Government mistakes in Florida force victims into "cold, harsh system," they say

Personal tragedies become political showdowns

Florida - If you were sued, you'd have to pay up, but when a government agency is to blame we've discovered Florida doesn't always pay its victims.

In fact, it can take victims of government mistakes years and years to be compensated for the tragedies that, in some cases, resulted in life-long injuries or even death.

In 2012, 9-year-old Aaron Beauchamp was riding home on a St. Lucie County school bus when the driver turned straight in to the path of an oncoming semi.

Aaron was one of 30 students on the bus that day and the only student to die in the crash. 

For the first time publicly, his mother talks candidly about the process she never expected to be thrust into after a jury awarded her family $8.6 million in damages for the government mistake that stole her little boy and hear why one Florida lawmaker calls Florida's way of handling government tragedies one of the worst in the country.

The ugly truth behind government tragedies in Florida tonight at 11 on NewsChannel 5.

 

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