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Bill Text: HB 0765
HB 0765 2004
1 A bill to be entitled
2          An act relating to Escambia County; providing for the
3    relief of Bronwen Dodd; authorizing and directing the
4    District School Board of Escambia County to compensate
5    Bronwen Dodd for personal injuries that she suffered due
6    to the negligence of an employee of the school board;
7    providing for attorney's fees and costs; providing an
8    effective date.
10          WHEREAS, on the afternoon of March 24, 1997, an accident
11    involving an automobile and a school bus occurred at the
12    intersection of Summit Boulevard and Goya Drive in Escambia
13    County, and
14          WHEREAS, Bronwen Dodd was driving a 1988 Honda eastwardly
15    on Summit Boulevard, and a driver employed by the Escambia
16    County School Board was driving a school bus westwardly on
17    Summit Boulevard, and
18          WHEREAS, the driver of the school bus had stopped and
19    turned left in order to go south on Goya Drive, and
20          WHEREAS, as the school bus was turning south onto Goya
21    Drive, it struck Bronwen Dodd's Honda, causing that vehicle to
22    collide with another car that was stopped on Goya Drive, and
23          WHEREAS, a court subsequently found that the driver of the
24    school bus violated the right-of-way in making the turn, and
25          WHEREAS, as a result of the accident, Bronwen Dodd suffered
26    severe injuries, including: a closed-head injury (with loss of
27    consciousness); basilar skull, temporal, and sinus fractures; a
28    fractured mandible; cranial nerve injury; significant dental
29    injuries with multiple avulsions of her left incisor, left
30    medial incisor, maxillary teeth, and canines; bilateral
31    pneumothoraces; a punctured lower lip; a lacerated tongue;
32    multiple lacerations to her arm, face, and lower extremities;
33    and optical and auditory damage, and
34          WHEREAS, those injuries necessitated extensive medical
35    treatment, rehabilitation, and restorative treatments, and
36          WHEREAS, litigation relating to this accident was begun
37    and, after two unsuccessful attempts at mediation, both parties
38    agreed to participate in binding arbitration, which took place
39    on December 18, 2000, and
40          WHEREAS, on December 20, 2000, the arbitration panel
41    awarded Bronwen Dodd $275,000, which did not include any award
42    for past medical expenses, and
43          WHEREAS, after the arbitrators assessed 20-percent
44    negligence to Bronwen Dodd, her award was reduced to $220,000,
45    and
46          WHEREAS, a final judgment in the amount of $340,999.75 was
47    entered against the Escambia County School Board on May 21,
48    2001, and
49          WHEREAS, the Escambia County School Board has paid to
50    Bronwen Dodd the sum of $100,000, which is the statutory limit
51    pursuant to s. 768.28, Florida Statutes, and Bronwen Dodd is,
52    therefore, petitioning the Legislature for further
53    reimbursement in the amount of $240,999.75, NOW, THEREFORE,
55          Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
57          Section 1. The facts stated in the preamble to this act
58    are found and declared to be true.
59          Section 2. The District School Board of Escambia County is
60    authorized and directed to appropriate from funds of the county
61    not otherwise appropriated and to draw a warrant in the amount
62    of $240,999.75, which amount includes statutory attorney's fees
63    and costs, payable to Bronwen Dodd as compensation for injuries
64    and damages sustained as a result of the negligence of an
65    employee of the school board.
66          Section 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.
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