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Experts at Robson Forensic were involved in a lengthy trial, in which a federal judge ruled in favor of the plaintiff. In this case, a 58-year-old deckhand employed on a tugboat was crushed to death when entrapped in the capstan of the boat by a towline under great pressure during an improperly conducted “swing maneuver.”

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After a lengthy trial, a federal judge ruled in favor of the widow a 58-year-old deckhand employed on a tugboat who in 2009 was crushed to death on the Hackensack River in New Jersey. A resident of Queens, NY, the deckhand perished when entrapped in the capstan of the boat by a towline under great pressure during an improperly conducted “swing maneuver.” The widow sued Connecticut-based Moran Towing Corporation for negligence, wrongful death and parental loss. She and her family were awarded a multi-million dollar judgment in damages by the United States District Court, Southern District of New York.

Bart is President/CEO of Robson Forensic, Inc. and also heads its Marine-Industrial-Specialty Practice Group and Ruhi is a Biomedical expert. Bart was retained as a primary liability expert in this Federal Admiralty matter. The purpose of his investigation was to reconstruct the fatal injury incident and to determine the cause or contributing factors to Young’s fatal injury. Bart’s reconstruction of the incident revealed that the towline pulled off the capstan, and disproved Moran’s theory that Young caused his own death.

Ruhi Arslanoglu, was able to link Bart’s reconstruction with the injuries sustained by Young to further disprove Moran’s theory, while supporting medical testimony that Young was conscious for at least two minutes while his body was being crushed to death. Bart was qualified by the court as an expert in maritime engineering and accident reconstruction. Ruhi was qualified by the court as an expert in the field of biomechanical engineering.

 

Featured Expert

Bartley J. Eckhardt, P.E.
Ruhi Arslanoglu, Ph.D.

Bart holds a B.E. in Marine Engineering, held advanced Merchant Marine licenses, and had sea time as Chief Engineer on an ocean-going tug. He was a co-author of the U.S. Navy Towing Manual, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in more than 20 states.

Ruhi holds degrees in Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering as well as having a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. He is also an EMT and SUBA Divemaster. He regularly analyzes injury causation.