Any Delaware residents that have ever boxed or viewed a match are aware that injuries are to be expected. For the protection of boxers, medical professionals are available at official matches to provide evaluation and treatment of injuries. Unfortunately, one boxer in another state suffered severe brain injuries, and he is expected to need around-the-clock care for the rest of his life. His parents believe that had the physician properly evaluated their son during his match, his injuries would not be as extensive. They have a filed a lawsuit against the physician.
The couple's 24-year-old son was considered a rising boxing star when his injuries occurred. Allegedly, after round seven of the boxing match, their son alerted his assigned physician of dizziness and pain the back of his head. While other medical professionals argue that his symptoms would warrant an immediate halt of the boxing match, his physician allegedly ignored his symptoms. The boxer attempted to continue boxing, but was knocked down in the ninth round.
His mother stated that her son was not able to walk to the dressing room without her support. He collapsed not long after the conclusion of the match. After he was transported and treated at a nearby medical facility, he survived an emergent surgery for treatment of bleeding on his brain. Although he has survived, he needs care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Although very few Delaware residents will find themselves fighting in a boxing match, brain injuries as a result of any activity can be as debilitating and expensive as this man's experience. As with the boxer's case, brain injuries may result in loss of quality of life and unexpected expensive medical treatment. In similar potential preventable cases, personal injury attorneys can advise injured victims of their available options and legal rights to attempt to recoup unexpected related expenses.
Source: espn.com, "The parents of former boxer Prichard Colon are suing a ringside doctor and promoters for more than $50 million", William Weinbaum, May 4, 2017