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Commentary: Wrongful-death liability bill is the wrong plan for New York

July 19, 2022 10:26 AM | Anonymous

Parag Mehta, MD - MSSNY President

Not very long ago, New York’s physicians and other health care workers were cheered as heroes for their efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. They risked their lives for their patients. They risked the lives of their loved ones as they provided this care.  

Many physicians were sickened, and some died. Countless physicians continue to wear the emotional scars from these overwhelming circumstances. 

However, the cheers are long forgotten.

Now the physicians of New York face a potential new disaster, due to a well-intentioned — but egregiously harmful — bill recently passed by the New York state Legislature. 

The recent legislation would exponentially increase the damages that are awardable under New York’s wrongful-death statute. One actuarial study concluded the increased damages and the new lawsuits this bill would trigger would increase liability insurance costs for New York’s doctors and hospitals by nearly 40 percent.

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