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Florida bill would limit liability for ER doctors

St. Petersburg Times, March 18, 2008
Florida emergency doctors, hospitals and health leaders are pushing a bill that would protect emergency healthcare workers and hospitals from large legal claims. The bill would make healthcare workers "agents of the state" when they are treating emergencies, and any lawsuits against such workers would be limited to $200,000 unless legislators pass a special bill to authorize more. But opponents to the bill say such protection would be unfair to injured patients and open the door to extending protection to doctors in non-emergency cases.