Justin C. Leto of Leto | Bassuk has been featured in an NBC 6 investigative report about the problems in the Broward County paratransit system. The investigation stems from an incident involving Leto | Bassuk client, Miguel Colareta. Miguel was a disabled resident of Broward County in 2012 and utilized the TOPS paratransit program to get to and from work. On April 16, 2012 he was backing his electric wheelchair out of a van owned and operated by private contractor Allied Medical Transport when the van’s wheelchair lift failed, causing Miguel to fall to the ground. The fall caused a break in his spine and a bleed in his brain. The end result was that this man that had worked so hard to overcome his disabilities was left a quadriplegic, relegated to a nursing home and in need of 24 hour care.
Leto | Bassuk (known at the time as The Leto Law Firm) filed a lawsuit against Allied Medical Transport and the manufacturer of the lift. After resolving the matter with the lift manufacturer, the case proceeded against Allied Medical Transport. A judgment was eventually entered against Allied Medical Transport for $10 million, which you can read about here.
Next, a lawsuit was filed against Broward County alleging a complete mismanagement of the paratransit system. Recently, Broward County agreed to settle the case for the maximum allowable under statutory caps, $300,000.
Tony Pipitone of NBC 6 has been following this story and other stories involving the problems surrounding the paratransit programs in both Miami-Dade and Broward County, and following this settlement with Broward County, NBC 6 interviewed Aida Colareta and Justin Leto about the case, the result, and what it will mean for the Colareta family.
Leto | Bassuk proudly represents victims in catastrophic injury cases, traumatic brain injury cases, and wrongful death cases. Whether the injury or wrongful death is caused by medical malpractice, trucking negligence, auto negligence, construction defect, or product defect, Leto | Bassuk has the experience necessary to pursue the case with success.