Governor Kathy Hochul has vetoed the ‘Grieving Families Act’ for the second time, a bill that sought to reform New York State’s 175-year-old wrongful death statute.
The proposed legislation aimed to ease the process for families to seek legal recourse in cases of wrongful death due to negligence, including medical malpractice, by allowing them to sue for emotional damages.
Currently, the law only permits families to claim compensation based on “economic hardship” resulting from the death, not for pain and suffering.
This veto comes amid concerns raised by small businesses, insurance, and healthcare companies, who argue that the change could significantly drive up costs and potentially lead to bankruptcy.
This is the second time Governor Hochul has rejected a version of this bill, citing uncertainties regarding its financial implications and its impact on the healthcare system.
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