When a young student athlete collapses and dies from an unknown medical
condition, it is a shock to their family, friends, the athletic staff
and fellow teammates, and the community at large. And sadly, it is becoming
About 1 in 90 student athletes in the U.S. will suffer from Sudden Cardiac
Arrest during a period of invigorating exercise, such as football practice.
This week, another young, promising athlete collapsed and died possibly
due to an unknown and potentially undiagnosed heart condition on the Stetson
University football field in Deland, Florida. He was 19-year old football
player Nick Blakely.
The Importance of Heart Screenings and Whether Stetson University Conducts Them
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is, by definition, difficult to predict, but there
are measures universities and athletic programs can and should be taken
to protect their students, such as health screenings that include baseline
It may be the responsibility of the university to ensure that these baseline
heart exams and screenings were performed to help identify any potential
heart risks or conditions among it's varsity student body. Whether
those screenings were performed on Mr. Blakely prior to him joining the
Stetson University's football team is unknown, and that should be
investigated by a personal injury law firm.
Why Hire a Personal Injury Law Firm?
Where there is potential negligence that results in the death of a loved
one, there may be Wrongful Death claim made under the law of the state
of Florida. Universities are not exempt from their obligation to adhere
to measures that reduce the risk of injury or death to their students,
and those on their university grounds.
But personal injury claims as they relate to the sudden cardiac death are
particularly difficult cases to prove, so it is important that if you
are going to hire a lawyer, that you hire a lawyer with years' of
sufficient experience and knowledge in this area of law, known as
Heart Attacks in Public Places.
If there was a negligent action that lead to the untimely death of Nick
Blakely, such as lax health screenings, or a lack of a standardized heart
examination process for all student athletes, there may be a personal
injury claim, if in fact Mr. Blakely's death is determined to be due
to sudden cardiac arrest.
If you or someone you know lost a loved one due to sudden cardiac arrest
at a public place such as a university or school, please contact our law
firm for a free legal consultation.