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David Perecman and Zachary Perecman attended Lobby Day, where they met with assembly members and senators to lobby for legislation that would protect and promote the rights of New Yorkers.
Attorneys David Perecman and Zachary Perecman had the opportunity to attend New York State Trial Lawyers Association’s (NYSTLA) Lobby Day, where they met with assembly members and senators to lobby for a variety of issues.
Auto fairness was one of those issues. Since 1996, the minimum insurance requirement for New York drivers has been $25k, which is severely inadequate in cases of accidents that cause serious injuries. NYSTLA and The Perecman Firm support upping the minimum insurance to $250k.
Currently, New York is one of the only remaining states that does not allow family members to recover compensation for emotional harm and grief in a wrongful death claim. The Perecman Firm supports expanding the potential for wrongful death recovery from economic damages only to emotional trauma as well.
Every policyholder has a right to receive fair treatment from their insurance company. When insurance companies fail to act in good faith, the policyholders suffer. Lobby Day facilitated an important discussion about 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.
Finally, Lobby Day covered Lavern’s Law regarding Date of Discovery. Lavern Wilkinson sought her doctor’s help after experiencing chest pain. Although doctors found a mass on Lavern’s lung, they failed to tell her. Some time later, when she returned to that same hospital, the cancer had spread and was untreatable. Lavern passed away, leaving behind a special needs daughter. Lavern’s Law would give more power to medical malpractice victims so that they could hold hospitals accountable for negligence 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.
Our driving goal at The Perecman Firm is to fight for the rights of our clients. Lobby Day allowed us to do this outside of the normal confines of our office and the courtroom. We are thankful to have had the opportunity to lobby for such critical issues to New Yorkers.