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Jake Drost Died In Accident At Paloma Valley High School During ROTC Practice In Menifee


Oct 6, 2018

Menifee High School Student Jake Drost  Died at Paloma Valley High School During ROTC Practice After Suffering Medical Emergency

 MENIFEE, CALIFORNIA (October 6, 2018) A student at Paloma Valley High School identified as Jake Drost has tragically died in some sort of accident after suffering a medical emergency during ROTC practice.

Paloma Valley High School released the news about what happened on their facebook page. The school did not elaborate about the conditions under which Jake Drost had a medical emergency.

An ambulance arrived at the scene of the high school in order to give the victim medical treatment. He was transported to the hospital were he was later pronounced dead.

Grief counselors were dispatched to the school in order to help students as they cope. An investigation into the death of  Jake Drost during ROTC practice remains ongoing at this time.

Keeping Children Safe During School Activities

It has been estimated that 10% to 25% of children’s injuries occur while they are at school. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the number of children with special health needs has increased dramatically over the years. It is important that schools have the proper protocols in place to prevent emergencies and respond to them when they occur. Here are just a few things that school should do in order to help protect children:

  • Pre-Participation Exams: Students that engage in sports activities at school should undergo a physical exam in order to uncover any medical conditions that may be relevant.

  • Emergency Action Plans: School staff should have an emergency plan in action if a student is injured or becomes ill at school. The position of emergency supplies should be well known.

  • Heat Awareness: Athletes should be conditioned into playing in warmer weather slowly. Students should not train outdoors when the conditions or heat are too severe. It’s simply not worth the risk. Dehydration and heat stroke remain a leading cause of injury and death for school students. Students should be given numerous breaks and supplied with plenty of water.

  • Medical Records: A student’s medical record is an important piece of information for coaches and staff to have. It will let faculty know if a student can participate and how to better respond to an emergency.

  • Equipment Maintenance: Regular maintenance should be done on school equipment that is used for training. Fields should also be checked for defects which could possibly injure students such as divots or rocks.

  • Proper Training: Coaches should know CPR and undergo a safety training course. Staff should also know the limits of their students. All of these measures can go a long way towards keeping students safe.

Having a child be seriously injured or killed at school is every parents worst nightmare. Schools are supposed to take steps to keep children safe, but this doesn’t always happen. A premises liability attorney can investigate your case and let you know what your rights are.

Liability In Accidents and Deaths at Public Schools

Schools have a responsibility to keep their premises safe and take reasonable steps to make sure that the children entrusted to them are not injured. This is especially important during sports training exercises. When school faculty are negligent in monitoring children or having them participate in inherently dangerous tasks the school may be liable. For example, a high school in Farmingville, New York was sued after a child died during a military training exercise where student athletes were required to carry a 300 lb log with other students. Victims of accidents at schools or their family may have the ability to file a claim for damages.

Getting Help After An Accident At School

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Jake Drost as they are going through such a difficult time. We sincerely hope that measures are put in place in order to prevent similar accidents in the future. No family should ever have to go through something like this. There needs to be an investigation into what went wrong. Were staff adequately trained? Were the students being overworked? The safety of this school can only be improved if there is a thorough understanding of what happened.

If someone that you love has been injured or died in an accident at school you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury lawyers are here to help in any way that we can. We have the staff and resources to investigate your case and get to the bottom of what happened. Moreover, we can take the action necessary to make sure that key pieces of evidence are being preserved and that your rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to get a police report about your specific incident we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

 Sources:

  1. ABC7.com staff. Menifee student dies after on-campus medical emergency. October 5, 2018.

  2. AAP News & Journal Gateway. Medical Emergencies Occurring at School. 2018

  3. David Landers. My Child Was Injured at School — Who is Liable? 2018

  4. LARRY COOPER. When It Comes To Kids, Safety Is No Accident. 2018

  5. DAVE QUINN. High School Football Player Dies During Practice Doing Drill Designed for Navy SEALs. 2017

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