Parents Awarded $10 Million ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Friday, July 8, 2011

Parents Awarded $10 Million

Parents of University of Central Florida football player, Ereck Plancher, were awarded $10 million in their son’s death. Plancher collapsed and died following offseason conditioning drills at the UCF football complex on March 18, 2008. Orange County medical examiner testified Plancher died from complications of sickle cell trait. The examiner told the jury extreme stress caused Plancher’s red blood cells to sickle, or wrap, and quickly damaged his major organs. Dr. Randy Eichner, an expert witness hired by the Plancher family who has spent 25 years studying sickle cell trait, told the jury Plancher could have been saved if UCFAA staff members treated him properly when he first showed signs of distress during his final workout.

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