The mother of a twelve year old boy has served a notice on The City of Jacksonville of her intent to initiate litigation resulting from her claim that the nurse at his Duval County school failed to timely respond to his headache and swelling. The boy had a shunt in his head in order to drain fluid from his brain, a fact that was known to the school.
According to the mother, her son’s shunt had filled with fluid and his head began to swell, yet two hours was allowed to pass before he was sent to the hospital. Tragically, the boy died the next day allegedly due to excess fluid and pressure on his brain.
Any negligence claim against a municipality in Florida must be presented in writing six months before a suit seeking damages for personal injury or wrongful death can be filed. For the most part, negligence suits against a Florida city are capped at $100,000.00 per person and $200,000.00 per incident. In severe instances, the Florida Legislature can pass a claims bill allowing for compensation in excess of these limits; however, that is very rare and entails a lengthy and expensive process.
If you have any questions about a claim against a Florida municipality, please feel free to contact our Jacksonville negligence lawyers.