March 13, 2014
The Florida Supreme Court ruled today that the 2003 law limiting damages in medical-malpractice cases is unconstitutional. The long-awaited ruling came in the case of a Panhandle woman who died of complications after giving birth in 2006. The Court ruled 5-2 that a cap on "non-economic" damages in wrongful death cases violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Florida Constitution. As more information and analysis of the opinion becomes available, we will share with you. A copy of the opinion is attached for our review.