Starring: Callous hospital execs
Co-Starring: State laws with no teeth
Plot: Politicos in Virginia set up law to compensate families of children who suffered from lifelong physical and mental injuries from oxygen loss or spinal damage during birth. It was enacted to protect docs and hospitals from malpractice suits. The catch? Families may never learn they're eligible. SWEET!
"The bill doesn't include a notification provision, but what's the problem in finding these families and telling them that a benefit might be available?," a co-sponsor of the legislation asks.
Counter strike: "There's nothing in the law that says we are responsible for that," replies a board chair and current hospital exec. Other board members had her back.
Anyone have experience with this bureaucratic nonsense known as the Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program?