Freak incident causes man to lose finger at museum exhibit

March 29th, 2013 - by niftyadmin


This story may be a little bit on the older side, but it provides an important look at how someone’s life can be permanently affected by unsafe premises or by the negligence of another.

The incident may not have occurred in Florida, but that is not the point. A man attended a museum in Texas with his daughter when they approached an interactive exhibit called “Jump.” The point of the exhibit is for patrons to jump near a wall and compare their leap with that of famous people and professional athletes. It sounds like fun, right?

Well, the father probably thought that too. He approached the wall, which has an ascending arc of lights that the jumper is supposed to hit to measure their jump. When he did this, his ring finger got caught on one of the buttons somehow, eventually severing the finger. Doctors were unable to reattach his finger and he has consulted an attorney in preparation of a civil lawsuit against the museum.

The incident itself is painful and awful enough to make you feel bad for this poor man. But think about the rest of his life — he will no longer have the full use and capability of his hand, and there will certainly be an element of shame or embarrassment when he shows his now four-fingered hand.

The other thing to consider here is the medical side of the incident. This man had to go through multiple failed surgeries to try and reattach his finger. He surely suffered before, during and after the surgeries. He also racked up about $40,000 in bills to treat his serious injury.

All of these things — the irreparable damage to his body, the medical bills, the pain and suffering, the loss of a normal life — can result in compensation for a victim filing a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: KHOU, “Man who lost finger at museum exhibit plans to sue,” David Schechter, Feb. 8, 2013

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