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University dorm party leads to catastrophic injuries

One of the worst phone calls parents can get is the one informing them their child has been injured in an accident. Parents who receive this call about a child they have recently sent off to college may be left with many questions about the role the institution played in the accident. One family in another state is seeking to hold a university responsible for the catastrophic injuries their son suffered in a fall during an allegedly unsupervised party in a dorm.

The university does not allow fraternities, but the parents of the victim claim this did not prevent the carnival atmosphere that included housing students of legal drinking age with underaged students. Their son was an 18-year-old freshman when he attended a party in the dorm that included alcoholic beverages. His parents claimed he was an inexperienced drinker and that the adult monitor assigned to the dorm was not present to supervise the safety of their son and other students.

The parents of the victim claim the aging infrastructure of the building, along with unmonitored drinking, created a situation where a serious accident was likely to occur. Unfortunately, their son fell over the balcony of a stairwell and landed on the concrete basement floor 30 feet below. He suffered a massive brain injury that has left him permanently impaired. His parents report that he cannot feed, bathe or dress himself, he cannot communicate, and he can no longer walk without assistance.

When facing a lifetime of challenges and struggle, victims of catastrophic injuries and their families may need all the help they can get. When those injuries are the result of someone else’s negligence, parents may be left with many questions and an uncertain future. With the strong and compassionate guidance of an experienced attorney, they may find the answers and direction they need to pursue the compensation that may improve the quality of life for their loved one.