Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - November 7, 2017
REVISED November 7, 2017 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #19

Catherine Brigandi v. Manatee County, Case No. 2015 CA 2570


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Geoffrey K. Nichols, Esq.
Assistant County Attorney
Extension 3750

Action Requested
Motion to approve a settlement in the matter of Catherine Brigandi v. Manatee County, for a payment by the County of $37,500.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Florida Statutes Section 125.01 and Florida Statutes Section 768.28.

Background Discussion
  • Facts of the Case:  On September 29, 2011, Plaintiff, Catherine Brigandi, was attempting to board an MCAT handi-bus using the drop-down loader, when she tripped and fell on the lip of the loader.  The loader was deployed improperly and its lip was not flush with the walking surface.  The entire incident was recorded via the bus's onboard cameras.
  • Plaintiff's Damages and Medical Expenses:  As a result of this incident, Plaintiff Catherine Brigandi claimed personal injuries related to the incident including:  left hand, both knees, left shoulder, left ribs, head injury, low back and left foot.  The medical bills for Plaintiff totaled $62,451.09.  The Plaintiff passed away on January 1, 2016, thus limiting future damages related to medical expenses, and pain and suffering.  After the passing of the Plaintiff, the lawsuit was pursued by the personal representative of the estate.

County Attorney Review
Other (Requires explanation in field below)

Explanation of Other
This is a County Attorney item.

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
If approved, please e-mail an approved copy of this agenda item to:

Geoffrey K. Nichols, Assistant County Attorney

Linda R. Klasing, Risk Manager


Diane M. Hajek, Legal Assistant

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
$37,500/One Time/Self-Insurance Fund

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  SIGNED Mediated Settlement Agreement.pdf
Attachment:  SIGNED Settlement Agreement Release.pdf
Attachment:  SIGNED Auth Form to Release HIPAA.pdf