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Philadelphia Family Files Lawsuit Against Fraternity

Posted by Blake Caulder | Aug 08, 2017 | 0 Comments

The family of a student at Drexel University have filed a lawsuit against a number of members of a fraternity at the school over events that occurred in 2015. Ian McGibbon of Narbeth, Pennsylvania was severely injured in a fight. One night in September of 2015, Ian's life was changed forever. Ian suffered a devastating brain injury in an altercation that resulted in his head hitting cement ground, which knocked him unconscious. McGibbon's frat brothers carried him to their frat house, which was two blocks away. One of the frat brothers was designated as a risk manager, and decided not to contact 911 for nearly 10 hours time. This delay in attention and care to McGibbon's injuries caused a severe brain injury.

The Lawsuit Against Frat Brothers

In response to these events, the McGibbon family has filed a lawsuit against two fraternities, and 5 specific students. After the fight ensued and Ian was left unconscious, his family found him still "unconscious" and "covered in blood and vomit." The family attorney stated that Ian's brain injury was the result of swelling and he was simply carelessly left there for his injuries to grow worse. Named as defendants are the Pi Kappa Phi and Delta Sigma Phi fraternities, as well as individual members of each fraternity.

Drexel University has not been named as a defendant at this time, however, the family and their attorney seek to send a message to the greater community regarding fraternity and sorority culture. The lawsuit alleges that had someone reported their son's injuries to emergency services immediately, their son could have avoided the permanent brain damage that ensued, and would have been able to graduate as well. Instead Ian requires assistance in his day to day living.

Drexel put forward a statement regarding these events. The University's statement discussed the university's concern for their students, and announced their policy on incidents that involve student safety. The University provides amnesty for students who are involved in these types of incidents, but contact emergency services for the safety of their friends. This means that students would not suffer disciplinary consequences form the University for their actions, so long as they contact the proper services and authorities for their injured, intoxicated, or otherwise endangered friends. At this time, no specific damages have been published.

Liability on a College Campus

When a student is injured or suffers harm on a college campus, at times, there may be several parties liable for what happened. These types of cases can be particularly common, especially in cases where underage drinking or severe binge drinking is involved. Sometimes, lengthy investigations and multiple defendants will be involved in these cases. An incident on a college campus can be complex and difficult for families and students involved, and many times much is either at risk, or has already been lost.

About the Author

Blake Caulder

I am a North Carolina native who was born in Marion, but grew up in Rutherfordton. While I was truly blessed to be raised in a loving, caring, and stable home, I realized at a young age that not everyone had that opportunity and always had a heart to help my friends who were hurting. Upon graduating high school, I began working with my father who has a real estate office in Bat Cave, North Carolina, while at the same time, attending Gardner-Webb University. I was seeking what direction to go with my career. At the time, the most reasonable thing appeared to be to join my father in his real estate practice. But putting aside the financial aspect and given my passion to help people, I wanted to do something that would allow me take that passion to a whole other level. That's when I found the practice of law. Upon graduating from GWU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, I was accepted to Elon Law School and was a recipient of a Presidential Scholarship. After completing my first year of law school at Elon, I transferred to Charlotte School of Law to be closer to home and my wife. As an attorney, I genuinely care about each individual client. My first and foremost goal is to help every client achieve the best possible outcome in their case and I strive to make a difference in their lives. I practice in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense, family law, civil litigation, and estate planning. While attending law school, I acquired significant legal experience in multiple practice areas by interning with both the law firm of Tomblin, Farmer and Morris, PLLC and the legal department of Family Dollar. In addition, I defended clients in criminal cases through Charlotte School of Law's Criminal Justice Clinic and provided legal services to individuals who were starting businesses through the school's Entrepreneurship Clinic. When I'm not practicing law, I love being involved in the community, participating in the local prison ministry and community service opportunities. I am very grateful to have a wonderful wife, Daniella, and we were blessed with our first child, Coleman Blake Caulder, in January 2015. Education: Charlotte School of Law J.D., Summa Cum Laude Class Rank – 1 of 328 Order of the Crown CALI Excellence for the Future Awards – Criminal Procedure, Non-Profits, Estate Planning, Civil Rights Pro Bono Honors Full Scholarship Gardner-Webb University B.S. in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude Distinguished Senior Student Award – Highest GPA Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honorary Society Bar Admissions: North Carolina State Bar South Carolina State Bar


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