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Football Heat Strokes Preventable; Lawsuits Face Hurdles

Sept. 1, 2018, 1:01 PM

The University of Maryland will take “legal and moral responsibility” for the death of a football player who collapsed after practicing in extreme heat during a workout, president Wallace Loh said at a recent press conference.

That admission of liability by a public school official for a player’s heat stroke death is a positive sign that a quick resolution of potential legal claims by Jordan McNair’s family may be in the offing, attorneys who litigate sports injury suits tell Bloomberg law.

But acknowledgments of culpability are rare when it comes to scholastic sports injury deaths, and if an out-of-court settlement...

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