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The Tragic Effects of Heat Exhaustion on Young Athletes

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On May 29, 2018, 19-year-old Jordan McNair attended an outdoor football practice at the University of Maryland with his entire future ahead of him. Two weeks later, he died in the hospital. Members of the Maryland football coaching staff are now under investigation for failing to adequately handle the situation, leading to the likely preventable death of this young man.

Reports indicate that many people at the practice noticed McNair showed signs he was having difficulties finishing a sprint set, including “hyperventilating” and “convulsions” on the field. Based on these observations, coaches and staff should have obviously realized the young man needed medical attention and should have called for help.

Instead, evidence shows that they brought him inside the athletic facility to cool him down, but failed to ice him down properly. After an hour, the staff finally called 911 to report a player hyperventilating and having a possible seizure. When McNair reached the hospital—more than an hour later—his body temperature was still at 106 degrees. He passed away two weeks later at a Baltimore medical facility.

The Severe Dangers of Heatstroke

Many people fail to realize the potentially devastating effects of untreated heat illnesses. When someone begins to overheat and does not cool down, they can suffer heat stroke, which occurs when the body temperature reaches about 106 or higher. Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition that can become fatal when someone does not receive medical help.

Another heat-related risk for young athletes is dehydration. Severe dehydration can cause many complications, including:

When athletes must practice or play in the heat and do not receive the medical help they need, catastrophic injuries or wrongful death can result.

Liability of Coaches and Schools

Coaches have a duty to act in a manner that keeps players reasonably safe. This includes not pushing players beyond their limits, recognizing when players need medical help, providing them that help, and offering safe facilities and equipment.

Players face the greatest risk of heat illnesses when wearing heavy pads during hot, outdoor summer and fall football practices. Coaches cannot control the outdoor temperature. They should, however, recognize and make accomodations when heat is a risk.

They should also know when a player needs help. If coaches think a player had a possible seizure on the field or showed signs of heat-related distress, they should call 911 as soon as possible to prevent devastating complications. If coaches negligently fail to abide by their duty to protect their players, and a player suffers unnecessary injuries or wrongfully dies as a result, the school should face full liability for the injuries or wrongful death.

Contact Our California Wrongful Death Attorneys to Discuss a Possible Claim

Negligent coaches place young athletes, who depend on their coach’s judgment for their safety, at particular risk of injury. Taking action against schools or large institutions is no easy task, and you need a highly respected injury firm on your side.

At Greene, Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, we regularly handle tough cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death, and we regularly obtain multimillion dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients—more than any other California law firm. Call today at (310) 576-1200 or contact us online to discuss your disabling injury or tragic loss today.

Wrongful Death Claims in Truck Accidents

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Wrongful Death Attorney Los Angeles CaliforniaA horrific October 2016 trucking accident is a reminder that the trucking industry requires careful oversight. Catastrophic injuries are all too common when passenger vehicles and big rigs collide. Accident victims can suffer broken bones, burns, cuts, and spinal cord injuries. In severe accidents, drivers and their passengers might die. In these tragic situations, California law may entitle surviving family members to bring wrongful death lawsuits for compensation.

Not Enough Sleep

According to federal trucking regulations, truckers cannot drive more than 70 hours in a week or more than 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off. The federal government adopted these regulations as a response to increased trucking fatalities in the late 1990s.

Unfortunately, inadequate sleep allegedly caused a horrific October 2016 trucking accident. According to a news account, Bruce Guilford of Georgia stopped his big rig on Interstate 10 approximately 100 miles from Los Angeles. Although Guilford stopped because of utility work, he allegedly fell asleep and failed to move his rig once the road had cleared. As a result, a tour bus carrying gamblers back to Los Angeles plowed into the back of his rig while traveling at 76 miles per hour.

The force was so severe that the rig ended up 15 feet into the bus, killing the driver and 12 passengers. The crash injured an additional 30 passengers. Guilford was charged with 12 counts of felony reckless driving causing injury and 13 counts of vehicular manslaughter. He also faces 17 counts of misdemeanor reckless driving causing injury.

According to a KESQ news story, investigators determined that Guilford had falsified his driving records to hide that he had not had sufficient rest in the previous 24 hours before the crash. Guilford pleaded not guilty.

Compensation for Victims’ Families

In a typical personal injury lawsuit, injured victims can sue the person they believe is responsible. However, when victims die, California law may entitle surviving family members to bring wrongful death lawsuits, including:

  • A deceased person’s spouse or domestic partner
  • A deceased person’s surviving children or the issue of deceased children
  • If neither of the above are alive, then anyone who would inherit from the deceased under the state’s intestacy laws

Also, people can bring wrongful death lawsuits if they were financially dependent on the deceased, including:

  • A putative spouse (someone with a good faith claim to marriage to the deceased)
  • The children of a putative spouse
  • The deceased’s stepchildren
  • The deceased’s parents

If successful, plaintiffs can receive compensation for economic and non-economic injuries, including:

  • Burial expenses
  • Funeral bills
  • Medical care to treat the deceased
  • Lost earnings
  • Lost services provided by a spouse (such as cooking or cleaning)
  • Lost care and guidance
  • Lost affection
  • Lost sexual intimacy

Each lawsuit is unique, and surviving family members might not qualify for all of the above damages. Meet with a Los Angeles wrongful death attorney at Greene Broillet & Wheeler to review your case and identify whether you have a valid legal claim.

Contact a Wrongful Death Attorney in Los Angeles, California

With commercial semi-trucks weighing as much as 40 tons, tragic accidents, unfortunately, are unavoidable. Family members need time to grieve, but they also need to make time to protect their legal rights. Call Greene Broillet & Wheeler today at (310) 576-1200 for a free consultation, or fill out our contact form.

Legal guidance after the negligent death of a loved one

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The unexpected loss of a beloved family member is one of the most devastating events that can happen. When the loss occurs due to the negligence of one or more other parties, that sense of devastation often increases.

Most California residents do not automatically think of the financial implications losing a loved one may mean and are thus unprepared for the struggles that may follow such a loss. This is where a dedicated law firm can step in and guide the family to the best legal options at their disposal.

The attorneys at Greene, Broillet & Wheeler understand how a wrongful death can blindside an entire family. Our attorneys have the necessary skill to file a wrongful death lawsuit on a family’s behalf. Many people untouched by the death of a loved one due to negligence often wonder why such a lawsuit is necessary. It is important to understand that it is not about money. It is about addressing the mental anguish, grief and sense of loss.

A wrongful death lawsuit empowers surviving family members to hold those responsible for the death accountable. This is most effectively accomplished by hitting the responsible party or parties where it will make a lasting impression, hopefully saving others from a similar tragedy. Seeking monetary recompense is often the best way of achieving these goals.

If you have lost a loved one and are considering a wrongful death lawsuit, choose a law firm with in-depth knowledge of California law and procedure. Our law firm has this knowledge and will work hard towards a positive outcome. Please explore our personal injury website to learn more about our experience and our record of success.

Autistic teen dies after locked in scorching school bus

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“September 11, 2015 was a typical hot summer day with temperatures nearing 100 degrees.” That’s from a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of a nonverbal autistic teenager. The lawsuit alleges that the bus driver picked up the Whittier, California, teen and two other students that morning.

After the bus driver finished dropping off students, he parked the bus, locking it. School officials and the Whittier police have not confirmed that the teen was left alone for around seven hours that day, but the lawsuit says he was not dropped off at Sierra Vista Adult School. He was picked up at 8 a.m. and found unresponsive about 4.25 p.m. While it’s not known if the teen was marked absent from the school for that day, his parents didn’t receive any notice that their son was absent.

The superintendent of the school district said that they have not been served with the lawsuit yet and they didn’t answer any questions about whether the teen was absent. “Our district continues to mourn his loss. [The student] was a beloved member of our school community and our prayers continue to be with his family.”

A spokesman for the Pupil Transportation Cooperative was not able to comment on the lawsuit or the circumstances surrounding the student’s death. The PTC said earlier that there was a substitute driver that day.

The teen’s cause of death is pending. The lawsuit seeks damages of an unspecified nature for the death of the teen and compensation for his family for “their injuries and tragic loss.”

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person, a wrongful death attorney can provide information on your legal options.

Source: Whittier Daily News, “Autistic Whittier student left on locked school bus for 7 hours before body was found, lawsuit says,” Stephanie K. Baer, Dec. 08, 2015

Alleged street racing leads to innocent man’s death

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Speed limits and traffic laws are in place to help keep traffic moving in a safe manner. When these laws aren’t followed, anyone who is on the roadway with the person who is disobeying the law is in danger of being involved in an accident that can injure or kill. A recent incident of suspected street racing ended up killing a 36-year-old man.

The accident happened around 1:00 on a Friday afternoon along Crenshaw Boulevard. A man in a Chevrolet Cobalt was racing against a person in a Chevrolet Camaro.

During the race, the man in the Cobalt lost control of his vehicle and ended up swerving across all the lanes on the road. It slammed into the center median and became airborne. When it came down, it landed on top of a Honda.

The man who was driving the Honda had to be cut from his vehicle. Before rescue workers could free him, the man died.

A security video of the events was made available to the public to attempt to catch the driver of the Camaro because he fled the scene of the accident going northbound on Crenshaw Boulevard. The driver of the Cobalt suffered injuries, but was arrested after being treated. He was booked on suspicion of murder.

Losing a loved one in a tragic traffic accident is a horrible event. Survivors might opt to seek compensation to help defray the costs associated with the person’s final expenses. Even if the driver responsible is facing criminal charges, it is still possible to seek compensation from them in a civil case.

Source: Daily Breeze, “Driver booked for murder in fatal Hawthorne collision; San Pedro man killed identified,” City News Service, Jan. 16, 2016

A wrongful death action can bring closure

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The birth of a child should be a happy event, but sadly, some mothers and newborns die due to the misconduct of medical professionals during pregnancy and labor.

In those tragic instances, the legal professionals at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, may be able to assist Los Angeles residents with bringing a wrongful death action in order to recover damages. While it is small consolation in the face of such a tragedy, compensation that is awarded can help the survivors cope with the emotional, psychological and financial repercussions of the medical negligence that cost their loved one his or her life.

It can be exceedingly difficult for survivors to move on after a mother dies giving birth. Surviving children and spouses often need therapy to come to terms with their loss. We can help recover the funds that will pay for that therapy. In cases where the mother was also a breadwinner for the family, our attorneys can seek recovery for the lost future income.

Our wrongful death lawyers are compassionate and understand that no amount of money will ever be sufficient to take the place of a beloved mother to her husband, children and other family members. However, some grieving families find a modicum of comfort in seeking civil justice through the courts. Seeing that the person responsible for the loss of your loved one is held accountable in a court of law can sometimes help survivors find closure after a devastating loss.

Wrongful death cases must be filed in a timely manner in order to avoid the case proscribing due to the statute of limitations running out. Our attorneys will move quickly to preserve all of your future rights to seek compensation.

Family alleges gas leak leads to woman’s death

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Natural gas is a useful source of fuel for homes and businesses, but when there is a problem with the delivery system, people can suffer. The recent Southern California Gas Company gas leak in Porter Ranch is being blamed for the death of a 79-year-old woman. The woman’s children allege that the gas company’s negligent actions led to their mother’s premature death.

The woman’s home was located approximately 3 miles from the source of the leak. That leak was reported on Oct. 23 of last year. The woman’s family say that before her death on Jan. 25, the woman had to use an oxygen tank around the clock. While the woman was in poor health, due in part to lung cancer, her family members allege that the exposure to the gas from the leak worsened the woman’s frail condition.

Her son notes that he mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in March of 2015 but that she was still leading a normal life including going on vacations until November. In Nov., the woman started to have trouble breathing and walking. Everything went downhill from there.

The wrongful death lawsuit further notes that the gas company didn’t let the public know about the extent of damage that the leak could do to people’s health. One issue that there have been 15 instances during which the level of benzene, a known carcinogen, exceeded the levels that the state set for chronic exposure limits.

It is expected that the gas company will fight the lawsuit with claims that the woman’s health was already on a decline and that the effects of the gas exposure should take years to show up. For other people who are in a situation similar to this woman’s, seeking compensation via a wrongful death lawsuit may be possible. In many cases, expert testimony might be necessary.

Source: Los Angeles Daily News, “Wrongful death lawsuit filed against SoCalGas over Porter Ranch gas leak,” Susan Abram, Feb. 02, 2016

Driver hits, kills, jogger in Walnut

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A jogger from Walnut was killed when a 36-year-old West Covina driver plowed into him as he was running on La Puente Road earlier this week at approximately 6 a.m.

Law enforcement from the Walnut/Diamond Bar sheriff’s station learned of the pedestrian death when a nearby homeowner dialed 911 to say a car hit a wall close to his house near Barnard Avenue’s 20200 block.

The driver stuck the man with his Camry as he jogged in the bike lane just westward of Citadel Drive on La Puente Road.

After the initial impact, the driver carried the injured jogger for several yards before eventually crashing into the wall. The 59-year-old man died at the accident scene and was pronounced by firefighters.

Later that night, the drivers was charged with suspicion of murder. A lieutenant with the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau stated that there is no indication that the two men knew one another.

When police arrived, the driver was standing by his Camry and appeared uninjured. However, the deputies who detained him took him to a local hospital in order to be given a medical clearance to be arrested for the jogger’s death. His bail is set at $1 million.

Those who have lost loved ones in similar incidents should understand that while justice may be meted out in the criminal court system, that is not the only avenue to resolution for grieving family members. Wrongful death claims may be bolstered by criminal convictions, but do not depend on them, or even a person being arrested on criminal charges related to a loved one’s death.

Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune, “Jogger fatally hit in Walnut, driver arrested,” Ruby Gonzales, Feb. 15, 2016

Elements that might lead to a drowning wrongful death lawsuit

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A day of swimming is usually a chance to get some exercise and relax a little bit. When a day of fun turns tragic because of a drowning, there is often a need for those left behind to take some sort of action. There are some instances in which the family members of a drowning incident can seek compensation; however, the incident must meet some requirements.

One of the requirements that must be met if you plan to seek compensation for a drowning death is that there must have been some negligent or carelessly reckless action that led to the death. The negligent or recklessly careless action mustn’t have been taken by the person who drowned. It must be someone else, such as the pool owner or the person responsible for the watering hole, who was negligent or recklessly careless.

Some examples of behavior that might lead to a wrongful death lawsuit based on a drowning would be if a lifeguard didn’t take action to help the victim or if the area wasn’t properly maintained in a way that contributed to the death. In the case of a drowning wrongful death lawsuit, lack of action can be just as bad as negligent or carelessly reckless action. The example of a lifeguard not trying to save a person is an example of lack of action.

When you lose a loved one in a drowning accident, you should look into the root cause of the accident. From there, you can decide if you are going to seek compensation through a Los Angeles wrongful death lawsuit for your loved one’s death.

Source: FindLaw, “Drowning,” accessed Feb. 24, 2016

2 dead in pedestrian accident with allegedly impaired driver

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Two promising lives were cut short when an allegedly impaired driver mowed down two freshman football players at Auburn’s Placer High School. The teens, both 15, were from Auburn and Foresthill.

The tragedy unfolded as the boys and another friend walked along the northbound lane of Highway 49 near Locksley Lane around 5:15 p.m. on April 3. The surviving teen, who was uninjured, told a local news station that they had just finished skateboarding at a local park and were walking to a coffee shop.

That’s when the driver of a white Ford pickup headed south veered into the group on the shoulder of the highway. One young man died at the crash site; the second passed away at the hospital.

According to the spokesman for the California Highway Patrol, the driver of the pickup truck had just been in another accident right before the double fatality occurred. Allegedly, he sideswiped another car on Dry Creek Road.

CHP officers arrested the pickup’s driver, a 62-year-old resident of Auburn. He was charged with vehicular manslaughter and felony suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs. Placer County courthouse records indicate the man had a prior DUI charge lodged against him. However, there was no information as to the adjudication of the charge.

While conviction on criminal charges can keep dangerous drivers off the roads if they are incarcerated, it is only one avenue toward justice for injured victims and the survivors of the deceased. Filing a civil suit against the negligent party and his or her insurance company can result in a settlement or judgment.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, “Placer High students mourn teens killed in suspected DUI crash,” Bill Lindelof and Tony Bizjak, April 04, 2016

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