On the last day of the regular legislative session this year, both the New York State Assembly and Senate passed a bill that would help victims of cancer misdiagnoses hold negligent doctors and hospitals accountable. The legislation is a version of what has been called "Lavern's Law", after Lavern Wilkinson.
Despite strong support from the New York Assembly, State Senate, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, this past summer Senate majority leader John. J. Flanagan rejected a bill, Lavern's Law, that would have afforded many medical malpractice victims their opportunity to bring a cause of action.