State Politics

Failed claims bills revived in 2012 Florida legislative session

TALLAHASSEE -- Emotion-packed bills that would compensate two men whose lives were turned upside down by governmental mistakes will get another chance during Florida’s 2012 legislative session after the measures died in the frantic final hours of the 2011 session.

They are among several high-profile claims bills lawmakers will consider in the session that begins Jan. 10.

One measure would benefit Eric Brody, who suffered brain damage and paralysis when he was 18 after a speeding Broward County sheriff’s deputy -- running late to work -- crashed into his car in 1998. He is seeking more than $15 million -- under Florida law, a government agency can’t pay an individual lawsuit award or claim for more than $200,000 without approval of the Legislature and governor.