Florida Senate - 2016 (NP) SB 34 By Senator Diaz de la Portilla 40-00176-16 201634__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act for the relief of Charles Pandrea by the North 3 Broward Hospital District; providing for an 4 appropriation to compensate Charles Pandrea, husband 5 of Janet Pandrea, for the death of Janet Pandrea as a 6 result of the negligence of the North Broward Hospital 7 District; providing a limitation on the payment of 8 compensation, fees, and costs; providing an effective 9 date. 10 11 WHEREAS, Janet Pandrea died on April 2, 2002, in Broward 12 County as a result of the treatment that she received for non 13 Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a disease that she did not have, and 14 WHEREAS, the Coral Springs Medical Center, part of the 15 North Broward Hospital District, by and through its pathologist, 16 Peter Tsivis, M.D., breached the applicable standard of care by 17 and through his diagnosis and interpretation of certain slides 18 as being consistent with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, when the tissue 19 was, in fact, a benign thymoma, and 20 WHEREAS, based upon this misdiagnosis, Mrs. Pandrea was 21 subsequently treated with multiple rounds of chemotherapy to 22 which she had adverse reactions, which led to multiple 23 complications and her eventual demise, and 24 WHEREAS, Charles and Janet Pandrea were married on May 19, 25 1956, and they had four children together during the course of 26 their 46-year marriage, and 27 WHEREAS, Charles Pandrea suffers from the tragic memories 28 of the suffering of his wife from complications of chemotherapy 29 and her prolonged hospital stay and eventual demise, which 30 stemmed from the initial misdiagnosis, and 31 WHEREAS, Charles Pandrea will continue to suffer mental 32 pain and anguish for the remainder of his life, which has caused 33 and will continue to cause serious psychological problems for 34 him, and 35 WHEREAS, as a matter of law, a jury in Broward County on 36 June 8, 2005, returned a verdict against the North Broward 37 Hospital District and the verdict was reduced to a final 38 judgment in the amount of $808,554.78 on June 15, 2005, and 39 WHEREAS, as a matter of law, it was determined that neither 40 Charles Pandrea nor Mrs. Pandrea caused or contributed to the 41 losses and injuries complained of, and 42 WHEREAS, the North Broward Hospital District has paid the 43 statutory limit of $200,000 under s. 768.28, Florida Statutes, 44 and 45 WHEREAS, the North Broward Hospital District is responsible 46 for paying the remainder of the judgment, which is $608,554.78, 47 NOW, THEREFORE, 48 49 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 50 51 Section 1. The facts stated in the preamble to this act are 52 found and declared to be true. 53 Section 2. The North Broward Hospital District is 54 authorized and directed to appropriate from funds of the 55 district not otherwise appropriated and to draw a warrant in the 56 sum of $608,554.78, payable to Charles Pandrea, husband of Janet 57 Pandrea, deceased, as compensation for the death of Janet 58 Pandrea as a result of the negligence of the North Broward 59 Hospital District. 60 Section 3. The amount paid by the North Broward Hospital 61 District pursuant to s. 768.28, Florida Statutes, and the amount 62 awarded under this act are intended to provide the sole 63 compensation for all present and future claims arising out of 64 the factual situation described in this act which resulted in 65 the death of Janet Pandrea. The total amount paid for attorney 66 fees, lobbying fees, costs, and other similar expenses relating 67 to this claim may not exceed 25 percent of the amount awarded 68 under this act. 69 Section 4. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.