People injured by government employees are currently restricted in the amount of damages they can recover without a claims bill being pushed through the legislature. The “cap” now is $200,000.00 per person and $300,000.00 per incident. This has long been viewed as unfair and draconian. Seriously injured folks, catastrophically injured, have been denied full compensation under the current law. Take for instance the case of a North Palm Beach man who was run over by a school bus leaving him unable to care for himself. The town settled the case for 1.9 million dollars but the man is still waiting for his money more than two years later. Very few of these “claims bills” pass and they are politically motivated and controlled by Tallahassee insiders. Reform, however, is on the way. The new proposed system would require municipalities to carry insurance with limits of 3 million per person and 4.5 million per occurrence. Those municipalities that choose to not carry insurance would be subjected the amount a jury would award regardless of the caps. Attorney’s fees would still be limited to 25% of the gross amount. Critics on both sides are complaining. Tort reform advocates see nothing wrong with the current system. Advocates for the citizenry say the new caps are too low. This is an excellent start to hold the municipalities accountable for the negligence of their employees. Obviously, work still needs to be done by the lawmakers to hammer out an acceptable new law, but it’s a start.