ORCHARD PARK - The attorney for the victim of a fall incident at Ralph Wilson Stadium declined Tuesday to answer whether his client would pursue litigation against the Buffalo Bills, though he said he would soon contact the organization to "see what can be done to prevent this from happening in the future."
Charles Desmond, a lawyer with the Buffalo-based Gibson, McAskill and Crosby firm, said his client will visit a neurosurgical specialist on Wednesday for further assessment on his injuries, which include damage to his cervical region, possible compression fractures and a herniated disc. The victim, unnamed by 2 On Your Side out of respect for his wishes to stay out of the public eye, was hospitalized during Sunday's game against the New York Jets after 29-year-old Robert Hopkins slid down a railing and toppled him following a free-fall from the upper deck of the stadium.
Desmond said Hopkins could be "in the mix" for a lawsuit, but he's not yet ready to comment on how he'll proceed with the Bills.
"The Bills are a first-class organization. Russ Brandon's a class act. We'll definitely be in touch with them to see what can be done to prevent this from happening in the future," Desmond said. "And we'll just see how it plays out."
Desmond shared a letter he received from Hopkins' lawyer, which apologizes to his client for the incident. Hopkins said in the letter that he is "truly, truly sorry," adding that "I assure you this is out of character for me."
He would continue to write that his "heartfelt wish at this point is that you have a speedy recovery... please share my apologies with your family for the stress and worry this may have caused them."
Desmond said he's not able to speculate on the long-term injuries his client may face.
"He's depressed. He's in a lot of pain and discomfort, he wished it didn't happen so he can get back to his normal routine," Desmond said. "He doesn't want to draw attention to himself, he's got a good job, he's a nice young man, and he just wants to get better and prevent this from happening again... and move on in his life."
Desmond's client was released from the hospital later Sunday.