The story of the passing of Tim Hague continues to get more depressing. After a recent reports Hague’s brain was riddled with advanced stages of CTE, now the UFC vet’s family is moving forward with a lawsuit.
The CBC has more of the grim details of Hague’s family lawsuit against the Edmonton commission.
“The family of Tim Hague, the Edmonton boxer who died during a match almost two years ago, is seeking about $5.3 million in a lawsuit against the City of Edmonton and several other parties.
A statement of claim was filed at the Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton on Friday, just ahead of a two-year filing deadline. The lawsuit is for $4.2 M, but the family is seeking additional compensation under Alberta’s Fatal Accidents Act.
The lawsuit alleges the failures and negligence of the defendants caused or contributed to the death of Tim Hague. It criticizes the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission’s handling of fight and medical records, as well as the conduct of referees and ringside physicians on the night of the fight.
“The claim alleges the referee’s failure to call off the fight caused or contributed to Hague’s death. The ringside physicians also didn’t offer appropriate medical care after the fight or refer Hague to hospital in a timely manner, according to the lawsuit.
The claim goes on to say the commission should have suspended Hague ahead of the deadly match because of his medical and fight history. The failure to collect that information about Hague before the match contributed to his death, the suit alleges.”
CTE stands for chronic traumatic encephalopathy; a brain disease caused by repeated head injuries, including concussions.
Maybe the most shocking coming out of all of this is not Hague’s family filing a wrongful death lawsuit Edmonton Combat Sports Commission. The signs of malpractice were poking out in the immediate aftermath of Hague’s death in a boxing match that took place in Edmonton back in June 2017.
The fact that a former MMA fighter and part time boxer has CTE is also not shocking what so ever. On this front, Hague is likely just the tip of the iceberg. Our MMA heroes are still human and getting punched in the head for our entertainment comes with long-term consequences that nobody wants to speak aloud.
The fact that the boxing match that put Tim Hague into a coma is readily available to watch, just feels way too dark for this world.
RIP Tim, hopefully your death leads to form of meaningful change and more protections for your brothers/sisters in combat.