State lawmakers have the life of a 72-year-old North Palm Beach man in their hands, his doctor told them this week.
Carl Abbott desperately needs the $1.9 million the Palm Beach County School Board agreed to pay him when he was run over by a school bus in 2008, Dr. Pierre Deltor said in a letter to House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, and Senate President Don Gaetz. The money, that the Legislature has withheld for three years, would enable Abbott to get rigorous medical treatment to regain some semblance of a normal life.
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Local claims bills
Two other Palm Beach County families are waiting for the Legislature to act on bills that would give them money a government agency or a jury said they deserve for injuries they sustained from government wrongdoing. They are:
- Altavious Carter, a Summit Christian basketball standout, was awarded $1 million by a jury in 2010 for injuries he sustained in 2005 when a county school bus plowed into the back of a car in which he was a passenger. Having received the $100,000 statutory limit that was in effect at the time of the crash, he is asking state lawmakers to pass a bill to force the school board to pay him $944,000.
- Javier Soria, 36, a father of three, sustained lifelong neurological and physical injuries when his motorcycle was struck by a Palm Beach County dump truck on Congress Avenue in 2007. He settled what could have been a multi-million lawsuit with the county for $300,000. Having already paid him $100,000, the county has agreed to pay him another $100,000 if the Legislature passes the bill.
Source: Palm Beach Post research.