The mother of a girl who may have been the victim of medical malpractice received some good news recently. A Florida appeals court has ruled she may go forward with her lawsuit against Jackson Memorial Hospital. The decision follows a similar ruling by a Florida trial court regarding the possible medical malpractice.
It is no secret that Florida is home to many elderly people, and stories of nursing home neglect are taken seriously here. The sad truth is nursing home abuse takes place nationwide. One of the most shocking examples of nursing home neglect comes out of Tennessee, where even the staff was appalled by the conditions.
In Florida, claims against public hospitals for medical malpractice injuries are capped at $200,000 per case, although it is increasing to $300,000 this year. However, in many cases the sums are not enough to compensate victims and their families. The mother of one Florida boy is discovering this first hand. Her son suffers from cerebral palsy because of birth injuries caused by medical malpractice.
For many of Florida's elderly, there comes a time in their lives when either they cannot take care of themselves any longer due to their age, or their medical condition is of such a severe nature that their children or other loved ones are unable to provide the necessary care for them. At that time, the decision may be made to place the loved one in a nursing home. The family likely does not consider the risk of nursing home abuse, as they probably assume that their loved one will be well cared for in their new environment. In a recent case, a woman is claiming that nursing home neglect led to the death of her mother.
Americans generally see Florida as one of the nation's best loved vacation destinations rather than as the cutting-edge locale for experimental medical technology. So perhaps the news of a Florida doctor carrying out stem-cell transplants may come as an atypical shock.