Just over one month ago the balcony of an apartment in Berkeley, California collapsed, sending 13 students falling nearly 40 feet to the ground. The collapse tragically ended the lives of 6 students and significantly injured another 7 who required extensive hospital care.
One of the injured survivors is Aoife Beary. Beary spent nearly a month in an intensive care unit and has just recently been moved to the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center for treatment of the brain injury she suffered as a result of the injury. The extent of her brain injury is not known, though one thing is clear: this once vivacious 21 year old has a long road to recovery.
Different Types of Brain Injuries
A brain injury can be defined as any sort of physical trauma to the head and brain and which causes disruption to the normal functioning of the brain. These injuries can range from mild (i.e. a bump on the head) to severe (as in Beary’s case) and may fall under any one of the following categories:
- Concussion: These are usually the result of a blow to the head or a jolt
- Closed Head injuries: With a closed head injury, there is little noticeable change to the head but the brain may be injured. Whiplash is a common example of a closed head injury
- Acquired Brain Injury: A brain which is deprived of oxygen, been exposed to substances or has been injured due to medication misuse has an acquired brain injury
No Two Brain Injuries Are Alike
The brain is incredibly complex. At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley LLP we know that a mild brain injury which has not involved the loss of consciousness, for example, may still result in long term memory problems, dizziness, and fatigue. As difficult as it may be to accept, anyone who has suffered a brain injury must be prepared to deal with a permanent injury or disability.
Finding Fault After a Brain Injury Incident
In the case of Beary, early reports stated that criminal charges would not be perused. But Alameda County’s deputy district attorney was quick to say that prosecutors were continuing to investigate the case. Two potential targets in this case could include:
- The apartment building’s general contractor
- The company which applied a waterproof membrane to the balcony
Brain injuries of any severity can have a significant long-term impact on the health and well-being of those who are suffering from one. This is why it is important that those who have suffered a brain injury seek professional legal guidance from a knowledgeable personal injury attorney such as ours at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley LLP.
Our experienced attorneys have earned tens of millions of dollars in compensation for traumatic brain injury victims alone. We invite anyone suffering from a brain injury, or their family, to call us at (310) 273-1230 to discuss your particular circumstance.