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General: Frequently Asked Questions



Q: What does NICA mean?
A: The Florida Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Association

Q: Is my child covered?
A: If your physician is a participating physician and your child is born in a hospital, your child may be eligible for NICA. Florida law defines the birth-related neurological injuries for which NICA coverage is provided, and the final decision on whether a child is covered is made by an Administrative Law Judge. Please use the link provided on this website to review Sections 766.301-766.316, Florida Statutes.

Q: How do I know if an obstetrician is a participating physician?
A: Generally, all doctors and hospitals are required by law to inform obstetrical patients by providing a brochure which explains the program. You can see a list of current participating physicians on this website. Information for earlier years is available from NICA.

Q: Is there an application form?
A: A Petition for Benefits Form is available on this website. Simply choose the form which fits your situation, fill it out on line and print, or print it and fill it out.

Q: How much does it cost to file a petition for benefits?
A: There is a $15 filing fee, payable to the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings.

Q: Is there a time limit on filing a claim?
A: Yes. The petition must be filed by the child's fifth birthday.

Q: Who can file a petition?
A: The child's legal parent or guardian must file the petition.

Q: How do I file a claim?
A: Choose the form on this website which fits your situation, fill it out on-line and print it, or print it out and fill it in. If you have difficulty understanding the form or need assistance, contact NICA at the toll free number, (800) 398-2129, and we will assist you in completing a petition. Also, see Section 766.305, Florida Statutes.

Q: Where do I send the Petition?
A: Send it to:
    Claudia Lladó
    Division of Administrative Hearings
    1230 Apalachee Parkway
    Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3060
Q: Do I have to provide medical records?
A: Yes. All available relevant medical records must be provided by the petitioner. If you need assistance in how to obtain the medical records, contact NICA at the toll free number listed above.

Remember, a $15.00 filing fee, payable to: Division of Administrative Hearings, is due with the petition. Please remember to send copies of medical records for both the mother and child to NICA. It is very important that you ensure the fetal monitor strips are included in the medical records. Call NICA if you need assistance at 1-800-398-2129



Disclaimer:
All information on this website is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered legally binding, legal advice, nor substitute for obtaining legal advice from competent legal counsel. Although reasonable efforts are made to keep information on this site accurate, no guarantee is made as to its accuracy.

2006 The Florida Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Association