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Claims Bill Passes Senate

April 24th, 2009 by flanews

The state senate signed off on what could end up as the most expensive claims bill the state has ever paid. Eleven years ago Eric Brody’s car was hit by an off duty Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy. Brody suffered brain damage. A judge said Brody was owed to 30 million dollars for his suffering. The Senate has been quick to act on the bill, but the House is stalling. House Sponsor Rachel Bergin says the family has waited long enough.

“This has been an eleven year battle and the family has a million and a half in personal liens against them and their home for medical bills. And it’s important now because the insurance company has yet to really come to the table with an actual amount of money that they are willing to pay. After the bill was filed they finally sat down and began negotiating with the family. They’re still using it in the arguments now that they are still in negotiation with the family and that’s not really taking place,” said Bergin.

There is still a week left for the House to take up their version of the claims bill. Representative Bergin is banking on the Senate version making it to her chamber.

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