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Brain damaged boxer receives million dollar settlement

Sports injuries have been in the news lately, both in New York and throughout the country. It seems like almost any sport can lead a player to suffer from a severe head injury. And, a head injury can lead to a lifetime of necessary care and expensive medical treatment.

A boxer and his family has received a large settlement from the state of New York due to injuries he suffered while in a fight at Madison Square Garden. In the first round, Magomed Abdusalamov was hit in the face and appeared to have trouble breathing out of his nose.

Doctors examined him after the fight as he complained that his head hurt. The doctors advised him that he may have a facial fracture and to have it checked out when he returned home to Florida.

While in the dressing room, it was found that he had blood in his urine. He was taken to a nearby hospital in a cab. Abdusalamov lost consciousness in the emergency room, developed a blood clot in his brain, suffered multiple strokes, stayed in a coma for several weeks and was in the hospital for 10 months. He is now paralyzed in his right side and unable to walk and talk.

His family believes if he would have received proper medical care earlier, he would not have suffered such a severe injury. The courts have ordered New York State to pay Abdusalamov and his family $22 million in what is believed to be the largest personal injury settlement in New York.

Head injuries are serious. When a person suffers head trauma, they can be affected for the rest of their lives. A legal professional who specializes in personal injury can help a family determine what happened to cause the injury or not have the injury detected. If it was the result of negligence, compensation may be available for medical expenses, future medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

No one expects they will become the victim of head trauma, but if they are, they have the legal right to hold the negligent party responsible. Head trauma is a serious injury that a person may never be able to recover from.

Source: espn.com, "Magomed Abdusalamov receives $22M settlement from New York State", William Weinbaum, Sept. 8, 2017

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