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A Florida jury has ordered two Coral Springs doctors to pay $4.3 million to the family of a girl who was misdiagnosed at birth in 1994. The jury determined that two doctors failed to perform tests required by the standard of care and failed to act on symptoms that showed the child had enterovirus, a usually mild illness that can cause death or serious injury in infants. This misdiagnosis left the girl with severe vision problems and permanent liver cirrhosis.

A Broward County, Florida jury on Tuesday awarded $14.6 million to a truck driver paralyzed in a 2007 accident that occurred in Palm Beach County. According to a truck accident lawyer for the plaintiff, the lawsuit was an uninsured motorist claim to National Casualty. The truck accident occurred when the driver swerved to avoid another driver who ran a stop sign. The injuries are extremely serious: the Plaintiff lost the use of his arms and legs because of the accident and requires ongoing rehabilitation.

florida injury casesThe average personal injury verdict in Florida is $1,819,751, according to Jury Verdict Research, a company that tracks jury verdicts. In Florida personal injury cases, plaintiffs win approximately 61 percent of cases that go to trial.

Florida’s threshold requiring a more serious injury in motor tort cases is one reason why the average jury verdict in Florida much higher than the national average. These Florida jury statistic verdicts also underscore that large cases inflate average jury verdicts and settlements. The median—as opposed to the average—money damages in Florida personal injury trials in Florida is $122,674.

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Very dated but still interesting data on Florida workers’ compensation cases: the average back injury settlement was $ 38,000 with medical care continuing (called “keeping your case open”). The average  workers’ compensation back injury settlement is $ 9,800 with no continuing opportunity for further medical care.

Jury Verdict Research reported this month on Florida personal injury lawsuit verdicts. The median – not be confused with average which is much higher – money recover in Florida personal injury lawsuits that go to trial is $185,000. Florida personal injury lawyers can expect to receive a verdict for their clients in 60 percent of lawsuits that go to trial.

Putting these number in context, the national median personal injury verdict is $35,000, and personal injury victims recover about half of the time. In other words, you can drive a truck through the difference between Florida and the rest of the nation. Florida voters may go for caps at the ballot box, but when faced with live human beings, they have a very different approach.

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Florida is looking to take its plaintiffs’ work in-house The Florida legislature is considering multiple bills — Senate Bill 1370 and House Bill 215 — that would limit the state’s attorney general’s ability to contract with outside attorneys. Most states allow government officials to contract with private attorneys to work on larger cases, particularly large pieces of litigation.

Why this bill? People get upset seeing lawyers collect huge contingency fees from the state. But the state would not fund and stuff, for example, the tobacco litigation. But everyone is so worried about trial lawyers getting over on the public that they would rather have nothing than 60% of something.

Florida legislators have the nerve to consider adding common sense to Florida’s wrongful death act. Really, the nerve. The inertia to change the law began with the family of a Florida teenager who disappeared over 30 years ago whose wrongful death lawsuit against the killer is barred by Florida’s wrongful death statute of limitations of two years even though the body was found just last year. Florida Senator Jeremy Ring has called Florida’s wrongful death law “antiquated and ineffective.”
It is awful injustices like these that make legislatures look at the bigger picture.

A Broward County jury awarded more than $8 million to the wife and three daughters of a North Miami Beach police officer in a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from a 2004 car accident. Jurors found that the family of the other driver and the Florida Department of Transportation were 70 percent negligent in the crash. The decedent Officer Orestes Lorenzo was found to be 30 percent responsible for the accident that caused his death. Accordingly, the jury reduced their award under Florida comparative negligence law from $11.5 million.

The Broward County jury hearing the case took their job seriously: the verdict was rendered at midnight on Saturday.

A Broward County, Florida jury has awarded $3.5 million to the family of a man who died 17 days after being implanted with a pacemaker. According to the family’s wrongful death lawyer, the jury found that doctors committed medical malpractice by not delaying the procedure because the man developed lung problems prior to the surgery.

Two units of Johnson & Johnson were ordered to pay $16.6 million to the family of a Chicago-area woman who died after using a Duragesic pain-patch. This is the 4th consecutive pain pump verdict against Johnson & Johnson in the pain pump litigation. Last month, a Florida jury awarded $13 million to the family of a woman who died after using a similar patch.

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