State mistakes lead to tragedies, but relief often elusive
Janet Pandrea died on April 2, 2002, from complications due to the chemotherapy she received for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
But the 65-year-old woman did not have cancer. A jury found Coral Springs Medical Center liable for the mistake that ultimately killed her. Her husband, Charles Pandrea, was awarded a final judgment of $808,554.78.
But 12 years later, he has not collected.
Under state law, any government entity in Florida has to pay only $200,000 — the rest must be awarded by the state Legislature. During the past session, 27 such claims were sent to the Florida Senate Judiciary Committee. None was ever heard.
This year, 32 such bills have been filed, each representing a tragedy. The cases involve traffic accidents caused by government employees, medical malpractice, exonerated prisoners, and deaths and severe abuse under the watch of government agencies. Read the Full Story.
Congratulations Stetson University College of Law- 2014 Mock Trial Winners
The FJA, FJA Research & Education Foundation, and the FJA Young Lawyers Section hosted the 2014 Hon. E. Earle Zehmer Mock Trial Competition in Tampa, FL. Congratulations to this year’s winning team and recipient of a $2000 scholarship Stetson University College of Law (Team D); this is the second year in a row that they have won this competition. The runner-up, University of Florida College of Law (Team A), also received a scholarship of $1,000. Thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, the judges and staff at George E. Edgecomb Courthouse, and most importantly the competitors! Special thanks to our Mock Trial Co-Chairs Jason K. Whittemore, Esq. and Jarrett DeLuca, Esq., our Mock Trial Director Elisha Charpentier, our Dep. General Counsel G.C. Murray, Jr., and the Special Asst. to the Dep. Gen. Counsel Devin Dudley!