“no Bill Can Ever Bring Back My Wife,” Said Michael Dreifuss, Whose Spouse Died Of Misdiagnosed Cancer In 2008.

Under legislation passed by the Senate and the Assembly on Wednesday, patients who are misdiagnosed would have two and a half years from the date they discover the error to file suit. Currently, the clock starts running when the error is made — for example, a tumor shows up on a scan but a doctor misreads it. By the time some patients learn that they have cancer (sometimes years later), not only is treatment delayed but the opportunity to bring litigation has passed. Relatives of cancer victims commended the Legislature’s action. “No bill can ever bring back Medical marijuana my wife,” said Michael Dreifuss, whose spouse died of misdiagnosed cancer in 2008. “But I am thankful that the Senate passed a bill that ensures that no other person whose cancer is misdiagnosed will be victimized a second time by the legal system.” Lawmakers and Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, also agreed on a “buy American” bill that would require several state authorities and agencies, including the Transportation Department, to buy steel and iron products from companies based in the United States. And in an odd coda to a long day of bill-passing, John J. Flanagan, a Long Island Republican who is the Senate majority leader, introduced a bill to rename the Tappan Zee Bridge for Governor Cuomo’s father, Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, who died in 2015.

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