Month: June 2020
Michael P. Bonner, Esq. named 2020 Florida Super Lawyer!
[box] We would like to congratulate Michael P. Bonner, Esq. for being named for the 5th consecutive year as a FLORIDA SUPER LAWYER. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This recognition is only given to 5% of attorneys in Florida and we are honored that Mr. Bonner is considered in such high regard by his peers and colleagues.[/box]read more
Common Birth Injuries
A birth injury is an injury that occurs during labor and delivery. These injuries can be caused by oxygen deprivation or trauma. The consequences of birth related injuries are often catastrophic and can affect the parents and the child profoundly for the rest of their lives. Although rare, birthrelated injuries can be caused by a healthcare provider’s failure to provide adequate care to the mother and baby during the pregnancy or during the labor and delivery. Common types of birth injuries include: Brachial Plexus Injury: This is an injury to a set of nerves in the shoulder and neck that...read more
Who Can Obtain Medical Records After the Death of a Hospital Patient in Florida?
Following the death of a hospital patient, the family members of the deceased may have questions regarding the death and wish to see a copy of their deceased family member’s medical records. Pursuant to Florida Statute §395.3025, “any licensed [medical] facility shall, upon request” provide a copy of the deceased patient’s medical records to the Personal Representative of the deceased patient.[i] This Florida law is consistent with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) which states that if a person “has authority to act on behalf of a deceased individual or of the individual’s estate,” such person shall have access...read more
Wrongful Birth Claims in Florida
[caption id="attachment_272" align="alignnone" width="200"] Portrait of girl smiling[/caption] The State of Florida does not recognize “Wrongful Life” as a cause of action, explaining that “the relative value of human existence over human nonexistence is not a matter cognizable under Florida tort law. There is no right to remain unborn.” Kush v. Lloyd, 616 So. 2d 415, 423 (Fla. 1992). However, Florida does recognize “Wrongful Birth” as a cause of action. A Wrongful Birth claim is brought by parents of a child born with a genetic or congenital disease claiming that had their physician warned them about the genetic or congenital...read more
A Pulmonary Embolism occurs when one of the pulmonary arteries in the lung becomes blocked by a blood clot.[i] A common cause of pulmonary embolisms is deep vein thrombosis. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein in another part of the body, usually the leg, breaks free and then moves through the bloodstream to the lungs.[ii] If a clot develops in the vein and it stays there, it is called a thrombus. If the clot detaches from the wall of the vein and travels to another part of the body, it is called...read more