Florida Senate - 2017 (NP) CS for SB 30 By the Committee on Judiciary; and Senator Simmons 590-02189-17 201730c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act for the relief of Erin Joynt by Volusia County; 3 providing for an appropriation to compensate Erin 4 Joynt for injuries sustained as a result of the 5 negligence of an employee of Volusia County; providing 6 that certain payments and the appropriation satisfy 7 all present and future claims related to the negligent 8 act; providing a limitation on the payment of attorney 9 fees; providing an effective date. 10 11 WHEREAS, on July 31, 2011, Erin Joynt, her husband, and two 12 children were vacationing beachgoers on Daytona Beach as they 13 journeyed from their native Wichita, Kansas, to their planned 14 destination of Walt Disney World, and 15 WHEREAS, at the same time, in the regular course of his 16 employment duties, Thomas Moderie, an employee of the Volusia 17 County Beach Patrol, was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck owned 18 by the county along the beach, and 19 WHEREAS, Mr. Moderie negligently operated the truck, 20 running over Mrs. Joynt while she was sunbathing on the beach, 21 and 22 WHEREAS, as a result of the impact with the truck, Mrs. 23 Joynt sustained severe injuries, including, but not limited to, 24 multiple cranial and facial fractures, rib fractures, permanent 25 facial injuries, and chronic back pain, and 26 WHEREAS, Mrs. Joynt continues to suffer as a result of the 27 impact and is unable to blink her right eye without the 28 assistance of a gold weight sewn into her eyelid and has a 29 perforated eardrum and additional hearing loss, permanent facial 30 paralysis, speech and neurological deficits, and chronic pain, 31 and 32 WHEREAS, after a 4-day trial in June 2014, at which Volusia 33 County acknowledged the negligence of Mr. Moderie, a jury found 34 the county liable for Mrs. Joynt’s injuries and awarded her 35 compensatory damages in the amount of $2.6 million, and 36 WHEREAS, on January 12, 2016, following resolution of an 37 appeal initiated by the county, a final judgment in the amount 38 of $2 million was entered against Volusia County by the trial 39 court, and 40 WHEREAS, Volusia County is insured for Mrs. Joynt’s claim 41 for damages through an excess liability insurance policy 42 underwritten by Star Insurance Company, and 43 WHEREAS, Volusia County has already paid $85,000 of the 44 judgment to Mrs. Joynt pursuant to the statutory limits of 45 liability set forth in s. 768.28, Florida Statutes, which were 46 in effect at the time that Mrs. Joynt’s claim arose, NOW, 47 THEREFORE, 48 49 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 50 51 Section 1. The facts stated in the preamble to this act are 52 found and declared to be true. 53 Section 2. Volusia County is authorized and directed to 54 appropriate from funds of the county not otherwise encumbered, 55 or from the county’s liability insurance coverage, and to draw a 56 warrant in the sum of $1,895,000, payable to Erin Joynt as 57 compensation for injuries and damages sustained. 58 Section 3. The amount paid by Volusia County pursuant to s. 59 768.28, Florida Statutes, and the amount awarded under this act 60 are intended to provide the sole compensation for all present 61 and future claims arising out of the factual situation described 62 in this act which resulted in injuries and damages to Erin 63 Joynt. The total amount paid for attorney fees relating to this 64 claim may not exceed 25 percent of the amount awarded under this 65 act. 66 Section 4. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.