Florida Legislatures Make Changes to Medical Malpractice Laws

Florida Legislatures Make Changes to Medical Malpractice LawsThe Florida legislature recently passed a bill that will likely have serious implications on medical malpractice lawsuits in the state.

According to the Miami Herald, HB 479 not only increases the burden of proof for plaintiffs in such cases but also exempts medical centers from liability for mistakes made by some of their doctors. In addition, the law sets up punishments for health professionals not from Florida who provide false or misleading expert testimony in medical malpractice cases litigated in the Sunshine State.

The measure was passed in the House by a vote of 88-28. However, the state Senate removed the hospital protection measure in the bill, reports the news source.

Sunshine State News says that the provision removed by the Senate would have protected hospitals from being sued when contracted doctors commit malpractice.

"[Eliminating that part of the bill] provides recourse to patients who are injured in hospitals by physicians they don’t even know," state Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, a Republican from Miami, told the news source.

The news provider reports that the bill was supported by many doctors and hospitals but opposed by medical malpractice lawyers and patient rights advocates.