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Galveston mother and child victims of crumbling facade

No one expects to be faced with a traumatic brain injury that affects memory, personality or motor functions. A head injury can have long-term consequences that may not be immediately evident after an accident. Brain injury victims should know that they may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses related to loss of employment, permanent disability, rehabilitation therapy and long-term care if the injury was a result of someone else's negligence.

On Aug. 25, a 26-year-old mother and her 3-year-old son were enjoying Galveston's ArtWalk outdoor event. As the young mom pushed her son's stroller down Post Office Street, in front of the Urban Lofts building, a large chunk of stucco-like material detached from the facade of a second-floor balcony and fell on them, hitting the mom on the head and injuring the boy in his stroller.

The mother remains in critical condition in the hospital with head and neck injuries, while the son was released the next day with a black eye and what the father reported as a couple of knots on his head. The long-term consequences of the victims' head injuries have yet to be determined.

Whether this incident is a fluke accident cannot be determined without skilled investigation. The city, the developer and the maintenance company have legal duties to inspect and maintain the building to keep the public safe. Nothing can truly compensate a victim of a serious head injury if that person loses the ability to function normally, but a civil claim of personal injury can help victims receive compensation for the physical and financial struggles caused by another party's negligence.

Source: The Daily News, "Isle woman injured in balcony accident in ICU," T.J. Aulds, Aug. 27, 2012

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