Celebrity Attorney Emery Ledger Satisfied With Settlement For Notre Dame's Declan Sullivan
Time will tell if the death of 20-year old Notre Dame Student Declan Sullivan will permanently tarnish the Golden Dome, but on this day some peace appears to be settling over the situation for the first time since Sullivan lost his life last fall. By now Sullivan’s sad story is widely known. On October 27th, 2010 Sullivan was filming Notre Dame Football practice from high above field level on a hydraulic scissor lift when wind gusts of over 50 MPH knocked over the scissor lift, killing Sullivan in the process.
Today we’ve learned that the school has reached a settlement with the state of Indiana over Sullivan’s death. Notre Dame had been initially fined $77,500 by the Indiana Occupational Safety & Health Association, but has now settled on a reduced fine of $42,000. Nationally recognized Wrongful Death & Personal Injury attorney Emery Ledger of Newport Beach, California said he was “extremely satisfied” to see the way the Sullivan case played out.
Ledger went on to say, “What tends to get lost in cases like Declan’s is what comes out of the situation in the end. What steps have been taken to ensure the safety of future students on The Notre Dame campus? Has there been anything done to raise awareness on a national level? It’s my feeling that the answer to both of the questions is a resounding yes. Notre Dame’s promise to launch a nationwide awareness campaign is exactly the type of action that needs to be taken to keep Declan’s memory alive. As a parent I was a happy to read that Declan’s family was very pleased with the amount of money the school had donated to his memorial”.
The Sullivan family has issued a statement saying: “We also look forward to seeing the launch of the education campaign and expect it will provide a safer work environment for institutions around the country”.
Declan Sullivan’s death hit close to home for so many people. Today it seems that those most deeply affected by his passing have begun to find the inner peace they’ve been searching for since October.