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This week, a girl was left in a coma after undergoing simple breast augmentation surgery in Coral Gables, Florida. The surgery was performed at Coral Gables Cosmetic Surgery Center and the anesthesiologist was reportedly a convicted felon who had served time in prison for illegally dispensing more than 53,000 pain pills over the internet. The girl has extensive brain and heart damage as a result of the procedure. Her attorneys are requesting records and information from the health care providers, but guess what? They say federal HIPAA laws prohibit them from providing this information to the girl’s parents. The parents, of course, want answers, and rightly so. Read the story for yourself.
This is just one example of why granting doctors and hospitals special protection against lawsuits, like immunity from suit and limits on money awards, is plain wrong.