A woman who was run over by a Beach Patrol pickup in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, while sunbathing in 2011 was awarded $2.6 million in damages on June 26. However, she may only be eligible for a small fraction of that money under the state's laws.

According to WFTV News in Orlando, Florida, Erin Joynt was visiting the beach with her family, and while she was sunbathing, the Beach Patrol truck ran her over. She sustained serious injuries in the accident, including paralysis to the left side of her face and hearing and vision loss. As restitution, the jury specifically awarded her $2 million of the settlement just for pain and suffering.

However, this is only the beginning if Joynt actually wants to collect that money. According to WFTV, Florida law prevents the state or its agencies from paying more than $200,000 per incident in legal cases. In this case, the county already paid her husband and children a $164,000 settlement. For her to get the damages awarded by the court, she now has to take the case up with the state legislature and get the amount approved by them. Scroll down for the video about the entire case.


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      Adis Minaei
      • 5 Months Ago
      I moved out to Florida for a year, probably the most unhappy times in my life. No clue why people bother living in Florida.
      Bernard
      • 5 Months Ago
      This is why I will never live in Florida. All of the news coming out of that state is horrible, barbaric, backwards, and brain dead. Give the poor lady her money!
      Car Guy
      • 5 Months Ago
      Good for Florida. Stand up to the out of control tort system in this country.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Car Guy
        No. They are standing up to protect themselves against lawsuits. They are not protecting any other non-government individuals and companies from lawsuit judgments.
      Technoir
      • 5 Months Ago
      FL already has a governor who became rich by scamming the taxpayer out of over $150 million. Nothing is surprising from there on.
        skoobey
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Technoir
        I don't know about scam, but yes, in order for you to be rich, at least one has remained poor.
      rbnhd1144
      • 5 Months Ago
      Thats digusting, $200.000 is nothing for that kind of life changing damage. Florida, The "Screw You" state.
      r_r
      • 5 Months Ago
      Dear Bank of America, I would very much like to pay my promised monthly mortgage payment of $2,504, but my house law prevents me to pay anything above $50 for any kinds of payment. You will have to suck it up. Regards,
      Dfelix70
      • 5 Months Ago
      This woman shouldn't have to go through all of this in order to get paid for her damages. Her lawyer's comment that there wasn't evidence to support that amount of a payout just ticks me off. The woman has permanent medical issues due to the negligence of this patrol. She deserved more, IMO.
      BlackandMild
      • 5 Months Ago
      Florida puts up a good front with the beautiful sandy beaches, awesome coastline, Disney World and the vibrant Miami nightlife, but I swear this state is about as backwards with their laws and processes in comparison to most other states in the union and the world for that matter. This woman deserves to have the maximum of what was awarded for she is now disabled. I just hope that she can regain her hearing, vision and is be able to heal back to fully functioning as she had previous to being rolled over- Leave it up to Florida to place only a 200,000 value on a humans life- As tempting it is for me to relocate to Miami, It is reasons like this and previous court cases, that again confirms for me that Florida is a great place to visit but not live, at least for now-
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 5 Months Ago
      I wonder if the driver was so stupid that after he ran her over, he threw a life-preserver under the truck like an idiot. But seriously. Here is a question.How do you not see someone on the beach? Texting while driving? Or watching Boobies? Either way, only a distracted driver would make such a mistake.
        skoobey
        • 5 Months Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        Either way, I don't think he/she has forgiven him/herself. Point here being that the preferred vehicle for beach patrol is a HUGE TRUCK??? WHY? Isn't dune buggy A BIT more up to the task as you can actually see things around you?
      WindsWilling
      • 5 Months Ago
      "Pre-existing conditions"? That old hag. Did she have those issues that moment she was ran over? No? They occurred right after? Pay her. She was ran over by a truck, on the beach of all things, in front of her family. What's even worse is how much is her lawyer going to rob her for in this?
      Peter Middleton
      • 5 Months Ago
      She should have shot the person who ran her over. Legal in FL!
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 5 Months Ago
      How about you sue the driver of the truck? The county didn't run over you, he/she did. Or do government employees get sovereign immunity for their negligent actions too?
        infra
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Polly Prissy Pants
        Government has liability insurance, or is self insured, to cover incidents like these. Civil lawsuits follow the money. Or do you believe that the best result that could come out of a bad situation like this is to ruin the life of the driver who made the mistake? Vengeance benefits no one.
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