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“Freak” Basketball Accident Claims Life

It was a typical day for a 16-year-old Ohio teen – playing basketball with friends at Calvary Baptist Church. But, when Noah Lear went up to slam dunk the ball, a support pole snapped and the whole thing- backboard, rim and post came down on him. Still conscious, Noah called his mom to let her know what happened. He said his mouth was bleeding and he knocked out a few teeth, but his friends called 911 and the police were taking him to the hospital.

At the hospital, Noah went into cardiac arrest twice; he was airlifted to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. An emergency tracheostomy was done to help get oxygen to his brain. He endured surgeries and was put in a medically induced coma, which is standard for the type of injuries he incurred. By March 7, Noah was breathing on his own, but had yet to come out of the coma. While there were signs of brain activity, the part of his brain that controls vitals such as heart rate, body temperature and blood pressure had been severely damaged. After several specialists said there was nothing they could do, Noah was moved to hospice care where he remained in a coma until he succumbed to his injuries 18 days after the incident.

The loss of a life is never easy, especially when it’s a child. In this tragic death, we know the — who, what, when, and where. What no one knows is – why? As Noah’s family begins the healing process, they may be asking “Why did the support pole snap?” “Why did the whole thing come done?”

In order to allege a wrongful death, the family must prove the snapped support pole was the result of negligence on the part of the church or the manufacturer of the basketball pole. If reports indicate the pole was defective or was not properly maintained resulting in the detachment, the church and/or manufacturer may be held liable for the accident and the wrongful death of Noah.

Filing a wrongful death lawsuit and negotiating a settlement isn’t an easy task, which is why it is important to hire an experienced attorney. Although a GoFundMe page was set up to help with the unexpected medical costs, if Noah’s family is financially strapped during a lengthy legal process, they may be interested in litigation funding.

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