The death of a North Carolina teenager shortly after he returned home from football practice has led his parents to file a wrongful death lawsuit. At a time when Oregon is focusing more attention on head injuries stemming from student athletics this tragedy on the other side of the country is a reminder that concussions and traumatic brain injuries are not the only things parents – particularly the parents of student-athletes – need to worry about.
According to the Durham Herald-Sun the 17 year old high school football player called 911 from home after experiencing stomach cramps following practice. A paramedic and a fourth-year medical student examined him “and advised him to continue to drink fluids.” The two rescue workers then left him alone. The teenager died a short time later. The incident, which took place in August 2008, has now led to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the boy’s parents against the paramedic, county emergency services and the county government. The official cause of death has not been released, according to the Herald-Sun.
It would be wrong to discount the enormously important, and sometimes dangerous, jobs that paramedics and other emergency responders perform every day. This story is also, however, a reminder that when serious mistakes, or negligence, occur it is important that those responsible be held to account.
An Oregon wrongful death can be an especially traumatic event for the loved ones who are left behind. Should your family be unfortunate enough to suffer a situation like this, consulting with a Portland wrongful death attorney can be a first step toward bringing some balance, and peace of mind, back to the lives of family members left behind.
Durham Herald-Sun: Family of late Chapel Hill football player files wrongful death lawsuit