Nov 7, 2016
Rower Sues Clark

Brennan Ross, a former member of Clark University’s rowing team, has filed a lawsuit against the school, rowing coach Michael McDonald, and several team members, accusing them of negligence that led to his suffering debilitating injuries two years ago.

According to the Worcester Telegram, Ross alleged that soon after he started going to Clark in August 2014, he joined the rowing team. On August 27 of that year, Ross alleged that Nick Reynolds, a teammate who was named in the lawsuit, told him to do 125 jump squats in five minutes, and continue practicing even after Ross said he was in pain. Ross said that he was told to train in spite of continuing to feel discomfort on August 28, resulting in him being admitted to Exeter Hospital’s emergency division on August 29, where he was diagnosed with “severe rhabdomyolysis and acute kidney injury.”

The complaint did not specify how much damages were being sought, but alleges that Ross “now suffers from permanent disabling injuries, namely rhabdomyolysis,” resulting in his parents paying $27,979.99 on medical care and Ross incurring $500,000 in lost earnings.

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