After the proposal stalled during the 2017 legislative session, a Central Florida senator this week filed a bill that would direct payment of nearly $1.9 million to a woman who suffered severe injuries when she was hit by a Volusia County Beach Patrol truck.
Republican state Sen. David Simmons of Altamonte Springs filed the “claim” bill, which would lead to Volusia County paying $1.895 million to Erin Joynt. The bill (SB 38) would help carry out a $2 million judgment in a lawsuit filed by Joynt, a Kansas woman who was injured in July 2011.
A legal concept known as “sovereign immunity” typically shields government agencies from paying large amounts in such lawsuits. But the Legislature, through passage of claim bills, can direct agencies to make payments.
Joynt was hit by the truck while sunbathing on Daytona Beach. Simmons’ bill, which is filed for the legislative session that will start in January, said she suffered injuries such as cranial fractures, facial fractures and rib fractures.
A similar bill was approved by one Senate committee during the 2017 session but then stalled.
Republished with permission of the News Service of Florida.