Bill for Florida Accident Victim Eric Brody Before Legislature

by Carmen Dellutri on February 29, 2012

Fort Myers accident lawyerAs we previously reported on this blog, the family of Eric Brody, a 31-year-old man who was paralyzed in a Florida car accident involving a Broward County sheriff’s deputy’s car, has been working for years to collect money owed in a Florida personal injury lawsuit.

Thirteen years ago, a jury awarded Brody more than $30 million in compensation, but state sovereign immunity laws limit the amount Broward County can be forced to pay. To collect more than $200,000 from a government entity, the state Legislature must give special approval.

After several failed efforts to get a bill passed, it appears that some progress has been made. Last week, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee took up a bill to compensate Brody with $10.75 million.

As reported by the Orlando Sentinel, the Senate passed the bill on the first day of the legislative session, but the House has waited until now to consider its bill. In that time, House Speaker Dean Cannon has determined that the House will take a slightly different approach to the Brody bill and other claims bills before them.

In the Senate bill, the measure caps fees paid out to attorneys and lobbyists for Brody at 25 percent, which would amount to more than $2 million. In contrast, Cannon is setting the cap at $400,000.

He said he believes that Brody, and other injured parties, should get the maximum amount of money.

“Given the fact that all claims bills involve specific, individual and tragic facts, we wanted to come up with an approach that would maximize the recovery for the injured parties and provide at least a general approach toward standardizing the fees that are separate and apart from what will go to the injured party,” he said.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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