It is something that no parent ever needs to go through – a phone call telling them that their child has died. Even worse, that their death was the result of possible negligence of the people around him.
Noah Domingo was 18 when he died at a party a few weeks ago. He was at a home off-campus of UC Irvine. Family and friends say that drinking too much alcohol likely played a part in the death. As they await autopsy and toxicology results, they are left with questions.
“As a family, we’re hurting, but we’re also concerned – could it have been prevented? Is there something we, as a family, can do to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again?” said Dale Domingo, Noah’s father.
In the aftermath of the death, the university suspended Sigma Epsilon fraternity. Is this yet another tragic case of fraternity hazing gone wrong?
At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, we want to dig deeper into who Noah was as a person and what was lost that night. Our San Diego wrongful death attorneywill watch this case closely because this incident is part of a larger pattern that needs to stop.
HE WAS JUST GETTING STARTED
Noah was the youngest of three siblings. His brother Nikko is 25 and his sister Brianna is 20. Brianna says that she had been helping Noah adjust to like at college. He struggled to balance his coursework with the fraternity life. Noah played both basketball and football in high school and wanted to pursue a career in sports medicine. He wanted to focus on helping basketball player injuries.
When you look at his photo, you cannot help but think about how tragic this is for his family. His sister said that the fraternity had events scheduled the entire week leading up to Noah’s death, that the fraternity had a busy events page on Facebook.
“He was just good at everything. He was very smart, athletic,” said Noah’s friend Ryan Lee.
Lee had been at the party with Noah but left early. Noah was found at around 9:30 p.m. that evening unresponsive in a bed. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
What will it take for colleges to crack down on the irresponsibility of fraternities on campus? Who is at fault when something like this happens?
WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW
If you suspect that another person or a group’s negligence is to blame for the death of your loved one, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, you can count on our qualified team to help you through this. We will work diligently to secure the compensation you and your family deserve. This can include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of future income and benefits
- Punitive damages