FAMU Hazing Lawsuit Heads to Mediation

by Carmen Dellutri on September 12, 2012

Cape Coral personal injury lawyerFlorida A&M University and the family of Robert Champion, who was killed in a 2011 hazing incident, will reportedly attempt to settle the family’s Florida wrongful death lawsuit through mediation. The lawsuit claims university officials failed to take action to stop hazing by the school’s band, the Marching 100.

As we previously discussed on this Florida personal injury blog, the 26-year-old died aboard a chartered bus parked outside an Orlando hotel following a band performance. Champion was severely beaten by band members during the hazing on the bus and had bruises on his chest, arms, shoulder and back, authorities said. Witnesses told emergency dispatchers Champion was vomiting before he was found unresponsive aboard the bus.

Mediation is not uncommon in personal injury and wrongful death cases. In fact, many judges will require the parties to sit down and try to work out a settlement. Involving a neutral third party in settlement discussions is also often successful. Statistics show that mediation results in a settlement more than 80% of the time, depending upon subject matter of the lawsuit.

In this case, any proposed settlement would need to be approved by the FAMU board of trustees. In addition, any settlement amount over $300,000 would also require the Florida legislature’s approval, as required under Florida law.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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