Each day individuals throughout the nation, including in California, suffer injuries at the hands of others, sometimes literally. While in many cases the injuries are minor and the victim quickly recovers, in more serious cases death can occur. One of the types of injuries that are more prone to end with this result is traumatic brain injuries.
The family of a man in a neighboring state recently found themselves dealing with this issue after a man died as a result of a punch to his face. At the time of the incident, the victim was serving as a referee in a recreational soccer league. After giving one of the players a warning, also known as a yellow card, because of his on-field behavior, that 17-year-old argued with, and then punched the referee.
Initially, the ref seemed fine. When he started to vomit blood and complained of feeling dizzy, an ambulance was summoned. Though he was conscious and able to tell emergency workers what was wrong when they arrived, shortly after reaching the hospital he took a turn for the worse, falling into a coma and eventually dying.
Traumatic brain injuries can occur in a variety of circumstances. Though the injury does not always lead to death, and victims may recover, they usually face repercussions such as cognitive issues or seizures, for years to come, sometimes even throughout the rest of their life.
Depending on the circumstances in which the TBI is suffered a civil lawsuit seeking damages could be appropriate.
Source: CBS News, “Soccer referee’s death shows how dangerous head blows can be,” Ryan Jaslow, May 6, 2013