Lawyers to rally against plans to cap malpractice damages

Trial lawyers are planning to rally tomorrow at the Westchester County Courthouse to oppose a state budget plan that would limit medical malpractice damages to $250,000.

The lawyer want lawmakers to remove the malpractice “cap” because it does not take into consideration the severity of the victim’s injuries.
State lawmakers are set to vote on the budget on April 1.

“This gathering is part of a collected effort by New York State attorneys to protect future victims of medical malpractice,” Scarsdale attorney Anthony Pirrotti, Jr. said in a statement. “Victims who no longer receive fair and equitable compensation from insurance companies will become more dependent on the state for support.”

The rally will be from 1 to 2 p.m.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.