Parents: We'll always care
The Florida Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Association (NICA) was created by the Florida Legislature in 1988. NICA is a statutory organization that manages The Florida Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Plan ("Plan") which contains State funds used to pay for the care of infants born with certain neurological injuries. This Plan is available to eligible children statewide on a no-fault basis. By eliminating costly proceedings in civil court, and through professional management of its disbursements, NICA ensures that birth-injured infants receive the care they need throughout their lifetime, while reducing the financial burden on medical providers and young families.
Compensation from the NICA Plan may help to provide for the following:
- Actual expenses for necessary and reasonable care, services, drugs, equipment, facilities, and travel, excluding expenses that can be compensated by state or federal governments, or by private insurers.
- A one-time cash award, not to exceed $100,000, to the infant's parents or guardians.
- A death benefit for the infant in the amount of $10,000.
- Reasonable expenses for filing the claim, including attorney's fees pursuant to the provisions of Section 766.31, Florida Statutes.
You are eligible for this protection if your doctor is a participating physician in the NICA Plan. Participating physicians make these benefits available to you by participating in the Plan. By providing you with the NICA Brochure, your health care provider is informing you that one or more physician(s) at your health care institution or facility participates in the NICA Plan.
All information on this website is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered legally binding, legal advice, nor substitute for obtaining legal advice from competent legal counsel. Although reasonable efforts are made to keep information on this site accurate, no guarantee is made as to its accuracy.