Doug / 09-26-2008 / Newsletter

Florida Car Accident Hospital Mix Up

A Florida couple involved in an automobile accident is seeking more than $200,000 in damages from the emergency responders whom they claim took the pregnant wife to a hospital that couldn’t provide sufficient care. The woman was involved in a head-on car accident while she was nine months pregnant. Emergency responders took the woman with her unborn child to one hospital on the far side of the city and later moved her to a different hospital on the other side of the city. A caesarian section was performed, and the baby died the day after it was born.

The couple is seeking damages from the ambulance company, the hospital she was initially transported to and two of that hospital’s doctors for not initially transporting her and her unborn baby to the other hospital. The couple claims the first hospital doesn’t maintain sufficient obstetrics equipment and that the woman should never have been transported there to begin with. The couple claims the baby had a better chance for survival if the woman would have been taken to the second hospital at the outset. The couple claims both hospitals are about the same distance from the location of where the car accident occurred.

Florida No Fault

When an auto accident occurs in Florida, the state’s no fault rules kick into effect. Each driver involved in an auto crash in Florida is typically responsible for his own injuries and damages. Each driver contacts his own insurance company about the accident and works solely with his own insurance company for proper reimbursement of funds.

However, when there are excessive personal injuries involved in a Florida car accident, compensation can be sought from the driver who is deemed at fault by investigators. When this happens, the insurance company of the driver who is not at fault contacts the insurance company of the driver who is at fault to work on damage payments that are in excess of the medical coverage of the injured driver.

Florida Damages

When someone involved with an auto accident in Florida hires a qualified Orlando car accident attorney, he may find that he’s entitled to receive both economic and non-economic damages for pain and suffering resulting from the crash. Non-economic damages can include payments for the inconvenience of the accident, pain and suffering and stress as a result of the crash. Economic damages can include:

  • Lost income
  • Future lost income
  • Medical bills
  • Car repair costs
  • Physical property loss

Wooten Kimbrough, P. A. is an experienced personal injury law firm that can assist those injured and harmed as a result of a car accident. Our Orlando personal injury lawyers have the experience necessary to fight for the rights of car crash victims.

Disclaimer: All verdicts and settlements listed here are gross amounts before deductions for attorney fees and costs. Past results do not guarantee similar results in the future. Most cases result in a lower recovery. It should not be assumed that your case will have as beneficial a result. Before choosing a lawyer, ask for written information about the lawyer's legal qualifications and experience.