UMass Student Scott Erlandson Dies in Unknown Accident

Freshman Scott Erlandson, a student at UMass Amherst, has died in an unknown accident.UMAss Amhert student fatality

Representative of UMass Amherst released the news today. Erlandson is the third student fatality this semester. Another student, Caleb Martin, passed away in a car collision.

School officials refuse to release the details or circumstances surrounding his death.


Students and staff are advised to utilize therapy services being offered by the school.

School Liability

An institution of learning is liable for student injuries that occur on its property. This is known as premises liability because the entity in control of the property would be responsible for injuries on the property.

The entity that you want to sue for your based injury or wrongful death needs to own the property on which the incident occurred. Since a student is expected to be on school property, and welcomed onto it, the victim has a right to sue because the school should have expected to provide safe properties.

To ultimately succeed on this litigation, it must be established that the school failed to meet its duty of care to the student. That could mean it failed to do something, the actions it took did not take into account the risk of injury. The usually circumstances are that the school did not prevent the students from harming each other, or failed to provide a safe environment.

If you feel the actions or inaction of a school caused you or your family injury, please call the attorneys that the Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers at (617) 777-7777 and tell us your story.

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