Liability: Plaintiffs to Ask State Legislature to Lift Damages Cap
August 1, 2011 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
The parents of a premature infant who was allegedly injured by a massive nutrient overdose at a Florida hospital were awarded $19.2 million in damages and will petition the state legislature to lift the state's sovereign immunity damages cap, which limits recovery to $200,000.
The infant was born at almost 25 weeks' gestation and received a formula of nutrients for premature children that allegedly contained 100 times the proper dose. The infant subsequently went into pulmonary arrest and cardiac arrest, which left her without oxygen for some time. After 13 minutes of resuscitation, she survived but is developmentally...