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of claims; presumption; findings of administrative law
judge binding on participants.--
(1) The administrative law judge shall make the
following determinations based upon all available
(a) Whether the injury claimed is a birth-related
neurological injury. If the claimant has demonstrated,
to the satisfaction of the administrative law judge,
that the infant has sustained a brain or spinal cord
injury caused by oxygen deprivation or mechanical injury
and that the infant was thereby rendered permanently and
substantially mentally and physically impaired, a
rebuttable presumption shall arise that the injury is a
birth-related neurological injury as defined in s.
(b) Whether obstetrical services were delivered by a
participating physician in the course of labor,
delivery, or resuscitation in the immediate postdelivery
period in a hospital; or by a certified nurse midwife in
a teaching hospital supervised by a participating
physician in the course of labor, delivery, or
resuscitation in the immediate postdelivery period in a
(c) How much compensation, if any, is awardable pursuant
to s. 766.31.
1(d) Whether, if raised by the claimant or
other party, the factual determinations regarding the
notice requirements in s. 766.316
are satisfied. The administrative law judge has the
exclusive jurisdiction to make these factual
(2) If the administrative law judge determines that the
injury alleged is not a birth-related neurological
injury or that obstetrical services were not delivered
by a participating physician at the birth, she or he
shall enter an order and shall cause a copy of such
order to be sent immediately to the parties by
registered or certified mail.
(3) By becoming a participating physician, a physician
shall be bound for all purposes by the finding of the
administrative law judge or any appeal therefrom with
respect to whether such injury is a birth-related
(4) If it is in the interest of judicial economy or if
requested to by the claimant, the administrative law
judge may bifurcate the proceeding addressing
compensability and notice pursuant to s.
766.316 first, and addressing
an award pursuant to s. 766.31,
if any, in a separate proceeding. The administrative law
judge may issue a final order on compensability and
notice which is subject to appeal under s.
766.311, prior to issuance of
an award pursuant to s. 766.31.
History.--s. 68, ch. 88-1; s. 4, ch. 89-186; s.
21, ch. 91-46; s. 3, ch. 94-106; s. 312, ch. 96-410; s.
1805, ch. 97-102; s. 77, ch. 2003-416; s. 1, ch. 2006-8.
1Note.--Section 2, ch. 2006-8,
provides that "[i]t is the intent of the Legislature
that the amendment to s. 766.309, Florida Statutes,
contained in this act, clarifies that since July 1,
1998, the administrative law judge has had the exclusive
jurisdiction to make factual determinations as to
whether the notice requirements in s. 766.316, Florida
Statutes, are satisfied."
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