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Oklahoma City to Pay Family in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Published September 2, 2010 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

The family of a Putnam City West High School cross-country runner, who drowned while on a training run when he fell into deep water on a flooded portion of a trail just south of the Lake Overholser Dam, has settled with Oklahoma City for $50,000. The family claimed his death could have been prevented if the city had maintained the area better.

The 17-year-old was in a group of runners when they encountered the flooded trail in August 2007. The water was 8 inches deep where most of the group successfully crossed over. The drowning victim sank into deeper water, where his teammates tried unsuccessfully to pull him out. His body was recovered the next day in 20 feet of water.

Since the settlement, school officials have added safety measures that include checking the condition of trails before allowing students to run on them.

Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, has vast experience dealing with wrongful death cases. If you feel that you or a loved one has suffered due to wrongful death, call our firm at 800-825-5529 or visit our web site. There is no case-review cost.

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