May 21, 2019 was “Lobby Day,” an internal observance where non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and citizens meet with public officials, politicians, and their representatives to advocate for legislation relevant to civil justice.
In support of Lobby Day, The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. Attorney Sagar Chadha traveled to Albany with the New York State Trial Lawyers Association to represent our firm in meeting with lawmakers about legislation that protects victims and consumers in New York.
As Civil Trial Lawyers who fight for the injured and the wronged, we believe in the power of advocacy, and the role it plays in our democracy and civil justice system. Just as lobbying can be used by unscrupulous corporations to influence policies which benefit their private interests, the collective efforts of those who care about protecting civil rights can also shape and define the policies which ultimately affect us all.
From long-standing battles over so-called “Tort Reform” and damages caps to new victories in legislation concerning sexual abuse, corporate accountability, and consumer privacy, the contributions of advocates are invaluable.
Here are a few of the laws covered during Attorney Chadha’s meetings:
Grieving Families Act: Access to Justice (S.4006 Hoylman/A.5612 Weinstein)
If passed, this bill would update the state’s wrongful death statute and allow a family who has lost a loved one to recover financially for pain and suffering.
Auto Insurance Modernization (A.3896 Hyndman)
This bill would increase the minimum auto insurance requirements in New York State$250,000/$500,000/$25,000. The current minimums of $25,000/$50,000/$10,000 were last updated in 1995, close to 25 years ago.
The Construction Insurance Transparency Act – “Scaffold Safety Sunshine Law” (S.465 Lanza/A.5980 Bronson)
This bill would require construction insurance companies to publicly disclose information used to set their premiums, and provide an independent means of gathering data to evaluate the industry and financial basis of rate-setting policies.
The “Scaffold Safety Sunshine Law” is particularly important, and was created in response to opponents of the Scaffold Law who argue for comparative negligence and claim the Scaffold Law costs construction insurance companies millions upon millions of dollars in “frivolous” lawsuits. If passed, the bill would force these companies to provide financial proof to their arguments.
The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. fights for justice in and out of the courtroom. If you have questions about a construction accident or civil injury case, contact us to speak with an attorney.