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UPDATE: Brody family lawyers, lobbyists agree to give up payment to get bill passed

by Dara Kam | March 8th, 2012

UPDATE: Fourteen years after he was critically injured after a Broward Sheriff’s deputy crashed into him, Eric Brody and his family are in line to receive $10.75 million.

Lawmakers in the House and Senate finally settled their differences over the compensation for Brody, one of Senate President Mike Haridopolos’s top priorities, after the chambers traded the bill back-and-forth. The wheelchair-bound Brody and his parents were in the Senate gallery when the measure was unanimously approved this evening.

Attorneys and lobbyists trying to get compensation for a severely disabled Broward County man – one of Senate President Mike Haridopolos’s top priorities – have agreed to waive their fees in order to settle Eric Brody’s case.

Brody, now 32, was injured in 1988 when a speeding Broward Sheriff’s deputy crashed into his car, leaving him in a wheelchair and requiring extensive personal assistance

The chambers failed to reach agreement on the compensation for Brody last year, and the measure became part of a late-night meltdown on the final day of the session.

This year, the House and Senate have again been unable to reach consensus on how much Brody’s team should be paid. The House wanted to limit the fees to $400,000, but the Senate yesterday changed the bill (SB 4) to let the man’s family decide how much of the $10.75 million settlement should go to the team, including lawyer Lance Block, who has worked on the case for 14 years.

The fight over the fees is “what gives lawyers a bad name,” Block said.

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