Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1196 By Senator Rouson 19-00052-18 20181196__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to minor patients; amending s. 3 395.302, F.S.; requiring a hospital or medical 4 facility to maintain and store all medical films and 5 records of a minor patient until the patient reaches 6 the age of 18 years; providing that a hospital or 7 medical facility that fails to maintain or store 8 certain medical films and records is subject to 9 sanctions under s. 395.1065, F.S.; amending s. 10 766.306, F.S.; tolling the statute of limitations with 11 respect to any medical-related civil action brought 12 by, or on behalf of, an ill or injured minor until the 13 minor reaches the age of 18 years; providing an 14 effective date. 15 16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 17 18 Section 1. Subsection (3) is added to section 395.302, 19 Florida Statutes, to read: 20 395.302 Patient records; penalties for alteration.— 21 (3)(a) A hospital or medical facility shall maintain and 22 store all medical films and records of a minor patient, 23 including, but not limited to, films and records of medical 24 tests and procedures occurring on the hospital or medical 25 facility’s premises, or all medical films and records of a minor 26 patient obtained from another facility, until such patient 27 reaches the age of 18 years. 28 (b) Failure of a hospital or medical facility to maintain 29 or store medical films and records under this subsection shall 30 result in the hospital or medical facility being subject to 31 sanctions pursuant to s. 395.1065. 32 Section 2. Section 766.306, Florida Statutes, is amended to 33 read: 34 766.306 Tolling of statute of limitations.— 35 (1) The statute of limitations with respect to any civil 36 action that may be brought by, or on behalf of, an injured 37 infant allegedly arising out of, or related to, a birth-related 38 neurological injury shall be tolled by the filing of a claim in 39 accordance with ss. 766.301-766.316, and the time such claim is 40 pending or is on appeal shall not be computed as part of the 41 period within which such civil action may be brought. 42 (2) The statute of limitations with respect to any civil 43 action that may be brought by, or on behalf of, an ill or 44 injured minor allegedly arising out of, or related to, the error 45 of a licensed medical facility or physician shall be tolled 46 until the minor child reaches the age of 18 years, and the time 47 such claim is pending or is on appeal may not be computed as 48 part of the period within which the civil action may be brought. 49 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.