Weather conditions often require property owners to take precautions to prevent damage to their homes and injury to others. High wind may cause tree branches to fall and turn unsecured objects into airborne projectiles.

If someone should become injured because a homeowner failed to take necessary precautions, the property owner may face claims for monetary damages. For example, one woman in another state is seeking compensation after a piece of patio furniture fell onto her, resulting in a brain injury.

The woman and her boyfriend were walking through a downtown area amid high-rise apartment buildings on a particularly windy day. A gust of wind lifted a wooden lounge chair and blew it off the balcony of one of the 12th floor apartments. The heavy furniture landed on the woman below, causing significant brain injuries.

Recovering from a traumatic brain injury

The severity of the woman’s injuries required three surgeries that involved removing part of the victim’s skull in order to save her life. The 24-year-old woman reportedly spent months enduring hospitalizations and therapy. She had to give up her job and her quest for a master’s degree from Harvard. Shortly after the accident, the city issued a citation to the condo for failing to secure patio furniture.

A life-changing injury can bring the world to a halt, not just for the victim but also for their family and loved ones. Finding a way to cope with a devastating brain injury often means a lifetime of work. This can be especially difficult to understand when a catastrophic injury is the result of someone else’s negligence.