The death of a loved one is such a devastating experience for a family to deal with. It is hard anytime but when one believes that the death is a wrongful death, meaning it basically could have been prevented had one not been negligent, then it can be unbearable.
The questions of “what ifs” and “why” can weigh on a family when trying to make sense out of what happened.
Earlier this month, the family of California former football player Ted Agu filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Regents of the University of California. They believe that their son died due to “reckless and negligent behavior” by California’s training staff and university officials. They also believe that the university was negligent by hiring Robert Jackson who previously worked for Central Florida. There, Jackson was the sole certified trainer present when football player Ereck Plancher passed away following conditioning skills in 2008.
Agu, whom dealt with the sickle cell anemia disease, died following an offseason training run on February 7th of this year in Berkeley. The lawsuit says like Plancher, had had sickle cell and should not have been put through a “lethal conditioning training.”
According to a Fox News Report, “The same thing happened here” says attorney Steve Yerrid who also represented the Plancher family. “What you see is a bona fide tragedy” he states.
The case is expected to go to trial in the next 6 to 12 months. Our hearts go out to this family and any other family that has had to deal with this type of tragedy.
If one of your loved ones has passed away and you believe it could have been prevented had it not been for negligence of some sort, please contact Denver’s wrongful death attorney R. Mack Babcock for a free consultation.