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Boy’s skull fractured following physical assault

On Behalf of | Aug 16, 2019 | Serious Injuries |

Many personal injury cases in Ohio arise from negligence. In other words, someone acts in a way that is irresponsible or fails to do what is necessary, and someone else gets hurt as a result. However, negligence is only one possible reason that personal injuries can occur. They can also arise because of the willful misconduct of others. To put it another way, someone knows that his or her actions could result in harm to others but carries them out anyway. 

A 13-year-old boy in Montana sustained skull fractures as a result of an alleged assault by a 39-year-old man at a county fair. Witnesses describe the boy lying on the ground in the aftermath, unable to form coherent speech and seizing uncontrollably, with blood coming out of both ears. According to his parents, the bleeding from his ears continued for another six hours. 

A helicopter flew the boy from the fairgrounds in Montana to a hospital in Spokane, Washington. He received treatment for fractures of the temporal bones, i.e., the parts of the skull present along both sides of the head, near the ears. He has since returned home to recuperate. According to his report, he is unable to remember anything about the incident apart from the pain. 

The man involved in the alleged attack reportedly slammed the boy to the ground because he failed to remove his hat for the national anthem. Authorities report that the man told them that he asked the boy to remove his hat, and the boy cursed at him in response. However, reports from witnesses do not corroborate that claim. 

The man now faces felony assault charges in Montana. It is unknown whether the boy’s family members intend to bring a civil case against him. Nevertheless, those dealing with serious injuries because of another’s misconduct may find it helpful to contact an attorney.