January 11th, 2012 - by DKRPA
The family of a 32-year-old Florida man and the former insurer of the Broward County Sherriff’s office agreed to a $10.75 million settlement recently, a personal injury case that stems from a car accident that left the man with brain damage.
The 32-year-old was 18 at the time of the accident, preparing to graduate from high school and move on to college. The man was in his car when a Broward County police officer crashed into his vehicle in an attempt to get to work on time. The officer was found to be speeding, and a jury awarded $30.7 million to the 32-year-old for the accident.
However, a Florida state law prevents government agencies from paying over $200,000 in damages, unless the party filing suit gets state legislature to pass a claims bill that orders the government agency to surpass that amount. That has resulted in a 14-year-long fight with legislators for the 32-year-old and his family, and just last year the Florida House of Representatives voted against their claim.
Fortunately for the family, this revitalized personal injury settlement is expected to go through. The Florida Senate passed the settlement on Tuesday by a vote of 37-2, and it now moves to the House.
Personal injury claims can be complicated, as this story shows. Regardless of the perceived difficulties though, your well-being and livelihood are of utmost importance. When you are injured due to someone else’s negligence, seek experienced legal representation to maximize your chances of earning a fair compensation package for your pain and suffering.
Source: The Sun Sentinel, “Eric Brody, left brain-damaged in accident, set to get $10.75 million,” Kathleen Haughney, Jan. 10, 2012