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Brian injury accident during harness racing, poor track condition

Brain injuries are some of the most severe injuries a person can have. They can result in anything from mild memory loss to a state of vegetation. Ohio brain injuries that are caused by vehicle accidents, slip and falls, and dangerous athletic sports are devastating because they are such life-changing events. Even worse, though, is when you know they could have been avoided, but someone else's negligence or "lack of caring" was the cause.

Sporting events are one of the more frequent places that brain injuries occur. This past November, a brain injury occurred at a different type of sporting event in Philadelphia. It was at a horse harness racing event at Harrah's casino. A harness-racing driver was injured in an accident on the track and suffered severe brain damage.

The driver apparently went airborne "a considerable distance" when his horse fell. When the driver landed, he suffered severe brain injury. He now must live in a rehabilitation facility and is completely "incapacitated."

His attorneys have filed a lawsuit against the casino on his behalf claiming that the track was in poor condition, which resulted in the accident. According the lawsuit, other veteran harness drivers allegedly confirmed their belief that the track was defective at the time of the accident. The lawsuit also claims that Harrah's knew the track needed repair but failed to fix it.

The racetrack has been suspended and cannot be used right now for any upcoming races until the casino attends to the track issues. The man's attorneys have been given access to the track so they can inspect it before their hearing date and before Harrah's does any repairs to it. This will give them an opportunity to collect evidence.

Brain trauma victims incur numerous medical expenses. Some may remain in comas for lengthy periods of time. Others have years of rehabilitation and long-term care ahead of them. When Ohio attorneys work for brain damaged victims and their families, it is not all about the money. It is in an effort to give the victim or their family back as much normalcy as possible.

Source: The Inquirer, "Harness racing driver sues Harrah's for poor track condition" Ben Finley, Feb. 01, 2014

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