A 13-year-old boy died after injuring his head while playing with friends. The group was enjoying being outside on a zip line described as homemade. The injury was not a result of a fall–the zip line was only four feet off the ground–but rather occurred when the line snapped and a fastener struck him on the back of the head.
The boy survived the initial accident and was transported to an area hospital. There, he was placed on life support. When he was determined to be brain dead, his family made the difficult, but noble, decision to donate his organs and said their goodbyes.
The incident that led to the injuries was deemed to be an accident.
While not all brain injuries result in death, they nonetheless can dramatically change the life of the person who experienced it as well as those who live with that individual. A wide variety of symptoms related to such an injury can persist long after the incident has passed. In addition to physical symptoms such as headaches or dizziness, some experience mood swings and depression.
It is important that individuals who suffer brain injuries continue to receive medical treatment for their injury as long as they last. Because such treatment can be expensive, when the accident causing the injuries was the fault of another person, it may make sense to seek damages from the responsible party via a lawsuit.
Source: Tribune-Review, “McCandless boy hurt in zip line accident dies in Children’s Hospital,” Megan Harris and Michael Hasch, June 10, 2014