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The United States now has more diagnosed cases of coronavirus than any other country. The death toll in Florida continues to rise. With so many sick people seeking hospitalization related to coronavirus, hospitals are becoming overloaded and many health care professionals do not have the required protective equipment. Many Miami residents might wonder whether or not they can bring a lawsuit for hospital negligence involving coronavirus. 

Can You Sue a Hospital for Negligence Related to Coronavirus?

Coronavirus is an incredibly invasive virus. Negligent safety practices in hospitals can result in patients becoming infected with the potentially deadly disease. Older individuals are more likely to die from coronavirus complications. Additionally, people with underlying medical conditions are more susceptible to dying from complications of coronavirus. In certain situations, people whose loved ones suffer long-term injuries or death due to hospital negligence may have a legal right to sue the hospital. 

For over a decade, Florida patients who were injured by a doctor’s negligence or malpractice have been limited in the amount they could recover in compensation. In medical malpractice lawsuits, injured patients could only recover $500,000 in damages for their pain and suffering, or up to $1 million in cases of catastrophic injuries. Recently, the state’s highest court found that these limits are unconstitutional, opening the door for injured people to recover full compensation for their injuries. Our medical malpractice attorneys  in Miami are happy to see that the highest court in the land has ruled against these caps. Not surprisingly, the caps have made it more difficult to access courts and for medical malpratice victims recover for negligent healthcare services.

Broward Case Challenges Law

In 2003, then-Governor Jeb Bush signed into law a piece of legislation meant to protect doctors from the rising costs of practicing medicine. The law aimed to correct what the legislature called a “medical malpractice insurance crisis.” According to the governor and the supporting legislators, the high cost of physicians’ medical malpractice insurance premiums was forcing doctors to either leave Florida to practice in another state or retire from practicing medicine early.

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