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New NHL Concussion Suit Filed Before Stanley Cup Finals

On the eve of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks, a former player has filed a lawsuit against the National Hockey League (NHL) for failing to warn him of the significant risk of brain damage. Ex-Blackhawk player and former coach of Tampa Bay, Steve Ludzik, filed the suit on Monday, June 1st in Chicago, Illinois. According to the suit, during his 10 year career, Ludzik claims he was “allowed and encouraged after suffering concussions to return to play in the same game and/or practice.” He now has Parkinson’s disease and claims it is a result of repeated concussions and continuing play in the NHL. This is not the first lawsuit to be brought against the NHL, or a professional sports league. Currently the NHL is facing a class-action lawsuit with several former players claiming a failure to educate and inform…
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Florida Supreme Court Approves Statutory Cap in Plancher v UCFAA

Six years after the tragic passing of University of Central Florida (UCF) football player, Ereck Plancher, the Florida Supreme Court has issued a ruling that dramatically affects the jury verdict amount the Plancher family was awarded in the summer of 2011. The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that the UCF Athletic Association, Inc. (“UCFAA”), a private entity, is entitled to sovereign immunity protection under Florida Statute § 768.28. In 2011, a jury in Orange County, Florida, compensated the Plancher family $10 million in damages for the death of their son, Ereck. UCFAA appealed an earlier ruling by the trial court claiming they should be considered an “instrumentality of the state for sovereign immunity purposes” and with that the statutory cap on damages should apply.  The Fifth District Court of Appeals agreed with UCFAA and held they were entitled to sovereign immunity and the verdict should be reduced accordingly. The Plancher…
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Adventist to Pay $5.4 Million

Adventist Health, the parent company of Florida Hospital has agreed to pay $5.4 million to the United States government to settle claims involving improper procedures in their Radiological Oncology services.  Patients with Medicare and Tricare were treated without proper supervision by a qualified health professional, according to an article in the Orlando Sentinel. This settlement derives from a whistleblower lawsuit filed by Dr. Michael Montejo.  Dr. Montejo is a radiation oncologist was an employee of the Florida Oncology Network.  Due to his vigilance in ensuring proper patient care, he will receive more than $1 million from the settlement funds. While there has been no determination of liability, this settlement does resolve the allegations put forth by the U.S. Government.  Florida Hospital has issued a statement stating that there is no evidence that patients care was affected.

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