Davis v. North Shore Hosp., No. 82-1392

CourtCourt of Appeal of Florida (US)
Writing for the CourtBefore SCHWARTZ; PER CURIAM
Citation452 So.2d 937
Docket NumberNo. 82-1392
Decision Date11 October 1983
PartiesEstine DAVIS, Appellant, v. NORTH SHORE HOSPITAL, Leonard Cantor, M.D. and John H. Kathe, M.D., Appellees.

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452 So.2d 937
Estine DAVIS, Appellant,
v.
NORTH SHORE HOSPITAL, Leonard Cantor, M.D. and John H. Kathe, M.D., Appellees.
No. 82-1392.
District Court of Appeal of Florida,
Third District.
Oct. 11, 1983.

Podhurst, Orseck, Parks, Josefsberg, Eaton, Meadow & Olin, and Joel Eaton, and Philip Freidin, Miami, for appellant.

Steven R. Berger, Wolpe & Leibowitz, Miami, Stephens, Lynn, Chernay & Klein, and Deborah Neimark, West Palm Beach, for appellees.

Before SCHWARTZ, C.J., and DANIEL S. PEARSON and FERGUSON, JJ.

PER CURIAM.

The trial court ruled that Section 768.56, Florida Statutes (1981), 1 which provides for an award of reasonable attorney's fees to the prevailing party in a medical malpractice action, is unconstitutional because it is vague and because it denies to defendants equal protection of the laws as guaranteed by the Florida Constitution and the Constitution of the United States. This appeal challenges that ruling. We agree with the Fourth District that the statute meets constitutional muster. Florida Medical Center, Inc. v. Von Stetina, 436 So.2d 1022 (Fla. 4th DCA 1983). Another panel of this court has similarly concluded that the statute is constitutional in an opinion of this

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same date. Young v. Altenhaus, 448 So.2d 1039 (Fla. 3d DCA 1983).

Reversed and remanded.

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1 Section 768.56, Florida Statutes (1981) states:

768.56 Attorney's fees in medical malpractice actions.--

(1) Except as otherwise provided by law, the court shall award a reasonable attorney's fee to the prevailing party in any civil action which involves a claim for damages by reason of injury, death, or monetary loss on account of alleged malpractice by any medical or osteopathic physician, podiatrist, hospital, or health maintenance organization; however, attorney's fees shall not be awarded against a party who is insolvent or poverty-stricken. Before initiating such a civil action on behalf of a client, it shall be the duty of the attorney to inform his client, in writing, of the provisions of this section. When there is more than one party on one or both sides of an action, the court shall allocate its award of attorney's fees among prevailing parties and tax such fees against nonprevailing parties in accordance with the principles of equity. In no event shall a nonprevailing party be required to pay to any or all prevailing parties any amount in attorney's fees in excess of that which is taxed against such nonprevailing...

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  • Florida Patient's Compensation Fund v. Rowe, No. 64459
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Florida
    • May 2, 1985
    ...Inc. v. Ly, 465 So.2d 1383 (Fla. 2d DCA 1985); Frankowitz v. Propst, 464 So.2d 1225 (Fla. 4th DCA 1985); Davis v. North Shore Hospital, 452 So.2d 937 Fla. 3d DCA 1983); Young v. Altenhaus, 448 So.2d 1039 (Fla. 3d DCA 1983); Pohlman v. Mathews, 440 So.2d 681 (Fla. 1st DCA 1983); Florida Medi......
  • Cantor v. Davis, Nos. 64663
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Florida
    • June 5, 1986
    ...Parks, Josefsberg, Eaton, Meadow & Olin, Miami, for respondent. McDONALD, Justice. We have for review Davis v. North Shore Hospital, 452 So.2d 937 (Fla. 3d DCA 1983), which expressly declares valid section 768.56, Florida Statutes (1981). We have jurisdiction pursuant to article V, sect......
  • Bayfront Medical Center, Inc. v. Kim Oang Thi Ly, No. 84-1568
    • United States
    • Florida District Court of Appeals
    • March 29, 1985
    ...and found it to be constitutional. Frankowitz v. Propst, 464 So.2d 1225 (Fla. 4th DCA 1985) [10 FLW 153]; Davis v. North Shore Hospital, 452 So.2d 937 (Fla. 3d DCA 1983); Young v. Altenhaus, 448 So.2d 1039 (Fla. 3d DCA 1983); Karlin v. Denson, 447 So.2d 897 (Fla. 4th DCA 1983); Pohlman v. M......
3 cases
  • Florida Patient's Compensation Fund v. Rowe, No. 64459
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Florida
    • May 2, 1985
    ...Inc. v. Ly, 465 So.2d 1383 (Fla. 2d DCA 1985); Frankowitz v. Propst, 464 So.2d 1225 (Fla. 4th DCA 1985); Davis v. North Shore Hospital, 452 So.2d 937 Fla. 3d DCA 1983); Young v. Altenhaus, 448 So.2d 1039 (Fla. 3d DCA 1983); Pohlman v. Mathews, 440 So.2d 681 (Fla. 1st DCA 1983); Florida Medi......
  • Cantor v. Davis, Nos. 64663
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Florida
    • June 5, 1986
    ...Parks, Josefsberg, Eaton, Meadow & Olin, Miami, for respondent. McDONALD, Justice. We have for review Davis v. North Shore Hospital, 452 So.2d 937 (Fla. 3d DCA 1983), which expressly declares valid section 768.56, Florida Statutes (1981). We have jurisdiction pursuant to article V, sect......
  • Bayfront Medical Center, Inc. v. Kim Oang Thi Ly, No. 84-1568
    • United States
    • Florida District Court of Appeals
    • March 29, 1985
    ...and found it to be constitutional. Frankowitz v. Propst, 464 So.2d 1225 (Fla. 4th DCA 1985) [10 FLW 153]; Davis v. North Shore Hospital, 452 So.2d 937 (Fla. 3d DCA 1983); Young v. Altenhaus, 448 So.2d 1039 (Fla. 3d DCA 1983); Karlin v. Denson, 447 So.2d 897 (Fla. 4th DCA 1983); Pohlman v. M......

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