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University denies responsibility for meningitis death

Ohio University issued a response to a negligence complaint filed by the father of a student who died last year.

In the Ohio Court of Claims Friday, OU issued a response to the lawsuit filed by Joseph Robinson, father of Andrea Robinson, who died of bacterial meningitis while attending OU in 2010.

Joseph Robinson claims that his daughter went to Hudson Health Center and was told to drink water, take Tylenol and a nap. Andrea Robinson died from bacterial meningitis Feb. 17 in a Columbus hospital, according to court documents.

Since 2009, Andrea Robinson has been one of eight students infected with bacterial meningitis. All eight cases have involved the Type B meningitis strand for which there is no vaccination.

Joseph Robinson is suing OU for negligence, wrongful death and loss of consortium. He is asking the court for $25,000 in damages, according to the complaint.

OU denies every claim contained in the complaint and is asking the court to dismiss it.

The university denies that Andrea Robinson’s death was caused by a direct result of her living on campus at OU or that OU was responsible for protecting Andrea Robinson from bacterial meningitis, according to court documents.

OU is claiming that Joseph Robinson failed to state a claim upon which relief could be granted, that Andrea Robinson’s negligence was the sole cause of her injuries and death, and that OU did not have control over the acts that led to Joseph Robinson’s alleged damages, according to court documents.

The university is asking for all costs to be paid by Joseph Robinson, according to court documents.

The court has yet to issue a response.


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