NEW YORK, May 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorneys David Perecman and Zachary Perecman spent the day up in Albany with New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) this week where they met with assemblymen, assemblywomen, and senators to lobby for a variety of issues.
NYSTLA supports bills that address the need for adequate insurance and consumer protection. For example, raising the minimum level of required insurance from $25k to $250k. The minimum required insurance has been stagnating at $25k since 1996. Many people purchase only what is minimally required, which often proves very inadequate in cases of serious injuries.
Grieving Families' Law
As it stands currently, plaintiffs can only recover money for economic damages in wrongful death cases. There is no recourse for recovering emotional harm or grief compensation after the loss of a loved one. Laws like this are nearing extinction, leaving New York as one of the last remaining holdouts.
Fair Claims Settlement
The Perecman Firm lobbied for fair claims settlement legislation. All insurance companies have a duty to act in good faith toward their policyholders. NYSTLA and Lobby Day attendants support the passage of legislation that would promote insurance claims fairness. Such a law would provide a cause of action against insurance companies for bad faith practices dealing with insurance claims and will provide an incentive for companies to pay promptly on claims when the policyholder is entitled to payment.
Lavern's Law: Date of Discovery
When Lavern Wilkinson went to the hospital for chest pain, doctors found a mass in her lung, but Lavern never heard about it. Some time later, upon going back to that hospital, Lavern was informed that the cancer had metastasized to an untreatable level. Lavern lost her battle with cancer, leaving behind a special needs daughter. Her eponymous law would strengthen the rights of medical malpractice victims to hold hospitals accountable in court. The Date of Discovery rule would allow the statute of limitations for medical malpractice, which is two-and-a-half years, to start to run from the date that the plaintiff discovered or reasonably should have discovered the malpractice.
Along with NYSTLA, The Perecman Firm's goal is to defend the civil justice system and the rights of New Yorkers. Lobby Day allowed the two attorneys to extend their advocacy beyond the courtroom. To learn more about The Perecman Firm, visit http://www.perecman.com/ or call (212) 577-9325.
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