Seven Figure Settlement Secured on Behalf of Catastrophically Injured Fraternity Member

On December 14, 2021, Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky PC attorneys Robert J. Mongeluzzi, Larry Bendesky, Adam J. Pantano and Scott A. Fellmeth, as well as co-counsel Steven D. Gitman of Steven D. Gitman LLC, secured a $3,231,000.00 settlement and a separate confidential seven-figure settlement against a national fraternity, on behalf of a fraternity member who was catastrophically and permanently injured.

The fraternity member was involved in an altercation, was punched in the face, fell backwards, and struck his head on the concrete sidewalk. His two (2) fraternity brothers that he was with brought him back to their chapter house. There, his two (2) brothers left him with the chapter’s Risk Manager, a member of the Fraternity’s executive committee.  Despite knowing that the fraternity member had been punched in the face and hit his head on a concrete sidewalk, the risk manager failed to seek medical help. Instead, the plaintiff’s family found him the next morning, unresponsive, covered in blood and vomit at the fraternity house. He was rushed to the hospital where he was diagnosed with catastrophic brain injuries requiring removal of a portion of his skull to control for brain swelling.

SMB and Steve Gitman filed a lawsuit on behalf of the permanently disabled fraternity member and his family against the national fraternity, the local chapter, the assailant, the liquor licensee and individual fraternity members. Plaintiffs alleged that the national fraternity and the local chapter’s risk manager failed to ensure that the injured fraternity member was properly cared for, leading to his catastrophic brain injury. Plaintiffs alleged that the national fraternity failed in its duties to provide proper oversight of its chapters and train its members on what to do in the event of a medical emergency.

The defendants denied liability.

The case was successfully resolved with contributions made by all defendants.

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