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2012 death of Boy Scout recruit leads to wrongful death claim

A Texas mother who lost her 10-year-old son at a Boy Scout camp in 2012 is struggling to find closure. The family will finally have the opportunity to present their evidence in a wrongful death claim against the Boy Scouts of America, the Sugar Land Baptist Troop 1845 and the Sam Houston Council. A previous claim against the golf cart driver who struck the boy was settled and does not form part of the current claim.

According to the complaint, the family attended a recruitment camp that served to introduce parents and children to the Boy Scouts. It is alleged that camp officials failed to attend to the children while they were recruiting parents nearby. The parents claim that the children were without adult supervision when their son was knocked down by a moving golf cart. Although it was moving at a slow pace, the impact caused the boy to fall and suffer severe head trauma. An emergency helicopter rushed him to a hospital where he died later.

The Boy Scouts of America denies liability for the child's death, asserting that it is not responsible for the actions of the golf cart driver, who was a volunteer at the Stephen F. Austin State Park where the accident occurred. The plaintiffs claim gross negligence on the part of the defendants, asserting that the organization violated its own safety protocol, especially in its failure to ensure proper supervision of the children. The parents of the child seek in excess of $50 million in compensation for damages sustained.

Losing a beloved and only child is naturally a devastating tragedy that would affect the family forever. While no financial compensation can undo what has already taken place, a monetary judgment in a successful wrongful death claim may ease financial challenges that resulted from the accident. Texas families who have experienced similar tragedies are entitled to assess their right to pursue a wrongful death claim in a civil court.

Source: khou.com, "Trial begins for parents suing Boy Scouts for $50M", Jeremy Desel, Feb. 19, 2015

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