Attorneys for 5-year-old Jace Manning and the insurer for the Broward Sheriff’s Office have settled the boy’s Coral Springs, Florida brain injury lawsuit for $1.575 million. The settlement brought the civil trial proceedings to a halt.
The plaintiff’s side contended that county child welfare officials failed to protect Jace, who sustained brain damage after they let him keep living with his mom and boyfriend even though there were signs that the couple might be abusive. His grandmother had even warned authorities that Jace, then 5-months, was in danger.
As a result of his head trauma, Jace remains developmentally disabled, walks with a limp, and requires intense speech therapy. He now lives with his grandmother.
Because the Broward State Attorney’s Office’s said that it couldn’t prove that anyone actually hurt the boy, no criminal charges were ever filed. However, in 2008, Jace’s Ft. Lauderdale Florida injury lawyers sued 10 defendants, including the Department of Children & Families, Department of Children & Families, hospitals, and doctors. All of the parties have now settled with Jace’s family.
There may be parties who should be held liable for not stopping or preventing a violent crime from happening. When failure to act allows injury or death, depending on the specifics of the case, the victim and his/her family may have grounds for a Broward County personal injury claim.
Filing a Coral Springs personal injury lawsuit against any kind of government entity has its own set of challenges-especially when allegations of child abuse are involved. This is why it is so important that you work with a Florida injury law firm that knows how to help you.
$1.575 million settlement reached in Broward Sheriff’s Office case over abused child, Sun-Sentinel, February 3, 2011
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