South Florida is a hotbed for high school football. Recently, four schools from Miami-Dade and Broward Counties captured state championships, including Miami Southridge, Miami Carol City, St. Thomas Aquinas and American Heritage School in Plantation. But it is also big business. College scholarships and the prestige of winning state championships are on the line. With so much pressure to win, many coaches are pushing young student-athletes beyond their physical limits. In some cases, players with health issues are forced to risk their lives for gridiron glory. In Hartsville, South Carolina, the parents of Ronald Rouse received a $260,000 settlement to dismiss their wrongful death lawsuit over the cardiac arrest death of their son.
Back in 2012, Ronald Rouse collapsed after walking off the field following his team’s homecoming football game. He died shortly. According to Rouse’s parents, school officials allowed their son to play despite the detection of heart abnormalities found during the spring before his death. Rouse’s death was the result of a previously undiagnosed cardiac arrhythmia condition. To make things worse, Rouse’s death was due to the negligence of the school district and local rescue squad which agreed to attend all Hartsville High School games and to closely monitor the young lineman. The source of the settlement will come from at least two insurance groups and a variety of public education funds.
Although this case took place in South Carolina, high school football injuries and fatalities should be the concern of every parent with a child playing sports in South Florida. With thousands of teens participating in a wide variety of sports in Miami-Dade and Broward, local sports governing bodies have taken the initiative to provide medical personnel to treat potential serious injuries. The Broward County Athletic Association and Greater Miami Athletic Conference have strict rules in place to prevent these situations from ever happening.
Just one wrongful death case to a student-athlete is one too many. Over the years, the personal injury attorneys at Neufeld Kleinberg & Pinkiert, P.A. have represented many families of wrongful death victims. Winning a wrongful death lawsuit can never bring your loved one back. But when that family member is the head of a household, it can have a financially crippling effect. In addition to the loss of income, there are medical expenses, funeral expenses, victim’s potential future earnings, medical benefits and pensions on the line. When that death was caused by the negligence of another party, it is important to seek legal representation to recover the money you deserve. The Miami wrongful death lawyers at Neufeld Kleinberg & Pinkiert, P.A. can provide legal counsel for the following types of cases:
If you have lost a family member or loved-one due to the negligence of others. Contact the law offices of Neufeld Kleinberg & Pinkiert, P.A. and discover how a Miami wrongful death lawyer can help.