Elizabeth City Personal Injury Lawyers Obtain 1 Million Dollar Settlement for Student-Athlete's Brain Injury Wrongful Death Case

Rick Shapiro and Kevin Duffan of the Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Duffan law firm, along with co-counsel, obtained a one million dollar settlement for the family of a high school student-athlete who was hit and killed by a motorized cart on a school football field.

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Elizabeth City, North Carolina (PRWEB) July 07, 2014

Elizabeth City personal injury lawyers with Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Duffan, along with co-counsel, were able to reach a satisfactory settlement for the family of a high school student-athlete who was hit and killed by a motorized cart while volunteering at a recreational football camp. The settlement was for $1 million, but the specific terms of the settlement are confidential. Below is a brief overview of the wrongful death case.

A recreational football camp was taking place at a high school in North Carolina in July 2011. The camp was sponsored by the school, but open to the community, according to documents filed in civil court. High school student-athletes, including the victim, were helping out with the camp, which was supervised by the varsity football coach. A couple of the student-athletes were asked by the head football coach to use a motorized cart to bring two large water coolers from the field to the nearby gym, according to depositions taken of the high school football coach.

The motorized cart was driven directly towards a group of students, which included the victim, across the field at about 20 miles an hour, according to depositions taken of the motorized cart operator. Several of the students jumped in one direction, but one 15 year-old (the victim) jumped to his left. At the same moment, the operator of the cart turned hard to his right and the two collided, according to documents filed in civil court.

The 15 year-old student-athlete was run over by the motorized cart and suffered a serious brain injury. He later died to the severity of his injuries, according to documents filed in civil court.

Rick Shapiro and Kevin Duffan, two Elizabeth City personal injury attorneys, sued the school administration, the coach, and the vehicle operator for negligence. They, along with co-counsel, alleged a lack of proper supervision because no coaches remained on the field to supervise the student-athletes. They also alleged that the school should have had a standard policy prohibiting students, or minors, from operating school owned motorized equipment, a policy many high schools have in place.

After numerous depositions, motions, and hearings, the parties were able to agree to a one million dollar settlement.


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