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Man falls 60 feet and suffers head injury

According to the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury. The CDC reported that 35.2 percent of TBI's are from falls, followed by 17.3 percent by traffic accidents, 16.5 percent from being stuck by something and 0.1 percent from assaults.

True to the statistics, a man suffered severe head trauma when he fell 60 feet from a roof. It was reported today that the man was a contractor working on a metal roof at a Galveston ship repair business when the roof gave way and the man fell. Apparently when he landed on the floor below, he hit his head on a desk.

At the time of the accident, approximately 11:00 a.m., the man was pressure washing the metal roof at The Malin International Ship Repair and Drydock. Pressure washing is typically a necessary step before painting a metal roof.

The Galveston firefighters and ambulance crew who responded to the call took the man to the University of Texas Medical Branch where he is being treated for reportedly life-threatening head injuries.

The building owner could possibly be held responsible for this man's injuries if there was some form of negligence. Since the man fell through the roof, rather than off the roof, there may be liability for unsafe conditions of which the man was not made aware.

When there is any form of negligence that contributes to a personal injury, the negligent party may be held liable for damages, including pain and suffering. One of the dangers of a head or brain injury is that there can be lasting complications in memory, cognitive ability or even motor functioning.

At the time of the news report the man's condition was listed as critical.

Source: Daily News, "Contractor falls 60 feet through metal roof," Chris Paschenko, April 19, 2012

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