A Cook County wrongful death lawsuit filed almost three years ago has recently been given a change of venue. The case stems from the death of a sophomore at Grinnell College in 2010. Last Wednesday, the wrongful death case was re-filed in Morgan County Court naming the Midwest Athletic Conference, Illinois College and Grinnell College along with its board of trustees, as the defendants. Also named in the suit are two athletic equipment companies operating out of Champaign.
The sophomore died during a track meet competition for the Midwest Conference Championships in 2010 when he tried to clear 11 feet during the pole vault event. The lawsuit's documentation indicates that the landing pit mat collapsed during his attempt causing him to violently strike an unprotected area located next to the landing mat. The college student died from his injuries following the accident at a hospital in Springfield, Illinois.
Also according to the lawsuit, Grinnell College did not prevent the sophomore from competing even though the youth had been experiencing landing problems with the pole vault event. Reports claim the young man's vaulting technique routinely caused him to land on the right side of the mat. Specific language used in the lawsuit states the college failed to provide the student with the proper training to master the fundamentals associated with pole vaulting.
It's difficult to say what, if any, impact this change of venue might have on the wrongful death case. When it comes to the loss of a loved one due to negligence or even carelessness, the most important thing is finding a way to move forward with life. Sometimes seeking compensation through litigation is one such way to put the matter to bed and find closure. Although no one likes to think about it, a wrongful death attorney can sometimes lend extra strength to the support system of a family suffering loss.
Source: WLDS, "2010 wrongful death case transferred to Morgan County" Jim McCabe, Mar. 28, 2014