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An appeals court Wednesday agreed with the Florida Department of Health that a state program should not shield a doctor from potential liability in a medical-malpractice case stemming from the death of a patient. 

With Friday’s deadline, about 30 claims bills were filed in the Florida Senate. A few of them seeking to further compensate different victims are controversial.

Legislature Sees Movement On Claims Bills

Apr 21, 2015

State lawmakers pushed through six claims bill on Monday.  The 2015 session could be one of the few times the state pays claimants in two years.

The Robinson family

A Florida House committee on Tuesday will look at 14 claim bills, including a multi-million dollar settlement for a fatal Lynx bus accident in Kissimmee. 

Matthew Robinson was crossing the street in Kissimmee when Lynx bus failed to yield at the crosswalk, hitting and killing the 10-year-old. Lynx admitted fault and settled for $3.2 million, but government settlements in Florida are capped at $200,000.

The Robinson family

Matthew Robinson loved to have eggs for dinner.  But they were out the evening of November 4, 2010. So the 10-year-old and his brother Mark walked out of their Kissimmee apartment and headed across the street to the Kangaroo convenience store. 

While crossing the street to come home, a city bus made a left turn into the crosswalk and hit the two boys. Mark Robinson grabbed a hold of the bike rack on the front, and crawled out from the bus.

But the back tire crushed Matthew Robinson to death.