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Frat parking lot brawl leaves 2 with head trauma

The school year is nearly at an end. It's a time when spirits tend to run high on college campuses around San Diego and the rest of California. With finals pending or just over, the desire to blow off a little steam is strong, but such conditions can lead to undesirable outcomes.

This is something that the families of two University of California, Berkeley, students are struggling with after a tragic confrontation in the parking lot of a fraternity a couple of weeks ago. According to Berkeley police, the two students wound up suffering head injuries from a baseball bat when they became embroiled in a fight early on the morning of April 27. 

One of the victims has since been released from the hospital, but the other is reportedly still laid up suffering from a skull fracture and serious brain injury. The latest post by the young man's mother on CaringBridge.org says that he is making progress, but that the language center of his brain has been damaged, making it difficult for him to communicate.

This is not an uncommon situation after someone has suffered a traumatic brain injury. TBI's often are life-changing events, not just for the victim but for the victim's entire family. Recovery can be long, arduous and costly and may require legal action to ensure that the resources needed to obtain the best possible outcome are obtained.

In a case such as this one, questions may legitimately be asked about overall liability issues. Is the school at all responsible? What about the fraternity? Can the person who is alleged to have wielded the bat be held liable? These are questions that need to be answered by an attorney.

Source: The Daily Californian, "2 UC Berkeley students sustain head injuries after alleged fraternity parking lot fight," May 1, 2014 

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