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State panel recommends creation of a birth injury fund
State panel recommends creation of a birth injury fund

A task force set up by the General Assembly earlier this year has recommended that the state create a fund to help care for babies with suffering neurological injuries during birth, according to a report sent to lawmakers. A no-fault fund, modeled after those in Virginia and Florida, is controversial among patient advocates and malpractice attorneys. But the report authors, all from the health care industry, said it would mean more children get compensation than the number going through the court system. The report also said it would also help control medical malpractice-related costs for doctors and hospitals. "The fund means babies born with injuries get compensation even when...

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