Hazing has been a common and accepted practice, especially in fraternities and sororities, high school and college athletic associations, the military and professional sports teams for a long time. Wrongful death and serious injury can be the ultimate result of hazing. In these types of cases, our clients have been well compensated for the harm they have suffered.
“The recent hazing scandal at Maine West High School in Des Plaines is much more than protecting the children who suffered horrific personal injury. This case touches all parents and adults who care about children in ensuring their safety — not only at school but also in everyday life. Our children are exposed to constant hazards and dangers, whether through product safety, sexual abuse, automobile dangers, and it is the mission of Romanucci & Blandin to eliminate and minimize those risks.”
Antonio Romanucci, Partner
Examples of Hazing Injuries
- A 21-year-old University of Pennsylvania student sued Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and two students for repetitively punching his thighs that resulted in permanent injury and prevented him from pursuing his long-distance running activities.
- A Southern University student sued the school after he and two-by-four inch boards repeatedly struck two other band players during a supposed initiation into a marching band. The lawsuit claimed that the student was treated for organ failure and other injuries.
- A 47-year-old man was shot to death at an initiation ceremony at a Long Island Masonic Lodge. The gunman used a gun loaded with bullets instead of blanks as he had intended to do.
Types of Hazing and Consequences
- Paddling, striking, beating and whipping have resulted in blood in the urine and kidney failure; massive bleeding around the brain, fractured ribs and kidney damage leading to death; fractured skull and irreversible brain damage that leads to death; or being kicked and beaten to death.
- Winging or blood pinning which usually occurs during military hazing, involves cutting with the sharp points of ceremonial wings and produces bleeding wounds and severe pain.
- Cigarette and other forms of burning, tattooing and branding that sometimes causes third degree burns.
- Extreme calisthenics over broken glass or in a steam room that leads to death.
- Confinement in a small area such as a grave, a car trunk, or athletic equipment bags that results in suffocation, heat-related injuries, or prolonged lack of oxygen and brain damage.
- Duress to swim after dangerous alcohol intoxication that leads to drowning.
- Bullying to climb roofs, bridges, and ledges that lead to falls, often after drinking, too much alcohol and causing severe damage to the spine, brain, abdomen, and bones.
- Rape or sodomy and other sexual abuse.
- Compulsory alcohol abuse, that leads to serious falls from high places and paralysis, fights, sexual abuse and automobile accidents.
If hazing harms you, it is important to bring legal action against the responsible parties. To discuss your circumstances in a free and private consultation, contact Romanucci & Blandin.
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