A 22-year-old college student has had to drop out of school because brain injuries have impaired his ability to read and write.
According to a Daily News report, the student is now suing the school because his brain injuries were suffered during an unexpected sparring session in the Syracuse University’s boxing club. He alleges that the instructor invited him into the ring for a non-contact shadow boxing drill. Since he thought it would be a non-contact drill, he was not wearing any protective head equipment. During the drill, the instructor repeatedly struck the student in the head. The coach failed to intervene.
The victim had a 3.8 grade point average at the time of the incident. He is now unable to read or write because of his ocular disability and concussed brain injuries. His family is not sure if he will ever return to a normal life. It is unclear if the college will make changes to their club, or if the coach has been reprimanded for the incident.
The symptoms you can suffer from sustaining a concussion are varied and unpredictable. Some victims of brain trauma are able to recover relatively quickly and return to normalcy, while others struggle with permanent disabilities that affect their quality of life. Short-term symptoms that can result from a concussion include headaches, temporary loss of consciousness, confusion, amnesia, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, slurred speech, and fatigue.
More serious symptoms that can progress long after the accident include:
- Concentration and memory issues
- Irritability and significant changes in personality
- Sleep disturbances
- Disorders of taste and smell
- Eye disturbances
- Issues with mental function and physical coordination
Serious symptoms of brain trauma can get worse over time. That is why it is crucial for victims of head trauma to receive early and continued medical attention and treatment.
Unfortunately, this type of care is expensive. A personal injury suit can help pay for medical bills, along with pain and suffering. A lawsuit won’t change what happened, but can make healing a little easier.
If you or a loved one is suffering from brain injury symptoms, do not hesitate to discuss your legal options with a skilled New York City personal injury attorney.
Contact Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP to discuss your situation. We can be reached at (212) 986-7353.