Fla. Appeals Court Upholds Birth Injury Benefits Guidelines

By Nathan Hale (December 5, 2016, 8:53 PM EST) -- A Florida appeals court on Monday rejected a constitutional challenge to the state's Neurological Injury Compensation Act, upholding distinct minimum weight requirements for infants from single and multiple births who suffer brain injuries at birth to qualify for benefits.

Jerra Myrick had filed the underlying administrative claim as a precursor to a medical malpractice suit against Putnam Community Medical Center over her daughter's birth-related injuries, but it was the Palatka-based hospital that brought the challenge on appeal, fearing that an administrative law judge's denial of her claim would dissolve its immunity to civil suit that is afforded under the law....

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