New Wrongful Death Suit Granted for Football Player ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

New Wrongful Death Suit Granted for Football Player

A new trial has been granted by the Indiana Court of Appeals over the wrongful death of a high school football player five years ago (01). The panel of judges did not, however, find Clinton Central school official negligent in the death of 17-year-old Travis Stowers, who collapsed during practice on a day when temperatures reached the 90s (JUL01). Stowers was hospitalized and died the next day. It was determined by doctors that his body temperature had reached 108 degrees. Stowers' parents sued Clinton Central schools and the Indiana High School Athletic Association, accusing them of disregarding hot-weather practice rules. But a jury determined that the school was not negligent or liable for Stowers' death (05). The case was sent back to Marion County for a new trial because a Marion Superior Court judge did not include a jury instruction for Alan and Sherry Bowers that would have described the scope of school release forms.

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