In Texas, bar fights and other altercations are common events and many people tend to minimize the possible serious effects of these brawls. However, as one Georgia case shows, traumatic brain injuries can easily occur during a “routine” bar fight, leaving victims helpless and debilitated.
A Villa Rica, Georgia, bar fight ended with a 21-year-old hospitalized in a coma and three other men behind bars. The 21-year-old was placed in a medically induced coma so that doctors would have a chance to work on his brain injuries with the least possibility of damage to him.
– Article By Richard Weaver
Police noted that statements at the scene of the fight were conflicting and have not made any further arrests although they have not ruled out the possibility that others may be involved. Authorities continue to investigate the incident to determine exactly how the fight started and who may have been responsible for the injuries to the young man. Authorities are also unclear at this point if the young man was involved in the altercation or was simply a bystander.
Victims of traumatic brain injuries caused by violence are not only entitled to justice in criminal courtrooms; they may also be able to recover monetary damages for their injuries. A personal injury attorney may be able to assist victims or their families in recovering damages from the person or people who caused a violent injury. While it is always a goal to have violent offenders brought to justice, it is also important that victims have access to funds for medical treatment and other costs.
Source: The Douglasville Patch, “1 in coma, 3 arrested after Villa Rica bar fight,” John Barker, April 15, 2013