A recent article highlighted the damages that Notre Dame may face in negligence lawsuits flowing the tragic death of student Declan Sullivan. The 20 year-old Notre Dame victim passed away while he was videotaping the football practice during 50-mph winds when the lift he was standing on collapsed to the ground. Chillingly, the victim’s “tweets” prior to his untimely death conveyed his awareness and concern about the horrific weather and dangerous situation he was about to enter. It remains to be seen whether the 20 year-old victim’s death was an unfortunate accident or a wrongful death for which Notre Dame is liable.
A wrongful death is one that is caused by the negligence or misconduct of an individual or company. The Chicago injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti have pursued wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of the families of victims of car accidents, medical malpractice, and nursing home abuse. Most recently, Chicago injury attorney at Levin & Perconti achieved a 6.5 million Illinois trucking accident lawsuit settlement on behalf of a victim’s loved ones.
In order to determine if the University of Notre Dame is liable for the wrongful death of the young victim, one has to figure out if Notre Dame officials acted negligently in allowing the young man to continue his videography of the football practice during 50-mph winds. If the legal system ultimately concludes that the school’s negligence was largely at fault for the young man’s untimely death, the next step would be to determine compensatory or punitive damages.
To read more legal analysis on the potential wrongful death liability that Notre Dame may face, please follow the link.