Sovereign immunity is the law that allows State of Florida governmental entities/ agencies to limit their exposure to injuries or damages and even death caused by a state entity/ agencies negligence. The limit for many years has been $100,000.00 per individual and $200,000.00 per incident.
This amount has now been increased to $200,000.00 per individual and $300,000.00 per incident for causes of action that occur after October 1, 2011. The per incident cap is the limit of funds to be paid by the state regardless of how many people were injured or killed. While the increase in these caps is a step in the right direction it is still woefully insufficient to handle significant losses.
One remedy to exceeding these caps is the cumbersome and politically charged filing of a “claims bill” that requires debate and passage through the state legislature and is not vetoed by the Governor. If you or a friend or family member have been injured by a governmental agency please contact us for a free consultation.