Motion to Dismiss Overruled in Oklahoma Wrongful Death Lawsuit

by Staff

The Oklahoma Wrongful Death lawsuit filed on behalf of a 66-year-old woman who died at Oklahoma State University’s Boone Pickens Stadium is continuing to move through the court system. According to the Stillwater News-Press, an Oklahoma judge overruled a motion filed by the university’s attorneys asking that the suit be dismissed.

On Dec. 9, 2011, the victim was at the stadium to watch her grandson play football. As she was climbing the stairs to her seat, she slipped and fell, sending her tumbling down the concrete steps. Paramedics rushed the woman to a nearby hospital, but she died a short time later. The medical examiner determined the victim died as a result of head injuries sustained in the fall.

The woman’s husband filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming that the stadium’s steep, inadequately marked and supported steps were the direct cause of the woman’s injuries.

The school filed for dismissal of the suit, maintaining it had sovereign immunity from responsibility for injuries suffered by participants of sporting events at the stadium. However, the judge questioned the victim’s participation in the game because she was attending the game as a spectator.

The Oklahoma City Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers are hopeful a decision in the case will bring a sense of closure to the the family of the victim.