The Empire Center’s EJ McMahon wrote a letter to the editor published in The Poughkeepsie Journal calling for legal reforms, including the Scaffold Law.
“Legal reforms — like updating the antiquated Scaffold Law — translate to mandate relief for all aspects of our economy. Doctors, patients and public institutions are directly impacted by New York’s litigation friendly medical policies. A recent study showed that, in 2015, New York had the highest per capita medical liability payouts in the nation, a figure higher than the payouts of the entire Midwest. This could be partially remedied by aligning New York’s standards for expert testimony with those used in other states; a simple fix that would prevent “junk science” from entering our courtrooms.”