Boogard's family sues NHL over his death
I think this is a lot different then the NFL cases. Boogard died of drug overdose, and they are saying that the NHL failed to take reasonable measures to prevent his prescription pain killer addiction.
The meat of the issue:
"Boogaard sought treatment through the NHL's substance abuse and behavioral health program multiple times for an addiction to painkillers. He was never funneled into Stage 2 or 3 of the multitiered program, despite additional transgressions that should have earned him a suspension without pay."
Maybe I'm too harsh on addicts, but I don't think an employer is responsible for getting you clean. The biggest problem legally I see for Boogard's case is that they can't prove "but for the NHL's lack of pushing him into Stage 2 or 3, Boogards would be alive today." He could have gone to Stage 2 or 3 and still overdosed and been addicted.
[ Edited by SunDevilNiner79 on May 14, 2013 at 9:35 AM ]