, Nathan Sobel Kings County Inns of Court and Bay Ridge Lawyers Association.

Mr. Mallas received his Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies and his Juris Doctor from St. John’s University. He is an active member of many civic organizations, including the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, where he had previously served as President for his local chapter.

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Georgaklis & Mallas PLLC Praises Governor Cuomo for Signing “Lavern’s Law”

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — Kostantinos Mallas, Partner, Georgaklis & Mallas PLLC, says making “Lavern’s Law” a reality will mean that cancer patients who were misdiagnosed may now have more time to seek justice against the physicians and/or hospitals who did not properly determine it was cancer.

On January 29, 2018, the governor met with New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and New York State Assembly Majority Leader Carl Heastie to work out the details of the bill, which was sponsored by New York State Senator John DeFrancisco. As part of the agreement, the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit would be changed from two-and-a-half years from the date that the misdiagnosis occurred to two-and-a-half years from the date the patient learned of the misdiagnosis, up to seven years from the date that the medical error occurred. On February 2, 2018, the governor signed the bill into law.

The bill is named for Lavern Wilkinson, who died of cancer on March 7, 2013. She was admitted to Kings County Hospital on February 2, 2010 for chest pains; an X-ray showed a cancerous mass in her chest, but the radiologist failed to alert Ms. Wilkinson of the discovery. Ms. Wilkinson was readmitted to the hospital in 2012, but, by that time, the cancer had already spread to her body. Her family attempted to sue the hospital after she passed away, but, at the time, the statute of limitations had expired.

“We are glad to see these elected officials come together and fight for the rights of the patients whose misdiagnoses resulted in illness or death after the cancer spread throughout their bodies,” Mr. Mallas says. “This bill will give these cancer victims more time to file lawsuits against the wrongdoers.”

The original version of the bill applied to all medical malpractice cases. That version passed the Assembly in 2015, but did not make it out of the Senate. The new bill only applies to cancer victims. “Had the original version of Lavern’s Law passed, more patients who were misdiagnosed or received poor medical treatment could have gotten the compensation they justly deserved,” Mr. Mallas says. “It is a shame the bill did not make it to the governor’s desk sooner.”

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About Georgaklis & Mallas PLLC

The law office of Georgaklis & Mallas PLLC is a boutique law firm concentrating in the areas of personal injury, real estate and commercial litigation. The firm emphasizes providing legal services in a professional and efficient manner to make your legal process as stress-free as possible. The experienced attorneys at Georgaklis & Mallas PLLC have combined the quality and expertise of larger law firms with the responsiveness and the attention to detail of smaller firms. The firm’s goal is to provide clients with quality legal services while maintaining close personal contact. Georgaklis & Mallas PLLC strives to serve as many people as possible and can accommodate those clients who speak English, Greek, Spanish, Italian, Creole, and Bulgarian. For more information, call (718) 238-2400 or visit www.gmlawny.com.