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California wrongful death: Boy dies after softball strikes chest

A recent bizarre accident during a high school gym class led to the death of a boy on his 16th birthday. The incident took place while the teen was playing a game called 'Over the Line' at a California high school. Another boy hit a line drive softball that struck the teen directly in the chest. He reportedly told others that he was suffering chest pains shortly thereafter and was rushed from the school to receive medical treatment. Tragically, however, the boy suffered a potentially wrongful death, and officials pronounced him dead at the hospital.

Reports indicate that, after he suffered the hit directly to his chest, emergency personnel transported him by helicopter to the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, California in the hopes that he could be saved. Tragically, that did not prove to be the case. His unexpected death has left friends and schoolmates stunned.

Many expressed the fact that the teen was extremely well-liked and a valued member of their school campus. Some reports indicate that the teen had previously lost his father to a heart attack when he was young. There is not yet any word on whether the boy may have had any similar heart problems or what exactly may have caused his death.

When tragic accidents happen after an event meant to be fun-like playing a game of softball-families are typically left reeling. In the search for answers, some may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit in a California court, particularly when evidence suggests the accident resulted from the negligent actions of others. This can sometimes help answer the questions family members have, not to mention help provide restitution for monetary damages sustained. Prevailing in such a suit will require the demonstration that another person or entity acted in a manner that was negligent or reckless. Families in similar circumstances may do well to assess their legal rights based upon a careful examination of all the facts and circumstances that caused or contributed to the tragic fatality.

Source: New York Daily News, "High school student dies on birthday after being struck in chest with softball during gym class," David Boroff, April 11, 2013

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