JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville City Council is urging Gov. Rick Scott and Florida lawmakers to pass a claims bill that would allow the city to pay an 18-year-old who was paralyzed when a tree limb fell on him.
The Florida Times-Union reported that sovereign immunity limits a city's liability to $200,000 per individual even though Jacksonville agreed Aubrey Stewart was due $3.5 million after he was paralyzed him from the chest down.
Numerous complaints had been filed, including by Stewart's father, about the rotting tree before the incident. But because the city had lowered its public works budget, nothing was done until it was too late.
The legislative claims bill process allows Stewart to ask the Legislature to let the city pay more than $200,000.