Florida Legislature Passes Three Claims Bills

by Carmen Dellutri on March 20, 2012

Fort Myers accident lawyerThree claims bills that would provide much needed compensation to Florida negligence victims have cleared the House and now move on to the Senate. As we have previously discussed on this blog, claim bills are necessary because state sovereign immunity laws limit the amount a state entity can be required to pay. To collect more than $200,000 from a government entity, the state Legislature must give special approval.

As reported by Tampa Bay Online, one bill would provide $2.4 million in compensation to the Palm Harbor parents of murdered undercover police informant Rachel Hoffman. The 23-year-old woman, a recent Florida State University graduate, was killed during a botched drug sting in 2008. She agreed to participate after being caught with marijuana and pills.

Another bill would require Lee County's public hospital system to pay $15 million to 14-year-old Aaron Edwards. The boy suffers from cerebral palsy and other injuries caused by medical negligence at childbirth.

The third bill would require that an insurance company for the Broward County Sheriff's Office pay $10.75 million to 32-year-old Eric Brody. As we have detailed before, Brody was paralyzed in a Florida car accident involving a Broward County sheriff’s deputy’s car. His parents have been fighting for the claim bill since a jury awarded the family $30.6 million in 2005. Last year, his claim bill died on the House floor, but the current bill is expected to clear the Senate.

We will, of course, keep you updated.

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 Port Charlotte accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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

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