|BSO Deputy Christopher Thieman was speeding because he was late to work; he left Brody's car looking like this.|
Eric Brody was 18 years old when a speeding off-duty Broward Sheriff's deputy T-boned his car on Oakland Park Boulevard and left Brody in a coma. The officer was later fired for falsifying police reports in an unrelated incident; Brody woke up six months later with permanent brain damage.
A jury awarded the Brody family more than $30 million, but a Florida law requires any judgment of more than $200,000 to be ratified by the Legislature. Yesterday, after 14 years and multiple failed attempts, the Florida Legislature passed the compensation bill
for Brody -- but he'll never see that $30 million.
The compensation bill the House approved yesterday clears the way for the insurance company of the Broward Sheriff's Office to pay just under $11 million for Brody's care.
"It should be enough to take care of him for the rest of his life," Eric's father, Chuck Brody, said, according to the Miami Herald
. "That's the main thing."
The Senate passed its companion bill on the first day of the session back in January; all the deal needs now, once the bills are reconciled, is Gov. Rick Scott's signature.