Our Illinois brain injury attorneys recently read about a lawsuit in which a man who suffered brain injuries after falling while trying to help out a police officer recovered a little over a million dollars in connection with his injuries. The man was working at a pet store nearly three years ago when he helped a local police officer investigate the burglary of a bunch of puppies from the pet store in which he worked. According to Mercury News, while he was helping the officer he was on the roof of the store and fell through the skylight on the roof and fell 15 feet to the ground below. The fall caused the man to suffer a skull fracture, which led to severe brain injury as well as other physical injuries. The lawsuit is against the police officer the man was assisting, the city in which the incident happened, and the owner of the complex in which the store was located. The lawsuit sought damages for the permanent brain injuries the man suffered as a result of the fall. He must take anti-seizure medication for the rest of his life because of the damage to his head. The personal injury lawsuit was settled shortly before it was scheduled to go to trial, and the man injured will receive a total of $1.1 million dollars, part from the city and part from the complex in which the pet store was located.
This type of permanent brain injury is an open brain injury in which the skull was cracked, and in this particular case is resulted in permanent damage and the patient will need to take medication for the rest of his life. It is likely that the reason that the man has to take medication for the rest of his life is to make sure that the brain does not swell and that the cranial pressure does not become more damaging to his head. This type of injury is common with a blow to the head, which can occur when a person falls a long distance, like the man did in this lawsuit. A closed head injury, as oppose to this type of open head injury, occurs when there is a brain injury but the skull is not cracked open.
The victim of the head injury recovered damages not only for the medical bills and costs associated with the accident itself, but also for the pain and suffering and damages that he will continue to suffer as a result of having to deal with a permanent head injury for the rest of his life. This type of compensation is often available to victims of brain injuries that suffered their injury at least partially because of the negligence of another, and is a way in which to try to help make the person feel as close to whole again after their injury.
If you or a loved one was injured in a fall and feel that the fall was at least possibly caused by the negligence of another, please contact our Chicago brain injury attorneys today. Our Illinois personal injury law firm is here to help you recover the compensation you deserve and have helped out victims of brain injuries all over the state of Illinois.