Steffey's parents hire Indy law firm

Steffey's parents hire Indy law firm

There are 256 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Mar 28, 2007, titled Steffey's parents hire Indy law firm. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

The parents of Wade Steffey, a Purdue University freshman found dead last week in a residence hall utility vault, have obtained the services of an Indianapolis law firm.

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typical

Kalamazoo, MI

#1 Mar 28, 2007
That didn't take long. Sometimes and accident is really an accident. Let the closure - not the lawsuits -- begin.
Debbie Scott

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Mar 28, 2007
It makes my stomach turn when people try to capitalize on the death of someone. It was an unfortunate accident and it should be left at that!!!!!!!!!!
BillyBaroo

United States

#3 Mar 28, 2007
Dont do it, I know I would be devastated if I lost one of my sons but suing is not going to bring him back. It will only hurt the University if they have to pay out a few million. I do feel for the family.
greg

Avon, IN

#4 Mar 28, 2007
Good.

Funny how evidence is already being tampered with...

Could Purdue be any more incompetent in handling this tragedy?
Amen

United States

#7 Mar 28, 2007
I hope Mike Miller contacts IN Hope volunteer group for some truths to this matter. The truth shall prevail!!

Mike Miller, I met you years ago about a surgery that was done to my father. You were good then so I know you are the right ones to help Dale and Dawn. They are wonderful, wonderful people. They have touched my heart forever. Dale's heart is as big as they come and Dawn is as beautiful as they come. They are due justice here, not a cover up to keep the name of a school from getting bad publicity.

May the TRUTH PREVAIL!!
Death Lead to Greed

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Mar 28, 2007
Sounds like someone is going fishing. I am sorry for the families loss but what blame do they feel the University holds? Should the door have been locked...sure. Even if it wasn't should he have entered into the room, NO. An adult made a decision that unfortunately cost him his life. Don't start blaming others. Lawsuits for things like this only lead to higher insurance rates and a litigious society bent on making money off of everything.
David Smith

United States

#11 Mar 28, 2007
They might as well sue the liquor store that sold him all the booze as well!
TruthTeller

United States

#12 Mar 28, 2007
Yes, this situation is unfortunate, but...

If there is NO suspected foul play, why are the parents hiring a lawyer for their child's stupidity?

OK, that may not be P.C.- "...thier child's error in judgement..."

I can see it now..."Because my kid did something foolish, I am going to sue you".

I thought the room was labled "High Voltage" which kept searchers out!!!

Obviously he wasn't in the School of Engineering.
WHAT

Fishers, IN

#13 Mar 28, 2007
These people lost their son because Purdue was neglegant and did not lock or mark a door to a very dangerous room. I fail to see where Purdue was not at fault.
mediagrrrl

Indianapolis, IN

#15 Mar 28, 2007
BillyBaroo wrote:
Dont do it, I know I would be devastated if I lost one of my sons but suing is not going to bring him back. It will only hurt the University if they have to pay out a few million. I do feel for the family.
That's not the point. The point is that the university authorities and local law enforcement exercised some piss-poor decision-making skills when carrying out their investigations into the matter. Had they followed the appropriate channels and methods of communicating, perhaps the Steffey family would have had answers months ago. I believe the retainer of this firm to be about the principle of the matter, and any suit that may follow will represent action on the part of the Steffeys to ensure that other families don't have to live through a similar nightmare.
Mason

Avon, IN

#16 Mar 28, 2007
Was it an "accident" that could have been prevented if the university had properly locked the door? Were all building codes properly followed?

If Purdue was negligent they will pay.
yes I can think

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Mar 28, 2007
Maybe there was some negligence on the behalf of the university, but I don't think the family is thinking through the complete exposure of all the details of this incident a lawsuit will cause. Everything about what Wade did before the accident will be examined and made public.

I'm certain that Purdue will take steps to secure electrical rooms. However, it is impossible to make the campus 100% danger free.

Is this what they want in return for some money that will be split with their lawyers and will not bring Wade back?
Far East Sider

Indianapolis, IN

#18 Mar 28, 2007
The vulchers are circling. Sure didn't take long. Let it go!
Christian School Teacher

Batavia, OH

#19 Mar 28, 2007
Suing the university isn't the answer. I agree that it was just an accident. Even if he had been found sooner, it would not have mattered due to the circumstances of his death. However, I can't blame the family for wanting to know how their son got into that room. I have to wonder too as to why that room wasn't more thoroughly checked from the beginning.
What

Indianapolis, IN

#20 Mar 28, 2007
Not only was the door left unlocked, but there were not even any warnings on the door. Purdue was negligent to say the least. A strong message needs to be sent. SUE!
Pat

Coatesville, IN

#22 Mar 28, 2007
This student was trying to enter a building that he did not live in. The Purdue security messures worked properly by not allowing him access. He then tries to break into the building through any opening available. It is not Purdue's fault that this adult chose to gain access to the building by circumventing the secured front doors. This family had better think long and hard before they sue. They may face a backlash from the same public that has supported them through this ordeal.

Kelly

Milroy, IN

#23 Mar 28, 2007
typical wrote:
That didn't take long. Sometimes and accident is really an accident. Let the closure - not the lawsuits -- begin.
I agree it was an accident- but they didn't do a proper search, that fine young man, lay dead while they didn't even bother to do a complete search- now to find they found his shoe outside the door- When you pay a univerisity thousands and thousands of dollars, and your child go missing, and they don't even do a proper search.....your right no lawsuit-Purdue- should be writing a check now.....and I am a Purdue Alumni
Retired Police Officer

Ironton, OH

#24 Mar 28, 2007
I believe the Steffeys have made the right decision. My 23 y/o son is the most important person in my life. I'm glad the University is taking the step of sending off the lock to have it analyzed. That will show 1 of 2 things. That the lock was defective and should have been fixed sooner or that a maintenance person was negligent and left the door unsecure. The University can't just sweep this under the rug. They are accountable 100%. Whether Wade had alcohol in his system or night,the university slipped up on this one. I'm suprised the Purdue counsel let them send it off,only to possibly find it defective. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Steffeys and all of their loved ones.
Homer

United States

#25 Mar 28, 2007
Debbie Scott wrote:
It makes my stomach turn when people try to capitalize on the death of someone. It was an unfortunate accident and it should be left at that!!!!!!!!!!
Would that be your point of view if it was your son/daughter that had died and was not found for almost 2 months due to a error from someone not locking a door that is required to be locked at all times.
D in Indy

Indianapolis, IN

#30 Mar 28, 2007
It may not bring him back, but it may keep similar situations from happening again. You can't tell me that when he was electrocuted, there wasn't a major blip in the electrical systems. Something that out of the ordinary should have tripped an alert somewhere, and this kid should not have been missing for 2 months.

How would you like your child to be missing for 2 months, his status unknown, because of mistakes that other people made?

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