Fla. Court Delays Answering Privileged Hospital Comms Issue

By Y. Peter Kang (December 14, 2018, 7:38 PM EST) -- In a closely watched medical malpractice case, a Florida state appeals court on Friday declined to rule on whether a hospital's privileged communications are discoverable under a 2004 state constitutional amendment, saying the judge's order to produce the records wasn't adequately explained.

A three-judge panel for Florida's Fifth District voided an Orange County Circuit Court judge's order that Nemours Children's Hospital produce documents pertaining to written statements five hospital employees provided to the hospital's in-house counsel. The discovery request was made by attorneys for Xiomara Arroyo and Ramon Luis Aponte, the parents of minor patient Ramon Aponte, who allege that the...

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