Florida Senate - 2017 CS for CS for SB 334 By the Committees on Rules; and Judiciary; and Senator Steube 595-03065-17 2017334c2 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to prejudgment interest; creating s. 3 55.035, F.S.; requiring a court to include interest on 4 economic damages and costs in the final judgment of a 5 negligence action as a result of a personal injury; 6 specifying the date from which interest accrues; 7 prescribing the applicable interest rate; providing 8 applicability; providing an effective date. 9 10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 11 12 Section 1. Section 55.035, Florida Statutes, is created to 13 read: 14 55.035 Prejudgment interest.—In a negligence action in 15 which a plaintiff recovers economic damages as the result of a 16 personal injury, the court shall include in the final judgment 17 interest on each component of economic damages. Such interest 18 accrues from the date of the loss of an economic benefit or 19 payment made by the plaintiff. If the plaintiff recovers costs, 20 the court shall include in the final judgment interest on such 21 costs beginning on the first day of the month immediately 22 following the month in which costs were paid. The rate of 23 interest applicable to this section is the rate established 24 pursuant to s. 55.03. 25 Section 2. This act applies to causes of action that accrue 26 on or after July 1, 2017. 27 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.