assembly Bill A3130

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Limits the amount which may be awarded for noneconomic damages

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May 17, 2016 held for consideration in judiciary
Jan 06, 2016 referred to judiciary
Jan 22, 2015 referred to judiciary

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A3130 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Judiciary
Law Section:
Civil Practice Law and Rules
Laws Affected:
Add Art 50-C ยงยง5051 & 5052, CPLR
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A1883
2011-2012: A3444
2013-2014: A5336

A3130 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Defines "noneconomic damages" and limits such damages in personal injury actions to the greater of $250,000, or the amount awarded in economic damages, or projected earnings as a function of the state average annual wage as determined by the department of taxation and finance; specifially defines such damages.

A3130 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3130

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 22, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. CORWIN -- read once and referred to the Committee
  on Judiciary

AN ACT to amend the civil practice law and rules, in relation to setting
  certain  limits  on  noneconomic damage awards for personal injury and
  wrongful death actions

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Legislative  intent.  The legislature of the state of New
York finds and declares that  noneconomic  damage  awards  for  personal
injury  and wrongful death are often arbitrary and bear little relation-
ship to the severity of the injury for which compensation is sought. The
purpose of this act is to set certain limitations on noneconomic  damage
awards  for  personal  injury  and wrongful death actions.  These limits
would not apply in cases where gross negligence is found by a  court  or
jury.
  S 2. The civil practice law and rules is amended by adding a new arti-
cle 50-C to read as follows:
                              ARTICLE 50-C
               LIMITATION ON DAMAGES, NONECONOMIC DAMAGES
SECTION 5051. DEFINITIONS.
        5052. DAMAGE AWARDS.
  S 5051. DEFINITIONS. AS USED IN THIS ARTICLE:
  1.  "NONECONOMIC DAMAGES" MEANS SUBJECTIVE, NONPECUNIARY DAMAGES ARIS-
ING FROM PAIN, SUFFERING, INCONVENIENCE, PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT OR  DISFIG-
UREMENT, MENTAL ANGUISH, EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, LOSS OF SOCIETY AND COMPAN-
IONSHIP, LOSS OF CONSORTIUM, INJURY TO REPUTATION, HUMILIATION AND OTHER
NONPECUNIARY DAMAGES.
  2.  "ACTUAL  ECONOMIC  DAMAGES" MEANS OBJECTIVELY VERIFIABLE PECUNIARY
DAMAGES ARISING FROM MEDICAL EXPENSES AND MEDICAL CARE, LOSS OF EARNINGS
AND EARNING CAPACITY, BURIAL COSTS, LOSS OF USE OF  PROPERTY,  COSTS  OF
REPAIR  OR REPLACEMENT OF PROPERTY, COSTS OF OBTAINING SUBSTITUTE DOMES-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04587-01-5

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