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Texas college student's parents file wrongful death lawsuit

The parents of a deceased Texas college student have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the University of Texas at Arlington. The student passed away after he injured himself while playing sports. The wrongful death lawsuit is seeking $16 million in total.

The student sought on campus treatment after he injured his knee. The lawsuit claims he entered the facility on July 2nd and was only told to return home and rest. The day he sought treatment, his knee was swollen and his vital signs indicated signs of abnormality. Even though he was in pain, the student returned home, but sought treatment again about seven days later.

His vital signs were still abnormal, but he was again turned away and sent home. That same night he sought emergency room treatment, but he passed away the next day. The reason for his death has been listed as a pulmonary embolism, or blood clot. The type of sport he was playing and the specific knee injury he sustained was not disclosed.

When a person or entity is responsible for the death of another through negligence, parents or other family members retain the legal right to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Texas. Such a lawsuit can hold people responsible for the actions that led up to the death, based upon proof of negligence deemed to have proximately caused or contributed to the death. The parents in this lawsuit are seeking $8 million dollars each for the death of their son. Whether they will be successful is as of yet unknown, but their suit alleges the college was negligent when treating their son for his injury, which later led to his death.

Source: upi.com, "Parents of University of Texas student file wrongful death suit," Dec. 4, 2012

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