Florida Court Reverses Medical Malpractice Caps

Medical MalpracticeFlorida’s Supreme Court recently issued a ruling overturning a state law imposing caps on the amount that medical malpractice victims’ families can recover for non-compensatory damages following the wrongful death of a loved one. While limited in nature, the ruling is part of a broader trend against caps for non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases across the country.

The Florida Supreme Court’s decision rests on a number of different issues that are shared in common by medical malpractice caps throughout the country. For one, the cap unfairly burdened families in which multiple individuals may have suffered losses because it effectively created a system in which a single plaintiff’s recovery for non-economic damages would necessarily be greater than situations in which multiple plaintiffs were involved.

Perhaps more importantly, however, the Court noted that in spite of promises to the contrary, the state’s cap on medical malpractice damages appeared to do little to check the increasing cost of medical malpractice premiums for doctors, with insurers instead largely pocketing the benefits for themselves. This finding is what has largely opened up a larger national debate on the validity and effectiveness of these measures.

At the Law Offices of Paul Levin, we understand how hard it can be to deal with the loss of a loved one as a result of medical malpractice or any other cause, and we are committed to helping families in this difficult situation. Contact us today at 860-322-5302 to learn more about what we can do to get you the help you need.

Thanksgiving night car crash leaves one woman dead

A two-car crash in Hartford left one woman dead Thanksgiving night, Connecticut state police reported.

41-year-old Mary White was driving her car on I-84 close to exit 48 in Hartford at around 11:30 p.m. when her car crashed with another vehicle, causing it to go over a concrete median before ending up on Capital Avenue ramp to I-84 West.

Meanwhile, the 31-year-old driver of the other car, Cherri Brooks, and her three children all sustained non-serious injuries.

Our attorneys from the Law Offices of Paul Levin extend their heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones affected by this tragic loss.

Police determine fatal propane explosion an accident

The propane explosion that killed one man and injured two others in August of 2012 has been officially declared an accident. The accident occurred when homeowner John Wilkinson and his friend Athony Fratino III attempted to repair a propane leak in Wilkinson’s home, causing an explosion so powerful that the entire home was leveled. Wilkinson was killed in the accident, while Fratino and his young son, who was also at the scene of the accident, suffered serious injuries.

While the police report did not find anyone to be criminally responsible for the accident, it did note that the cause of the accident appeared to have been a  propane line that was improperly capped nine years prior, allowing the basement to fill with dangerous gases.

The thoughts of everyone at the Law Offices of Paul Levin go out to the victims of this tragic accident and their families.