A man’s arm was severed at a bus stop located at 1100 North Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida around lunch time today. According to Matt Little, the spokesman for the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, the man’s arm was severed after a vehicle collided with the bus bench he was sitting on. This story is just beginning to unfold and the details are not yet publicly known.
The man’s name has not been published nor has the name of the driver of the vehicle who hit him. So far, there is no indication as to whether or not this case may involve a DUI or some other criminal offense. No arrests have been made thus far.
Regardless, the victim in this case should immediately hire an attorney to represent his interests. He may be entitled to extensive monetary compensation and building a strong case starts now.
First, this man must focus his energy on getting medical attention for his injury. Since his arm was severed, he may need to have multiple surgeries to repair his wound and minimize any pain or damage to his bones or nerves.
Once he is able to think clearly, this man or his family should hire the most intelligent lawyer they can find. To get the best results possible, I think the ideal lawyer for this case would have ample courtroom experience, be extremely familiar with police investigations of car accidents, as well as have a solid professional understanding of how injuries and liability translate into a winnable case for court.
As this man recovers from losing his arm, his lawyer must begin work on the case immediately. There is absolutely no time to waste.
First, the lawyer must launch his own independent investigation to uncover all the details of this case. Launching the independent investigation as soon as possible will help strengthen the case by preserving evidence.
This includes taking statements from as many eye-witnesses as possible and obtaining any and all surveillance videos from the scene, including nearby ATM machine cameras, traffic cameras, and security cameras that may have captured all or part of the incident on tape.
A good lawyer will also retain the services of a private investigator and an accident reconstructionist. A private investigator would help by providing background information on all the relevant witneses and parties, especially for the person who drove the car that severed the man’s arm.
An accident reconstructionist would help the man’s lawyer understand the mechanics of the accident. Such knowledge will prove invaluable in settlement negotiations and in court, especially if this case goes to trial.
When analyzing the mechanics of the crash, an accident reconstructionist will pour over every available detail, such as eye witness statements, police crash reports, and physical evidence obtained from the scene, such as photographs of treadmarks, scratches and gouging in the roadway, and any other available evidence. Other factors that will be considered include the make and model of the vehicle that hit the man, any modifications made to the vehicle, such as the addition of after-market parts, and any known mechanical problems the vehicle may have had, such as bad breaks.
As the man receives medical treatment, it will also be necessary to compile all of his medical records.
Ultimately, the man’s lawyer must collect as much evidence as possible to determine two things. First, did the driver of the vehicle who hit the man do something wrong to cause the accident? While I doubt the man is responsible in any way, the lawyer must also eliminate any possibility that the man contributed to the accident in some way, such as by walking into the roadway.
Second, the lawyer must document the man’s injuries. In a case like this, the physical injuries are obvious because the man’s arm has been severed. Aside from his physical injuries, the man will also suffer extensive financial damages due to lost work and future lost earnings because he is no longer able to work as he once did. Documenting the man’s pain and suffering is also necessary.
As this case develops I am sure we will learn both the name of the man who suffered the severed arm as well as the driver of the vehicle who is suspected to have caused this accident.
However, aside from the driver of the vehicle, a good lawyer will also consider whether any other parties are also responsible for this accident. For example, I would like to know how close the bus bench was situated next to the roadway. Was it too close to the street to be safe or was it a safe distance from the road’s edge? Moreover, are were there any other road conditions present that either caused or contributed to the accident, such as potholes or other disrepair? If so, the City of For Lauderdale and/or Broward County may be responsible and may also become defendants in any future lawsuit.
Ultimately, a good lawyer owes a very important duty to his or her client. A good lawyer must work hard, must thoroughly investigate the case, and must think creatively. Those responsible for this accident should be brought to justice and held accountable for the man’s severed arm.
For now, we must keep in mind that this is a developing story and there is presently not enough information available to draw any conclusions about what exactly happened and who may or may not be responsible.