Stoneman Douglas students prepare to file lawsuits
PARKLAND, Fla. (CBS 12) —
Anthony Borges was shot five times during the massacre.
He was called a hero by his fellow classmates that say he tried to close and lock their classroom door to save them before he was shot.
In a notice of intent to file claim his attorney wrote, “The failure of Broward County Public Schools, and of the Principal and School Resource Officer to adequately protect students, and in particular our client, from life-threatening harm were unreasonable, callous and negligent. Such action or inaction led to the personal injuries sustained by my client.”
They’re seeking damages in an amount that has yet to be determined.
“I couldn’t even begin to imagine the type of money that they’re going to ask for,” said Michael Salnick.
Attorney Michael Salnick said it will likely be a lot of money, but in civil cases Florida law caps damages for government wrongdoing at $200,000.
It’s what’s known as sovereign immunity.
Salnick said the school and sheriff’s office are insured for things like this, but they’re probably going to want to settle the claims in some way.
“It would be very, very bad for Broward county to say well we’re immune by statute and therefore you’re not going to sue. I don’t think that’s going to happen here,” said Salnick.
A state lawmaker can file a claims bill for lawsuits with verdicts more than $200,000, but it requires full legislative approval.
According to our partners at the Sun Sentinel, a law firm representing another victim Kyle Laman has also sent a letter of its intent to file a claim against several defendants.
Salnick said these two claims are just the beginning.
“It’s going to be a nightmare, a legal nightmare,” said Salnick.
Broward County Schools said it does not comment on pending litigation.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said it has not yet received a letter from Borges.