At Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, we are dedicated to representing victims of fraternity hazing. Hazing victims have the legal right to sue the fraternity or sorority for the wrongful and/or illegal conduct of its members. We are committed to helping our clients seek justice and compensation for the harm that has been done to them.
When holding individuals and organizations responsible for hazing, it is imperative that all avenues for recovery, both civil and criminal, are explored. Depending on the severity of their behavior, fraternity or sorority members who engage in hazing can be held criminally and civilly liable for their actions. Additionally, the fraternity itself may be held responsible for failing to prevent hazing from occurring or for promoting a culture that encourages hazing. Reach out to a Toledo hazing lawyer from our team of dedicated student injury attorneys to get started on your case today.
What is Hazing?
Under Ohio law, hazing is governed by O.
R.C. § 2307.44 defined in § 2903.31(A) as “any act or coercing another, including the victim, to do any act of initiation into any student or other organization or any act to continue or reinstate membership in or affiliation with any student or other organization that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm to any person, including coercing another to consume alcohol or a drug of abuse . . . .” While the injuries suffered by victims of hazing abuse are often preventable, fraternities and sororities throughout the country continue to engage in illegal behavior, putting university students at risk.
Hazing most often occurs during the pledging process, when prospective members are subjected to a variety of dangerous and humiliating activities in order to prove their loyalty and commitment to the fraternity. While the dangers of such activities are widely known, potential fraternity or sorority members often ignore these risks because of their desire to join the organization.
Hazing can have serious physical and emotional consequences for victims. In some extreme cases, hazing can even result in death. Victims of hazing may experience physical injuries, emotional trauma, and lasting psychological damage. Working with a Toledo attorney who has experiencing handling the legal and emotional nuances of hazing injuries is crucial to seeking the justice you deserve.
Why Do I Need an Attorney for My Hazing Case?
Charles E. Boyk Law Offices understands the devastating impact that hazing can have on victims and their families. Hiring us will give you tools to navigate the legal system and seek justice for the harm that has been done to you. Involving a Toledo attorney in your hazing case provides the following benefits:
Conduct a Thorough Investigation
We will work tirelessly to gather evidence, interview witnesses, and uncover the truth about what happened during the incident. This will build a strong case on your behalf and hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions.
Provide Legal Guidance and Support
We understand that the legal process can be confusing and overwhelming, especially if you are dealing with associated trauma from the incident. That’s why we will be there to guide you through every step of the legal process, providing you with the necessary information make informed decisions about your case.
Pursue All Available Legal Remedies
Depending on the unique circumstances of your situation, there may be different legal remedies available to you. These may include criminal charges against the perpetrator(s), civil lawsuits against the individuals and/or organization responsible for the hazing, and other equitable actions to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions.
Your recovery will be tailored to your needs.
Seek Maximum Compensation for Your Injuries
If you have suffered physical or emotional injuries as a result of hazing, we will work tirelessly to help you obtain maximum compensation for your losses. This may include compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages related to your injuries.
Contact a Toledo Hazing Attorney for Dedicated Legal Guidance
It’s important to understand that pursuing legal action in a hazing case can be complex and challenging. The attorneys at Charles E. Boyk Law Offices have the skills and resources necessary to successfully represent victims of fraternity or sorority hazing. We provide dedicated, compassionate, and effective legal representation to our clients and will fight tirelessly to ensure that justice is served.
When you or a loved one has been the victim of fraternity hazing, don’t wait to take action. Contact Charles E. Boyk Law Offices today to learn more about how a Toledo hazing lawyer can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.