A special master recommended this week that Eric Brody should receive $15 million in a highly controversial claims bill stemming from injuries suffered in a 1998 traffic accident with a Broward County sheriff’s deputy, reports the News Service of Florida. Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, has said he will make a priority of trying to pass a bill to compensate Brody, who was awarded a $30.6 million jury verdict. Senate Special Master Bram D.E. Canter issued a report Tuesday recommending a $15 million award. The Brody case has touched off a lobbying fight that centers on how much money the injured man should receive and whether an insurer for the Broward sheriff’s office could face what is known as a “bad faith” lawsuit. Lawmakers have considered Brody claims bills during the past few years, but none passed. While the jury said Brody should receive more than $30 million, Canter wrote that he did not think a claims bill should exceed $15 million. He expressed concern about avoiding a “precedent for the escalation of claims” in such bills.
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