State of Florida Sovereign Immunity Cap Increased
Sovereign immunity is the law that allows the state of Florida governmental entities/agencies to limit their exposure to injuries or damages and even death caused by a state entity/agency’s negligence. The limit for many years has been $100,000.00 per individual and $200,000.00 per incident.
This amount has now been increased to $200,000.00 per individual and $300,000.00 per-incident for causes of action that occur after October 1, 2011. The per-incident cap is the limit of funds to be paid by the state regardless of how many people were injured or killed. While the increase in these caps is a step in the right direction, it is still woefully insufficient to handle significant losses.
One remedy to exceeding these caps is the cumbersome and politically charged filing of a “claims bill” that requires debate and passage through the state legislature and is not vetoed by the Governor. If you or a friend or family member have been injured by a governmental agency, please contact us for a free consultation.
What constitutes a personal injury?
The most common personal injury is an auto accident, but the broad definition encompasses any situation where a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another person or entity. Early identification of a personal injury is important to the legal process. Many serious injuries occur each year involving:
– Auto accidents
– Premises liability accidents such as injuries caused by a slip and fall
– Medical malpractice/nursing home injuries
– Wrongful death
– Work-related accidents
– Animal attacks
– Faulty or malfunctioning products (product liability)