Family of Fort Myers Boy Killed in Lightning Strike Plans to Sue School, Church

Lawyers hired by the family of a boy who was struck and killed by lightning while heading out for football practice at the Southwest Florida Christian Academy, have said they are planning to sue the school and McGregor Baptist Church for “misconduct and negligence.”

A press release issued by the law firm representing the family stated, “The lawsuit contends that as a result of McGregor Baptist Church and Southwest Florida Christian Academy’s negligence, carelessness, and recklessness, the 11-year-old [boy] suffered horrific burn injuries and acute shock that resulted in his untimely death.”

In October, the boy was struck by lightning as he and his fellow middle school football teammates were running out to the football field for practice. After the strike, the team coaches called the boys back inside, but realized that the victim had been hit after he didn’t return. They claimed the sky was blue and clear before the strike.

The boy was rushed to Gulf Coast Medical Center and was then transferred to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition. He was later taken off life support and died.

The News-Press reported that there had been a few hundred lightning strikes from Bonita Springs to Punta Gorda around the time the boy was struck. With an average 1.45 million lightning strikes each year, Florida is known as the lightning capital of the United States. The boy’s death made it Florida’s fifth lightning strike-related fatality of the year.

If you believe that the death of a family member was caused by another party’s negligence, you can file a lawsuit for wrongful death. Often, these lawsuits are complicated and require steady legal representation that only an experienced law firm can provide. The Fort Myers child wrongful death attorneys at Farah & Farah can look at your case and explain your legal options. We can be reached at (800) 533-3555 for a confidential and complementary consultation today.

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