|“Nothing is settled until it is settled right.”|
United States Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis
Brandeis: A Free Man's Life
You send your newly graduated high school student to the big university with optimistic hopes of blending in and making tons of friends while making straight A's and preparing for a long, successful career.
Then you receive a call in the middle of the night that your child is in the hospital because of a hazing incident at the fraternity house.
Hazing is an activity that is intended to bring about bonding in fraternities and sororities. Sadly, hazing may include tactics such as the forced, over consumption of alcohol coupled with extreme physical exertion, bodily restraint, or physical paddling at odd hours of the night. Children have been found in cars, ditches and other places with alcohol poisoning and some have died as a result.
Such tragedies have been addressed with gravity in the news, and by college and university officials and local law enforcement agencies. Fraternity and sorority chapters nationwide have established rules and regulations centered on eradicating such behaviors and have closed fraternity and sorority chapters that participate in such hazing. If your child has been the victim of hazing and has suffered an accident, your next step is to contact an experienced attorney to defend your child's rights and ensure that the damages are mitigated and the guilty parties punished.
The cause of action is usually one based in negligence, and the statute of limitations for suing someone in Texas for hazing incidents is two years after the date of accident or injury.
A person is guilty of negligence if they participate in certain behavior or should not have done something or refrain from doing something that they should have done based on an existing duty to a person. Since hazing is against the law, fraternities and sororities are on notice of their duty to comply with the law and protect their chapter members. If fraternities or sororities participate in hazing and such behavior results in injury to a member, the group is behaving negligently. A lawsuit is the best way to find compensation for such a breach of duty and negligence.
Financial recovery can include past, present and future medical bills. Other potential areas of compensation, depending on the facts of the situation, are mental pain and suffering damages, lost past and future wages, permanent impairment/disfigurement, punitive damages, wrongful death damages and loss of enjoyment of life.
Finding the right lawyer to protect your rights and address the wrong that has occurred in your or your loved one's life is an important.
Chad Pinkerton is a powerhouse in and out of the courtroom. His track record of fighting aggressively and successfully for his clients' legal rights reflects millions of dollars* in recovered damages. Chad's background in medicine and experience in the courtroom forge a strong presence whether he is on the phone with the insurance agents, wrangling with opposing counsel, or cross-examining experts at trial. Pinkerton's focus is to make the jury care about his client's loss and feel empowered to do something about it.
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