A family recently filed a lawsuit against their daughter's boyfriend and his family claiming that they are responsible for the injuries their 42-year-old daughter sustained after supposedly slipping on an icy driveway.
According to the civil complaint, the 42-year-old was leaving her boyfriend's home around 2 a.m. when she slipped and fell outside. From the slip and fall she was knocked unconscious, and when her boyfriend went to pick her up off the ground, he allegedly dropped her or somehow caused her head to violently hit the ground several more times.
Next the boyfriend reportedly called his parents, who came to his house and carried the still unconscious 42-year-old to their car and drove her to the hospital without first even calling 911.
Once at the hospital it was learned that the woman had multiple contusions and fractures to her head, which doctors said is inconsistent with the injuries a person would receive from an accidental fall.
According to the lawsuit, once at the hospital her boyfriend and his parents also refused to tell medical personnel or police what had actually happened to cause such serious injuries, which delayed and complicated her needed treatment, and also added to the severity of her head injuries.
According to a police lieutenant assigned to the case, when her boyfriend was asked to describe what had happened to cause her injuries, instead of answering any questions he hired a lawyer.
At this point, the father of the 42-year-old said that he just wants to know what happened that night, and claims that if it really was just an accidental fall then her boyfriend and his family would have nothing to hide.
An attorney representing her boyfriend and his family said that he was actually hired because the family of the 42-year-old was harassing his clients and blaming them even before police launched an investigation.
At one point doctors didn't even think the woman was going to make it, but after being in a coma for two months she did wake up, and is now slowly able to walk, talk and recognizes some people. However, she has no recollection of what happened the night of the accident.
Source: Albany Times Union, "Family sues owner of McGuire's restaurant, son over woman's head injury," Bryan Fitzgerald, 18 June 2011