In 2004, a 38-year-old man named Pete Thomas was admitted to a New Port Richey, Florida hospital for abdominal pain. Six weeks later he was dead, suffering cardiac and respiratory arrest after he was administered what his mother says was a lethal mix of medication. Twelve years have passed, and Thomas’s mother Linda Porter still does not have the answers she seeks. A subpoena–served as part of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by a Florida attorney against the doctors and hospitals that treated Thomas–would offer more details into what went wrong.
Florida families who lose a father, mother, son or daughter as a result of medical malpractice may be forced to file a lawsuit when the doctor or hospital refuses to accept responsibility. Most families are surprised to learn that the Florida legislature placed a limit on what they can recover. Fortunately, the Florida Supreme Court has restored justice by ruling that this law, passed in 2003, is unconstitutional, and can not be used to deny the full measure of damages determined by a jury in a medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit.