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$32,500 Florida Jail Accident Settlement

On October 30, 2001, the Broward County jail in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, settled a prisoner's work accident suit for $32,500. Edward Beal, 47, a prisoner at the county jail was assigned to a jail work program at the Dania Beach facility. While cutting trees, Beal fell seven to eight feet from the roof of a building he was standing on. As a result of the fall Beal suffered lower back injuries.

Beal filed suit in state court and the county settled the lawsuit by agreeing to pay him $32,500. The county had claimed that Beal's injury was preexisting because he had suffered a similar injury before being imprisoned while working in construction. Beal was represented by Ft. Lauderdale attorney Peter Feld. See: Beat v. Jenne , Broward County Circuit Court No. 00-14398-04.

Source: Florida Jury Verdict Reporter

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Beal v. Jenne