Florida Supreme Court Upholds $10.3 Million Medical Malpractice Award
The widow of a man who suffered a heart attack and died when his Palms West Hospital doctor failed to give him the anti-clotting drug Retavase will receive the $10.3 million previously awarded, according to a ruling by the Florida Supreme Court this week. The award amount was being disputed due to the $1 million medical malpractice cap put in place in Florida months after the man’s death.
The court referred to a decision rendered in July when it determined the award cap could not be applied retroactively. The man died in 2003, however, the lawsuit was not filed until 2005. The defense argued the time of lawsuit should be used and thus, the cap limits should apply.
The award amount had also been upheld by the Fourth District Court of Appeal in 2009 saying, “It is therefore well settled that retrospective laws are generally unjust.”
The doctor found liable in the case has a $1 million limit on his insurance policy. In order to get the full amount further litigation against the insurance company will be needed.
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