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Family Files Broward County Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over 80-Year-Old’s Fatal Fall from Drawbridge

The widow of an 80-year-old man who died after falling from a Hollywood, Florida drawbridge is seeking unspecified damages for his Broward County wrongful death. Desmond Nolan was killed on November 22 after he fell at least 30 feet to the concrete. He got stuck on the bridge, located on Sheridan Street, as it was raised over the Intracoastal Waterway. Nolan held onto the bridge but eventually let go. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Nolan leaves behind his wife of 57 years, Pauline Nolan, and three daughters. The couple, who are from Illinois, had been living in Hollywood, Florida during the winters for about two decades. The Florida Department of Transportation operates the drawbridge, which has a bell, flashing lights, and gate that are supposed to prevent cars and pedestrians from getting on the bridge as it closes and opens. Police say that Nolan, who was wearing headphones, may not have heard the bells go off. However, the Florida wrongful death complaint contends that the alarms did not go off as Nolan began walking across the bridge. The Broward County civil lawsuit also accuses Michael O’Rourke, the bridge tender, of failing to check whether there was anyone on the bridge before he opened it and not heeding the motorists who yelled at him and honked their horns to let him know that Nolan was hanging onto the bridge. ISS Facility Services, Transfield Services North America, and C & S Building Maintenance are defendants in the Hollywood, Florida wrongful death lawsuit. The family also intends to file a wrongful death complaint against the Florida Department of Transportation. Florida Wrongful Death In Florida, the victim’s family has two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death complaint. The decedent’s wife or husband, children, parents, and other family members who may have depended on the deceased for services or support, such as blood or adoptive siblings, are considered wrongful death “survivors” who may be able to seek damages from all negligent parties. Related Web Resources: Florida Department of Transportation Wrongful Death, Justia

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