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Notice to Obstetric Patients

Florida law requires that participating physicians and hospitals with participating physicians on staff provide notice to the obstetrical patients of the Plan.

A brochure, entitled "Peace of Mind for an Unexpected Problem" has been provided by NICA to each hospital and participating physician. The giving of such brochure to the obstetric patient has been held to satisfy the notice requirement of Florida law. Copies are available free of charge from NICA in 12 different languages.

NICA recommends that your intake personnel be instructed to obtain written, signed notice and patient record notation for your files in order to establish the validity of the giving of notice. NICA personnel will visit and train administrative staff, nurses and doctors at your request.

Physicians and hospitals should rely upon their own legal counsel's interpretation of Section 776.316, Florida Statutes, with regard to providing notice and timeliness of notice, and actions to take in the event a patient refuses to acknowledge receipt of this notice.

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