#Human Rights
Florida Legislature
United States of America

The statute gives only doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers virtual immunity for negligently killing some of the most defenseless members of our society!

According to the Florida Wrongful Death Act, Doctors can commit malpractice and not be liable. The State of Florida's Wrongful Death Act states that if you are over 60 and have no dependents under the age of 25 and you are not married, your life is worthless. A doctor could essentially kill you through gross negligence/medical malpractice and you/your family, etc. do not have right to sue for malpractice! The doctor is not held liable for his negligent actions!

This needs to change immediately to protect Florida's Residents! Our seniors are most affected by this statute! We all have mothers, fathers, grandparents, let's prevent them from becoming "guinea pigs" of the medical industry and put value back into their lives! This began when a dear friend's mother died at Morton Plant due to gross negligence and malpractice on behalf of the doctor and surgeon. She went in for a routine/elective heart surgery. She was on blood thinners and a weight loss medication and any surgeon NEVER should have operated on her while on those medications. The hospital and surgeon were aware of the medications! To make matters worse, an expert medical opinion suggests that the surgery was unnecessary anyway and the minor heart murmur would have went away simply by taking her off the weight loss medication. The surgeon was young and inexperienced and should have been given guidance by the hospitals cardiac division. She should be alive today! Help protect the rest of our Florida seniors by changing this statue so doctors will be held accountable for malpractice!

In fact, ANYONE who has no dependents under the age of 25, is under-employed, disabled, or otherwise a defensless memeber of society, and is a victim of medical malpractice or negligence, Florida law deems them worthless and cannot bring a medical malpractice suit!! This is wrong that Florida Law gives doctors, hospitals, health care providers, etc. immunity from being held accountable for their negligent actions!! How can a statute make killing someone through malpractice legal?!

Florida's hospitals are full of unmarried adults with no children under 25, and full of retired people without spouses. Young people are putting off marriage longer than they used to and we have a huge elderly population who have lost a spouse, divorced, or never married. Why does Florida law allow them to be killed by medical negligence without recourse? The answer is simple. It's because the medical, hospital, and insurance industries in Florida are very politically powerful. They lobby and they donate and they are given what they want in the name of "tort reform" and the false battle cry of eliminating frivolous lawsuits. As with most so-called "tort reforms," such legislation is not really aimed at "frivolous" cases but at legitimate cases.

Keep in mind these discriminatory provisions only apply to medical malpractice cases and not other types of negligently caused deaths. For example, if that same 60 year old described above were killed by a negligent driver, her children (even though over 24 years old) would be allowed to bring a claim to recover for their emotional damages. And the parents of that 25 year old unmarried child could recover for their emotional damages if he was run down by a motorist. You might think of it this way: if someone like you were to accidentally cause the death of someone in these socio-economic categories you could be held responsible for these types of damages to the family of the deceased person. The statute elevates only doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers to this exalted status of having virtual immunity for negligently killing some of the most defenseless members of our society, i.e., the elderly, the disabled, and the underemployed!!! Help us change this statute!

We have started a petition and a foundation after Norma Cook, The Norma Cook Foundation for anyone who would like to support this cause. ALL donations will be used to picket, petition, and change this statute to protect Florida Seniors. The Norma Cook Foundation c/o Mike Perez 24701 US HWY 19 N Ste. 102 Clearwater, FL 33763. Please call Mike Perez @ 727-639-1918 if you have any questions.

We, the undersigned, call on the Florida Legislature to remove the Florida Wrongful Death Act 768.16 - 768.21 from the statutes.

This statute is discriminatory and violates the rights of Florida Residents and violates the rights of the Florida Constitution.

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The Florida doctors are legally getting away with murder! Change the wrongful death act 768.16-768.26 petition to Florida Legislature was written by Norma Cook Foundation to protect Florida Seniors from Medical Malpractice and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.