Christopher Larmoyeux was recently interviewed by Jay O’Brien, an investigative reporter with CBS 12 News, as part of an I-Team Investigation into Florida’s so-called “Free Kill” law. The interview aired on Monday, February 10, 2020.
Under Florida law, only spouses and children under 25 years of age of a deceased person may sue for pain and suffering in medical malpractice cases. The practical effect of the law often leaves loved ones without any remedy or ability to hold anyone accountable for the wrongful death of their loved one.
Not only can’t they sue for monetary damages, but they can’t even obtain information surrounding the death from the healthcare provider. As Mr. Larmoyeux explains during the interview, without filing a lawsuit, loved ones can’t force hospitals and doctors to provide details about how the person died.
Without the possibility of recovering damages for pain and suffering, it’s simply too expensive for lawyers to take these types of medical malpractice cases. Mr. Larmoyeux explains that it costs him a minimum of $50,000 to pursue a medical malpractice case.
However, there’s a grassroots campaign spearheaded by the Florida Medical Rights Association to get the law changed in Tallahassee.