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Declan Sullivan death could cost ND millions

Posted on: November 1, 2010 11:01 pm
 

Forbes.com is reporting that Declan Sullivan's death could cost Notre Dame at least $30 million.

The site researched Indiana liability law as well as typical wrongful death cases. That's assuming Sullivan's family sues the school.

It's not a question of ND being able to afford the cost and result of such a case. Notre Dame historically is interested in protecting its "brand". A protracted legal case doesn't do anyone any good. If that means settling with the Sullivans then that might be what it takes.

Here's my take from Sunday.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Notre Dame
 
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Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2010 9:20 am
 

Declan Sullivan death could cost ND millions

Amazing isnt it how we live in a society that believes "when its your turn to go it your turn" or "You can't cheat death" until someone dies of course then some body other then GOD is to blame. --------That isn't the society I live in. I live in a society that punishes people that endager others lives through stupidity. I guess if your kid or family member dies while playing russian roulette, gets lung cancer from constant asbestos exposure at work, or gets run over by a dumptruck by a drunk operator at a construction site, than I guess it was just their time to go.



Since: Feb 21, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2010 9:20 am
 

Declan Sullivan death could cost ND millions

Some incredible lack of sensitivity and understanding here.

Should the kid have known better than to stay up in the Hydraulic lift under those conditions? Yes.
But he's a young student given a job to do. Doesn't want to make a bad impression and may not have understood that a lift like that can blow over: I've worked on one, and under normal conditions you feel rock solid on such a heavy machine.

The school had several responsibilities here: (1)To instruct all personnel involved, including the photographer, that it was unsafe and forbidden to go up in the lift in high winds, i.e. gusts over 20-25 mph. The winds that day were gusts around 50mph. (2) Obviously Declan wasn't made aware that he was not only allowed, but REQUIRED not to endanger himself in these conditions, and that videography was not done on such days.

The school obviously didn't do either #1 or 2 above, or the lift wouldn't even have been up that day. This is negigence of the grossest kind, and the school deserves to pay through the nose for it. Only a severe penalty like that will ensure that it never happens again, because if the school had cared in the first place the situation would never have been created.





Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2010 9:14 am
 

Declan Sullivan death could cost ND millions

why would this kid tweet "i lived long enough" and "it's my time to go" and then go up there ? why didn't he just tell kelly or his AV boss "no, it's too windy, I'm not doing it?

all this talk about lawsuits and Dodd's assuming he knows anything credible, like the laws in Indiana, is sad to me. the fault lies with the AV boss at ND, but ultimately to me, the question is - why didn't he just say "no?"



Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2010 9:00 am
 

Declan Sullivan death could cost ND millions

Amazing isnt it how we live in a society that believes "when its your turn to go it your turn" or "You can't cheat death" until someone dies of course then some body other then GOD is to blame. Especially when money might be involved. Isn't funny how a The Church says give tides unto the lord and he will reward you, then tragically a young man dies in an accident on a christian campus and now people want to suggest that money be shelled out to cover the cost of his death. Why do Americans think money first when someone dies? Are we that selfish and a society? Commercials filled with 1-800-get-rich referral services over car accidents, nursing home "abuse", tragic endings to young lives. What ever happened to "Sh** Happens"? Not to siggest that death isn't emotionally painful when it is some one close to you. I only wonder why it is that money and greed makes the tragedy easier to deal with.



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2010 8:56 am
 

Declan Sullivan death could cost ND millions

Swaz,  Who the hell do you think told him to go up in that tower under
those conditions.  The kid was obviously loyal to the school.  However,
he didnt take it upon himself to climb up that tower to film practice.
Someone(Kelly) told him to do it.  The blame will lay with Kelly and the
school for which he is an employee.



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2010 8:36 am
 

Declan Sullivan death could cost ND millions

Wow.  Did you come up with this all on your own Dodd?  And to be correct, it could cost Notre Dame and its insurance carriers $30MM. Don't get the Catholic haters out there thinking we pass another plate at Sunday collection to cover ND's debts.  Because if that was the case, BC fans are going to be ticked!

As a fan (starting to feel like a Cubs fan as of late), I will say that I do believe that the "buck stop" responsibility lies with Kelly in much the same way the responsibility for a soldier killed in Afghanistan or Iraq lies with the President as it was by his actions that that soldier is in harms way.  In neither case do I hold them (POTUS/HC ND) criminally negligent like some would suggest.




Since: Sep 8, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2010 7:29 am
 

Declan Sullivan death could cost ND millions

Totally revelent here! Let's face it, Sullivan was there because the Head ND football coach told him to.........it was his job to do; but the coach suffers the blame because ultimately the buck stops there!

Wrongful death or whatever.........certainly it will not bring Sullivan back; but I bet in the future, ND thinks about it before putting a young person into harms way like he did!

ND........."WILL" settle out of court to stop the publicity! mark my words.........



Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2010 7:11 am
 

Declan Sullivan death could cost ND millions

Mr Dodd, you are pathetic. You really need to take a deep breath and consider your subject matter before you are so glib with a subject that is so serious in nature. Maybe you would have been better served to delve into the fact that there was not one person in a supervisory capacity at ND that had enough sense to tell this loyal young man that it would have been a good idea to stop filming under such difficult conditions.



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2010 7:10 am
 

Declan Sullivan death could cost ND millions

..spoken like a true domer, who still thinks the aura is alive..wake up the echoes, and have them "buck up"  it's going to cost them $$$$, and it should...SOMEBODY has to take responsibility-SOMETIME, and this is the time..this is really gonna cut into the dollars  for pedophile priests fund!!!



Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2010 3:46 am
 

Declan Sullivan death could cost ND millions

Sullivan's death was tragic.  May he rest in peace.

As for caring about the death of a human being, what will be the effect of draining millions from this institution?  (Ok, so it will be from their insurer; but their premiums will jump -- it will end up costing ND millions in some fashion.)  In the effort to cut expenditures to make up for the loss, ND will inevitably wind up scrimping on some scheduled maintenance, ironically increasing the chances of another tragic accident in the future.  It isn't really clear what the most just response to this would be.



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