Eric Brody won a $30 million lawsuit seven years ago in connection with the brain damage he suffered when his car was T-boned by a speeding Broward Sheriff's deputy. To get the money, however, the state Legislature needed to approve it. After four years of political maneuvering, Gov. Rick Scott signed the claims bill last week.
But what happens now? Brody's lawyer, Lance Block, explained it to the Pulp this afternoon.
Brody is less than three weeks from getting his money, he said. Though the seriously trimmed $10.75 million check cleared by the state is far less than Brody was awarded, Block said it will be enough to make sure Brody is taken care of.
It's also more than just an assurance that Brody's care will continue in the future -- Block said it will "vastly improve the quality of Eric's life" immediately.
After the crash in March 1998, Brody was in a coma for six months and awoke with brain damage that left him largely without the ability to walk, talk, or perform fine motor tasks.
"The first two or three years of Eric's rehabilitation, he received an extensive amount of therapy, specifically speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy multiple times a week," Block said. "His speech was far more clearer, his ability to move without the assistance of a wheelchair was far greater, and his fine motor skills were more developed. And then the care was greatly reduced, and Eric has deteriorated as a result."
That changes now, Block said. Though he did say Brody "didn't win the lottery," if the money is "invested properly and managed reasonably, it should be enough to pay Eric's bills... Eric didn't get a penny for his pain and suffering or the catastrophic lifelong disability that he suffers from, his inability to speak, and walk and have a job.
"The other thing is that his parents will finally get some respite," Block said. "For the last 14 years, they've provided Eric with 24-hour, seven-day-a-week care... There are people that are trained to do that... Their job will be to work with Eric and socialize with Eric and help Eric with his day-to-day needs."