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Hazing Injury Results in Severe Frostbite & Potential Loss of Fingers

Steve Wagner

A fraternity at Syracuse University has been suspended after one of their pledges was severely injured in a hazing stunt, causing him to potentially need life-altering surgery to remove four of his fingers.

Although the pledge remains unidentified, the two fraternity members responsible for the injury, Tae Kim (19), and Jeffrey Yam (21) were charged with first-degree hazing and were arrested after the incident. The fraternity members were requiring pledges to do push-ups in the snow, without proper clothing or any gloves on their hands. After about 30 minutes of push-ups, the pledges were given hand warmers and told to return to the frat house, but unidentified pledge could not warm his hands or stop the pain in his fingers.

He went to the hospital later that evening and was informed he had severe frostbite in his ring and pinky fingers on both hands. He is scheduled for follow-up appointments and awaits news for any progress and recovery in his hands. It is likely he will have to have surgery to remove the four fingers as a result of the hazing stunt.

The fraternity, Nu Alpha Phi, has beens suspended by the school, and Syracuse University released a statement saying they have a zero tolerance policy for pledging and they are taking the matter extremely seriously. According to police, there were two other pledges involved in the hazing, but they are denying involvement with the investigation.

We have unfortunately seen far too many cases of hazing injuries, like the wrongful death of the Wabash College student in 2013, and we have helped many families recover financially from situations like these. Although we cannot take away the pain of the injury or loss you have suffered, we can help alleviate the stress and ongoing burden of debt you may face as a result of the accident. Give our personal injury attorneys a call if you have questions about a hazing injury or wrongful death, and we would love to assist you. Call us today at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a consultation.


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