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Brody Family Seeks Relief

February 27th, 2009 by Mike Vasilinda

A 29-year-old Broward man and his family are in Tallahassee seeking justice. The family has already won a 30 million-dollar verdict for injuries caused by a sheriff’s deputies, but as the sign of the times, as Mike Vasilinda tells us, the family is being told the economy is too tough to settle.

Hear it Here: Brody Family Seeks Relief

Eleven years ago Eric Brody was a happy healthy college bound 18-year-old hoping for a career in broadcasting. Today he is confined to a wheelchair and his broadcasting career, a distant dream.

In 1998, Eric was plowed into by an off duty Broward Sheriffs Deputy. A court awarded his family 30 million dollars for Eric’s loss and his care. Now his family is in Tallahassee trying to collect. The Brody family lawyer says the county’s insurance company is fighting the payment.

“They’re up here on Eric’s case, telling legislators that if you pass this claims bill, then you’re going to put 100 law enforcement officers out of work,” Brody family attorney Lance Block said.

But lawyers believe insurer TIG has acted in bad faith and the insurance company, not taxpayers, are on the hook for the cash.

The family has million dollar medical and legal bills. Mother Sharon believes Eric would be more active if had he gotten therapy.

“If he got the regular therapy everyday, I think his speech would be a little better. But it’s still very hard to understand him, even for us,” Eric’s mother Sharon Brody said.

“At this moment, he’s getting no therapy or very little therapy because there’s no funding for the therapy,” Charles Brody, Eric’s father, said.

Eric’s mom and dad have been full-time care givers, and they wonder who will care for their son after they’re gone. Without cash from the insurance settlement, Eric will likely be cared for by taxpayers.

A call to the lobbyist for the insurance company fighting the claim was not returned.

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