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New York Post-Thanks for the doctors, New York

 

Texas attorney Joseph M. Nixon’s piece in the New York Post this week tells the story of two New York doctors who fled New York’s horrendous legal climate for doctor-friendly Texas, where medical liability rates are much lower.  New York taxpayers paid to educate and train these doctors, but New York law forced them to practice somewhere else.

Since 2003, medical liability rates in New York have increased more than 60 percent; in Texas, they’ve dropped by 54 percent.  According to the Texas Medical Board records,  since September 2003, when Texas voters approved the Proposition 12 medical-liability reforms 1,271 New York physicians have begun practicing in Texas.

New York needs these medical-liability reforms before ALL of our doctors leave the state!

 

 

Minivan-drownings suit could cost taxpayers plenty

We as New Yorkers were devastated when we heard the tragic news that LaShanda Armstrong killed herself and three of her four children on April 12 when she drove her minivan into the Hudson River.

But New Yorkers should be outraged at the recent news that LaShanda’s estranged boyfriend, Jean Pierre, is suing both the City of Newburgh and Orange County for $40 million each. Ms. Armstrong’s death and the death of her children were a horrific tragedy and a devastating loss, but they should not be an opportunity for a lawsuit.

 

Once again, strong support for LRANY can be seen in the comments section.

Read more of this op-ed written by our Executive Director Tom Stebbins in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Pay for Lawsuits Before They’ve Been Filed?

The proposal by state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to set up a lawsuit slush fund paid for by fees from gas drillers shows how backward New York’s legal system really is.  To ask businesses to pay for lawsuits that do not exist is to pour blood in the water and invite trial attorneys to file lawsuits against the fund.

Mr. DiNapoli asserts that preventing accidents is the “first priority,” but this fund will not make drill sites safer, indeed, if businesses have to pay for damages whether or not an accident has occurred, the fund may have the opposite effect and once again stand in the way of economic development.

Letter to the Editor, Comments Show Broad Support for LRANY

Last week, LRANY’s Executive Director Tom Stebbins’ letter to the editor was picked up in papers across New York, from Westchester to Buffalo.  This week, two responses have run and both show broad support for LRANY’s position.  One, from the president of the Trial Lawyers Association, is not surprisingly negative, but the comment section reveals that most people favor the reforms presented by our Executive Director.  The other from Carole Schubert of Owego strongly endorses LRANY’s position.

This widespread support for fairness and common sense is a positive sign for New York State and will continue to grow with your help!

‘Lawsuit lottery’ must be limited

The recent Washington County home explosion which killed five is being investigated but not just by the proper authorities but also by a local law firm looking, on behalf of the victims’ families, for someone to sue.  Surely, if there was negligence or wrongdoing in this instance, someone should be held accountable the victims compensation but when a law firm is doing the investigation, can we really trust that their findings will be that objective?

Click here to read a letter to the editor in the Albany Times Union written by our Executive Director, Tom Stebbins.

New York’s litigation-friendly laws hurt business

Most everyone would agree that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been uniquely successful in getting his agenda passed through a Legislature that was completely dysfunctional not too long ago.

So, what’s next? Reforming New York’s antiquated and stifling legal system has wide support and would provide millions in economic development at no cost to the state. By enacting lawsuit reform the government will stimulate the economy and save money, since municipalities are often the target of lawsuit abuse.

Read more of this op-ed written by our Executive Director Tom Stebbins here.

“New Yorkers Should Not Be Asked to Choose Between Patient Safety and Tort Reform. They Deserve Both.”

Dr. Howard Minkoff, the chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Maimonides Medical Center, wrote a great op-ed in the Sunday, April 17 Times Union which points out the disingenuous nature of the arguments against malpractice reform in New York State.  Click here to see the whole article.  LRANY continues to work to keep this critical issue alive in the Legislature.  Keep posted for more details!

New Budget a Failure for New Yorkers but a Victory for the Lawyers

(ALBANY)  The budget agreement announced between Governor Cuomo and the leadership of the New York State Senate and Assembly does a disservice to all New Yorkers by ignoring one of the key elements of Governor Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign task – the establishment of a cap on non-economic damages in medical liability cases.

“This budget hands a huge victory to New York’s personal injury lawyers while the rest of us will lose,” said Francesca Sommer, executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York State (LRANY).  “Health care costs will continue to rise, doctors will continue to flee the State and the message has been sent that many of our politicians still remain in the clutches of the lawyers’ special interests.”

Governor Cuomo should be applauded for taking the initiative and having the courage to initially propose these historic reforms.  LRANY members and all New Yorkers take some solace in knowing that New York’s chief executive recognizes the need for lawsuit reform in our state.

“We will continue to work to educate New Yorkers and their elected officials about the opportunity that was missed here.  We have a budget deal that puts the health care and livelihood of millions of New Yorkers at risk … but not the lawyers,” said Sommer.