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YEA / Cadets Injury Lawsuit

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37 minutes ago, N.E. Brigand said:

 He says that once they left him at the hospital, he never heard from Cadets again: they abandoned him in Lima to find his own way home (in Colorado).

Great optics.

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24 minutes ago, IllianaLancerContra said:

I wonder the same thing.   

I wonder what state and local laws are concerning training of who puts said props together and how/if inspected.

picturing a corps getting cited after a show...

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22 minutes ago, boxingfred said:

During my many years working with the Cadets and other drum corps, I have torn my labrum, torn my ACL, Broke my big and middle toes, broke fingers and had multiple 2nd and 3rd degree burns. I even had a big azz chair fall on my head. I never thought about suing a drum corps and I'm sure they would pay my hospital fees if asked.   

Forgive me, Fred, but I’m laughing thinking of that big azz chair.  I’m glad you’re okay. 

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1 minute ago, Terri Schehr said:

Forgive me, Fred, but I’m laughing thinking of that big azz chair.  I’m glad you’re okay. 

Yeah, I got knocked silly , I had to sleep that one off. If it doesn't kill me, I'm pretty much good to go. 

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1 hour ago, greg_orangecounty said:

On a related note, I have noticed modern drum corps now involves running around and climbing/hanging on props such as scaffolds, ladders, see-saws, impromptu mini-stages, and various other OSHA nightmares. 

I assume members now sign wavers and corps have liability insurance?  

I do believe all props are inspected to be sure they meet OSHA requirements

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1 hour ago, N.E. Brigand said:

Per the complaint: the Cadets' transportation director was injured after he fell from a ladder while climbing down from the top of a vehicle which he had been instructed to paint. This was at Ohio Northern; the date was June 14. Another Cadets' staff member drove him to the hospital in Lima. He had surgery the next day to set his broken bones and put steel rods and plates in his legs. He still undergoes physical therapy. He says that once they left him at the hospital, he never heard from Cadets again: they abandoned him in Lima to find his own way home (in Colorado).

He's suing on six counts of $75,000 each plus attorneys' fees, court costs, etc. (Lawyers: is that right? Each of the counts is separate, so the total is $450,000?)

How much will YEA settle for?

No, the $75,000 is the threshold of damages in order for you to file a complaint in federal court.  So, he's saying his damages are over $75,000.  The number of counts of the complaint don't have anything to do with that monetary figure.  

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1 hour ago, boxingfred said:

During my many years working with the Cadets and other drum corps, I have torn my labrum, torn my ACL, Broke my big and middle toes, broke fingers and had multiple 2nd and 3rd degree burns. I even had a big azz chair fall on my head. I never thought about suing a drum corps and I'm sure they would pay my hospital fees if asked.   

But did you get paid what was in your contract? Seems to be a big sticking point here.

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just based on the complaint, it doesn't look good. I'm guessing court other info may come out

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1 hour ago, greg_orangecounty said:

On a related note, I have noticed modern drum corps now involves running around and climbing/hanging on props such as scaffolds, ladders, see-saws, impromptu mini-stages, and various other OSHA nightmares. 

I assume members now sign wavers and corps have liability insurance?  

Very true. I sometimes wonder about some of the things we have volunteers, staff, and members do in this activity. Not just Cadets, but any corps. Why are we using volunteers to climb up on trucks to paint them? That's a dangerous activity. This guy was really hurt bad.  There are professionals who do these things, and the money you pay them sure beats being sued for $400k+ or more.  People have been saying for years that some of these props could be the end of the activity. Again, I think props used wisely are great, but I've seen some that I question. 

Also, I'm waiting to hear more, as facts come out, about whether the corps left this guy at the hospital with no way home, or did they feel his family was handling things at that point?

None of this looks good but hopefully this is another lesson to the entire activity about the dangers inherent in this activity. Sure hope the Cadets have insurance for all this. 

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I hope they’ve changed how they maintain the vehicles that volunteers drive.  It wasn’t good in 2014. 

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