Last week the family of Tim Hague filed a wrongful death lawsuit seeking over $5 million CAD in damages for what they claim is gross negligence leading up to Hague’s death.
Hague passed away at age 34 after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage in a bout against Adam Braidwood at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, AB. In their lawsuit the Hague family names the City of Edmonton, the Edmonton Combat Sports Commission (ECSC), and K.O. Boxing Canada among the defendants.
Also named as defendants are former ECSC executive director Pat Reid (who the lawsuit suggests committed criminal negligence), David Aitkin (who is believed to have hired Reid), Len Kovisto (the referee for Hague’s final contest), and Dr. Shelby Karpman and Dr. Shirdi Nullah (who are named as ringside officials in the lawsuit).
The lawsuit alleges all these individuals and entities played a role in allowing Hague to fight Braidwood despite Hague having suffered a number of losses via KO and TKO which should have resulted in medical suspensions. The lawsuit claims that Reid failed to submit results from Hague’s fights and that if this were done it would have prevented Hague from being licensed outside of Edmonton, and thus would have reduced the cumulative amount of brain trauma Hague suffered in the last couple of years of his life.
The lawsuit also claims that the ringside physicians did not secure adequate medical records and that these records might have prevented Hague’s ability to get licensed.
In supporting their argument for Hague’s medical status not being appropriate for combat sports in Edmonton, the Hague family revealed that the former UFC fighter was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Their lawsuit states that Hague was diagnosed with CTE after an autopsy.