Fraternity hazing seems like a rite of passage for so many college students, and has inspired numerous films, such as Animal House. However, as a slew of recent incidents indicate, fraternity hazing often times goes too far and puts the safety and lives of the participants in danger. The most serious of such concerns is alcohol poisoning, which may occur if one is forced to drink an obscene amount of alcohol to gain the respect of the rest of the fraternity. If the fraternity is negligent in watching how much a pledge drinks, then a serious risk of injury or even death exists. In such a situation, it would be wise to contact an expert Boston injury lawyer or wrongful death attorney at 617-787-3700.
A party at Florida State University’s Pi Kappa Phi fraternity quickly got out of hand on November 3, 2017, as 20 year-old junior Andrew Coffey succumbed to alcohol poisoning. Reports allege that the fraternity was participating in a number of dangerous drinking games that forced Coffey to consume alcohol at a dangerous rate. Even though two of the fraternity members were there to make sure no one drank too much, Coffey still died. Coffey’s parents have accused the fraternity of negligently causing his death, according to the lawsuit. They are represented by Miami attorney David Bianchi. Florida State has previously responded to fraternities misbehaving by suspending them for 3-months, but it is clear that more needs to be done to ensure that no more incidents such as this one occur.
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