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Posted on March 16th, 2009,
by Zane Cagle

Missouri University Settles Lawsuit Over Football Player’s Death

Posted on March 16th, 2009 by Zane Cagle

A large university in Missouri reached a settlement last week in the wrongful death suit filed by the family of a football player who died in 2005 after a preseason workout.

The victim was 19-years old when he collapsed during a voluntary conditioning session on July 12, 2005. Because he carried the sickle cell trait- a hereditary condition often linked to heatstroke and exercise-induced collapse in athletes- he died two hours later.

Two months after his death, the victim’s father sued several university employees claiming that they failed to take the proper medical precautions his son needed as a carrier of sickle cell. Witnesses stated that the victim struggled with the conditioning drills about 45 minutes into the hour-long workout, but did not stop to rest. He slumped over as soon as the last drill ended.

In 2007, college teams began screening for sickle cell after at least 10 athletes died in the past 8 years, most under similar circumstances as the victim’s. Trainers often mistook the symptoms of injury from the blood disorder as heat exhaustion, muscle cramps, or heart issues. They now know the dangers of the condition and understand the limits of those players.

Because of this, the victim’s family said strength and conditioning coaches should have been more careful with their son’s health during strenuous workouts.

Losing a family member or loved one is certainly a traumatic experience, especially when it is the result of someone else’s negligence or error. If you believe you have a wrongful death claim, do not hesitate to contact an experienced Wrongful Death attorney. At Page Cagle, we handle cases in Missouri and Illinois and are available 24/7 to address any of your questions or concerns. Contact Zane T. Cagle at 1(314) 276-1681 for a free consultation.