Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 10, 2014 — A hazing ritual caused the death of a Pennsylvania college student.
“Most frat house rituals these days require the approval of the college or institution where they are based. Such was the case in this instance, but the ritual has held off campus and not approved. One student lost his life due to closed head injuries,” explains Daren Monroe, Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan.
The young man who died was a 19-year-old college student by the name of Michael Deng. He was a freshman and pledge at Pi Delta Psi at Baruch College. One weekend, Deng and 30 fraternity brothers rented a house off campus for their pledge games. The one that caused Deng’s death was called “the glass ceiling.”
The idea behind the game was that pledges were blindfolded and made to wear a backpack with 20 pounds of sand in it. They then ran a human line-up of other frat brothers, trying to keep Deng, and other pledges, from moving ahead. Many of the manoeuvres involved pushing the pledge forcefully to the ground, or whatever someone could do to keep them from getting home free. In Deng’s case, he was left unresponsive and unconscious after a fall that scratched and bruised his knees. He had swelling on the back of his head.
Rather than call 911, his fellow fraternity brothers took him into the house and did a search on the Internet for his symptoms and then changed his clothing. Finally, after two and a half hours had passed, he was taken to a hospital. His mother arrived only to find her son on life support and declared brain dead. He died a few hours later.
During the police investigation, the fraternity house would not cooperate with the police and it was further discovered that the College was not aware of the retreat weekend or that the fraternity was rushing pledges. The head office of Pi Delta Psi indicated the event was prohibited by their organization and not sanctioned.
“It would not be unusual if the young man’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit,” says Monroe, “The family would likely wish to make a statement by filing such a suit that such activities are not acceptable and that they should be banned completely.”
In filing a statement of claim, the family would find itself having to pay a lot of extra bills as a result of their son’s sudden death. Funeral and burial expenses would just be the tip of the iceberg. Handling expenses would be a great concern, one that may be addressed by applying for litigation funding. All the family would need to do is to fill out an online application for pre-settlement funding, or speak directly to a lawsuit loan representative.
There are a number of appealing benefits for plaintiffs who choose to go this route. Victims are not expected to pay any money up front or during the course of the process to find justice. They are not required to have a job and do not need a credit check. “The whole process is very simple, from start to finish,” indicates Monroe, “and plaintiffs are treated with the greatest of respect, because it is understood that they have been through a horrendous event in their lives and they need support and help.”
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