Campson & Campson, a New York-based law firm, announces its support for the “Grieving Families Act.” The company has been providing litigation services for victims of cases related to accidents, abuse, and work injuries. The firm also handles toxic lead and mold cases from negligent landlords. Established in 1999 by Paul Campson, the company has settled over 2,500 cases. Joining Paul in leading the company is his wife Dawn.
Currently, the firm is working with the New York administration to sign the Grieving Families Act. According to the act, families are entitled to compensation for the emotional losses they experienced following the death of a loved one. It seeks to change the present law, which was passed in 1847 and states that families can only receive compensation for costs directly associated with the death of a loved one, like lost wages and funeral costs. Non-financial losses like pain and suffering are not taken into account by the current law.
The existing law also disregards the contributions of family members who may not have earned high wages. It also treats high salary earners as more important because they contributed significantly to the family’s finances before their deaths. The Grieving Families Act seeks to take into account any additional, non-monetary contributions the victim provided to the family.
The current law also ignores the contributions of family members who may not have been high-wage earners, such as children or disabled elders, treating high-wage earners as more valuable because they made significant financial contributions to the family before death.
Moreover, the existing law does not usually recognize other close relatives even if they were close to the deceased. It only allows select family members to get compensation. The proposed legislation would increase the number of family members who are eligible to file lawsuits to include spouses, domestic partners, parents, grandparents, stepparents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. A jury could decide who counts as a close relative.
“The Senate Bill S74A, also known as the “Grieving Families Act” (GFA) is set to vastly expand compensable damages in wrongful death actions. The current, archaic law has been on the books, with no updates, since 1847,” said Paul.
As a law firm that has been at the forefront of helping families, Campson & Campson works tirelessly with the people to support the act. Paul leverages his extensive experience as a trial lawyer, a past member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association’s Board of Directors, and a contributor to legal magazines like On The Case and Trial Lawyers Quarterly in lobbying for the “Grieving Families Act.”
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About Campson & Campson
Campson & Campson is an injury and accident law firm that focuses on two things – its clients’ well-being and delivering the best results possible, no matter the opposition or circumstances. Established by Paul Campson in 1999, the company offers legal counsel for cases such as personal or work accidents, abuse, toxic substance, and injuries.
Paul often serves as “Trial Counsel” to other law firms and successfully litigates their difficult cases. Articles about Paul and his cases have appeared in the New York Law Journal, New York Jury Verdict, The New York Post, The Journal News, and The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Paul was recognized for his pro bono work on behalf of the victims of 9-11 by both the Trial Lawyers of America and Trial Lawyers Care. Additionally, Paul was a member of The United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union and as such, brings a unique understanding of construction accidents and the dangers of the workplace.