Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin – Letter: Lawmakers, lawyers love to add more liability

Kozzi-for-signature-883 X 588Last week, the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin published a piece written by LRANY’s Executive Director, Thomas B. Stebbins, pointing to the issue of liability expanding legislation.

An excerpt:

“At the close of the 2014 legislative session, New York lawmakers passed a bill that makes hosts liable for assisting guests in need of emergency medical attention. Unfortunately, the legislature failed to address why New Yorkers may be hesitant to help — they worry that their assistance will lead to a lawsuit.

Albany has passed so many liability-expanding laws over the years that New Yorkers can’t help but wonder if the next time they see the person they helped will be in the courtroom. The response to all of this? More liability.

Fear of lawsuits is why New York schools are prohibiting balls at recess. Fear of lawsuits is why Halloween costumes are labeled “does not enable user to fly.” Fear of lawsuits is why the cost of medical care in New York far outpaces other states. Enough is enough.”

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