US Supreme Court rules in favor of Florida in Medicaid dispute after Lehigh Acres girl was hit by truck in 2008

US Supreme Court rules in favor of Florida in Medicaid dispute after Lehigh Acres girl was hit by truck in 2008

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Almost 14 years after a Lee County girl was severely injured when she was hit by a truck, the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that Florida’s Medicaid program will recover a portion of the money it paid for her initial care.

The crash occurred in November 2008 when 13-year-old Gianinna Gallardo was hit by a truck after getting off a Lee County school bus.

Florida’s Medicaid program paid $862,688 to cover Gallardo’s initial medical bills. The crash left Gallardo in a “persistent vegetative state,” according to the Supreme Court.

Gallardo’s parents filed a lawsuit against the truck’s owner, driver and the Lee County School Board. An $800,000 settlement was reached with $35,367 of it going towards past medical expenses.

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