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University of Central Florida Football Player Ereck Plancher’s Family Plans to File Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against School

The family of Ereck Plancher, the 19-year-old University of Central Florida football player who died after a practice session, says they intend to sue the school for wrongful death. Plancher collapsed during a conditioning workout last March. The family’s Florida wrongful death law firm submitted a notification of intent that a lawsuit would be filed. The complaint accuses UCF of negligence and alleges that school coaches and/or trainers ignored the symptoms that the college freshman was experiencing, which included dizziness, exhaustion, and shortness of breath. While UCF is not commenting on the pending lawsuit, a spokesperson for the school maintained that the health of its athletes is a major priority. Last month, the Medical Examiner’s Office in Central Florida determined that Plancher’s cause of death was sickle sell trait, which could get triggered by physical stress. UCF Athletic Director Keith Tribble has acknowledged in a statement published on the University Web site that the school has known since January 2007 that Plancher had sickle cell trait. He also has stated that the school staff always carefully monitored his physical condition during workouts and practice sessions. Elements that usually must be present in order to file a wrongful death lawsuit: • The defendant must have caused or been partially responsible for causing the victim’s death. • The defendant either acted negligently, recklessly, on purpose, or was strictly liable and caused the death as result of his or her actions. • Surviving family members have suffered certain losses because their loved one died in the accident. In Florida, the state gives family members two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death lawsuit against defendants. Remember that there are certain steps involved leading up to the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit, which is why it is important that you speak with an experienced Florida wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. Related Web Resources: University of Central Florida Sickle Cell Trait

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