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Girl Wins $15M Verdict in Civil Case Against FL Department of Children and Families

A Volusia County jury recently awarded a girl a $15 million verdict in a civil case accusing the Florida Department of Children and Families of failing to protect her from the abuse that resulted in her permanent brain damage when she was 21 months old.

The 8-year-old girl’s Fort Lauderdale-based attorneys want an exception to the law that limits claims against Florida government agencies to $200,000 per person and $300,000 per incident.

“Our fight is to ensure that she will be able to live at home with her family and have the care, dignity, and resources that she deserves for the rest of her life,” Attorney Stacie Schmerling said in a statement on Dec. 12.


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