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Lawmakers Seek to Compensate Emotional Loss Through Overhaul of Wrongful Death Statute

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Lawmakers Seek to Compensate Emotional Loss Through Overhaul of Wrongful Death Statute

Lawmakers in New York are seeking to expand the state’s wrongful death statute to allow compensation for things like grief or loss of love and companionship in this year’s legislative session.

The state’s current laws only allow individuals to seek compensation based on the amount of potential income lost from the death of a loved one, which can often place limits on litigation.

“Essentially, our legal system values the life of wealthy individuals more than a child or a senior, or a person with a disability,” State Sen. Brad Hoylman said.

By Dan M. Clark [Law]