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New York student's brain-injury death treated as homicide

No matter how careful you are in day-to-day life, accidents happen. Sometimes these will be minor trips, slips or falls that you can laugh off with no serious repercussions. Others, however, can result in serious injury. One of the most life-threatening injuries a person can suffer is head trauma. Such was the case in New York this winter.

The accident in question took place to the west of New York City, on the snow-covered slopes of the Pocono Mountains. The victim, a college student, fell after being shoved during a fraternity ritual while he was blindfolded and carrying 20 pounds of sand on his back. He suffered a severe brain injury in the fall.

Although the injured student was taken to medical professionals by other members of his fraternity, he died at the hospital. The death is now being treated as a homicide. This unfortunate turn of events led not only to the loss of this young man, but also to potential charges against the fraternity members involved.

Head injuries are not always fatal, but they regularly have serious complications, including amnesia, coma or permanent disabilities. Clearly, the impact such an injury can have on a surviving victim's life is profound, often requiring expensive, long-term medical care and rehabilitation.

Living with the consequences of such injuries is extremely difficult, and it is important to seek any necessary aid. Residents of New York should be prepared to stand up for their right to compensation in the wake of a head injury caused by another person's negligent or reckless actions.

Source: myfoxny.com, "Death of Baruch College fraternity member ruled homicide," Feb. 14, 2014

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