A $29 million lawsuit has been filed against the University of Virginia,
as well as the school's lacrosse team coaches and the state as a whole.
The case was brought against these entities by the mother of a university
student, Y. Love, who was killed by her ex-boyfriend and lacrosse teammate,
G. Huguely. Specifically, the case focuses on the underlying issue of
Huguely's unpredictable behavior, which has been described as abusive
towards women and alcohol. The true claim reportedly lies in the fact
that both coaches and administrators admittedly knew of the male student's
erratic behavior, yet did nothing to stop or prevent it.
As further stated in the details of the case, the mother's lawsuit
alleges that the school's athletics department was insufficient in
its discipline of Huguely, who was never suspended from class or removed
from the team for his unacceptable behavior. Instead of referring the
troubled young man to a treatment facility or counseling center for his
substance abuse and aggressive behavioral management problems, he was
left alone – unreported and undisciplined. Now, the countdown is
on to see whether or not Love's mother will be successful in the claims
she has brought against several of these different entities. In order
to win her case, Love's mother will need to prove that the school's
athletics department had a legal responsibility to ensure that its athletes
were safe, and clearly her daughter was not.
In addition, Ms. Love will also need to prove that Huguely would have been
unable – perhaps even unwilling – to murder her daughter if
the proper actions had been taken to alleviate his personal issues prior
to the tragic incident. Ms. Love's
wrongful death suit against Huguely himself will likely be met with much success, but
the claims she has brought against the state and the school will be somewhat
more difficult to prove and, hence, win. However, that is not to say that
the task is impossible. With the right legal professional by her side,
Ms. Love may be met with success in every legal avenue that she has pursued.
A Raleigh personal injury lawyer at the Whitley Law Firm is on hand to
assist in matters just like the one described above. With years of experience
and a wealth of knowledge, our firm is filled with a team of professionals
who are willing to go the distance to see your case through to the end.
No one should wrongfully lose their life, and no family member should
have to suffer such a loss. We are here to make sure that you are compensated
after a traumatic event of this nature, and we will do everything in our
power to make sure that you are provided with the finances you need to
recover – emotionally, physically and financially – as much
Contact a Raleigh wrongful death attorney at our firm to learn more.