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$1.5M Settlement awarded to Family of Man Killed on Drawbridge


This is a settlement for the Personal Injury lawsuit.

Broward County: FL: A $1.5 million settlement was awarded to the family of a man who was killed after he fell from a drawbridge, and who filed a personal injury suit.

In 2009, Desmond Nolan, 82 years of age at the time, was walking across a drawbridge when, as he neared the halfway point, the drawbridge opened, causing Nolan to fall to the pavement below, sustaing fatal injuries. According to the lawsuit, Nolan clung to the bridge's grating before falling about 60 feet to the pavement below. He died several hours later.

In their suit, Nolan's family alleged that Michael O'Rourke, the bridge worker, failed to check to see if anyone was on the bridge before opening it and failed to react to the alerts from drivers who where honking and yelling. Defense counsel argued that Nolan proceeded to walk on the bridge despite bells and whistles warning him not to. Counsel also claimed Nolan was not visible on security cameras when he was near the attendant's office.

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Published on Aug-9-11

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