After a decade of legal and political fights, Florida senators gave final approval Thursday to a $10.75 million claims bill that would compensate Eric Brody, at least to the extent money can, for brain injuries he suffered in a 1998 car crash with a Broward County sheriff’s deputy.
After years of battling politicians, insurance companies, and the Florida legislature, Eric Brody should finally receive payment for losing the ability to walk after his car was struck by a patrol car driven by a Broward Sheriff’s Deputy who was late for work. Monday, the Florida House followed the Senate and passed a $10.5 million claims bill.
Eric Brody was left wheelchair-bound and unable to speak after his car was struck by a patrol car driven by a Broward Sheriff’s Deputy who was late for work. An insurance company agreed to pay him more than $10 million, but lacked the state approval to write the check. The family has been fighting everyone for 14 years, and Friday, a state committee said yes.
One of the first bills passed in the Florida Senate at the start of the 2012 legislative session was one that would provide a $10.75 million settlement with Eric Brody, who was injured in a car accident with a Broward Sheriff’s deputy.
The Senate has passed two claims bills, the first bills to pass in the 2012 legislative session.
The 2011 legislative session briefly careened off the track before crashing to an end early Saturday morning amid an intraparty GOP fracas over the nearly $70 billion budget.
A $12 million award for a Broward man paralyzed when he was hit by a sheriff’s deputy speeding to work died with the end of the legislative session Saturday morning.
The family of a South Florida man who was severely injured by a Broward Sheriff’s deputy more than a decade ago has appealed to Sheriff Al Lamberti to help them get their financial settlement.