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When a child dies from catastrophic injuries

The first day of football season was a sad one at one of the state's high schools. Instead of the sounds of cheering crowds and teams battling it out on the field, there were muffled sobs and silent tears. The families of the Farmington, New York, school were mourning the loss of one of its players after he suffered catastrophic injuries during practice.

The 16-year-old had his whole future ahead of him. Now he is dead, and his coaches are being investigated for that death. He was not harmed on the field while playing the game that he loved. He was not hit by another young boy as they fought for the football. He was smashed in the head by a 400-pound log that some people say had no business on a high school football field.

The boys were being trained for the game with tactics that had been implemented by training for the Navy Seals. They were undergoing a conditioning exercise that involved carrying the large log over their heads, known as the log drill. But many point out that the Seals train using logs that weigh about half that amount, and these were not Navy Seals, but teenage boys.

For those in New York who have lost a loved one because of catastrophic injuries like this one, feelings of devastation and hurt can consumer their lives. Families are often left with medical bills, lost wages from missing work and, in some cases, the inability to go back to work because of the tragedy. In such cases, a personal injury attorney can help to fight for compensation for the damages caused by the loss.

Source: New York Times, "Sorrow and Scrutiny After a Teenager???s Death at Football Practice", Jose A. DelReal, Aug. 18, 2017

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