Lawsuit Claims 16 Pound Pinecone Caused Man Serious Harm

A man has filed a lawsuit against various government entities alleging that he suffered a wrongful traumatic brain injury while visiting a federal park in San Francisco. The injury occurred when a 16-pound pinecone fell from a tree and struck the man in the head. According to court papers, the man is likely to suffer ongoing cognitive challenges and require additional medical care due to this injury. When the negligence of a person or company causes a significant head injury, injured parties can seek compensation with the assistance of a traumatic brain injury attorney.

For more information, contact Attorney Group. We provide free, no obligation consultations. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated brain injury lawyer.

Important: The time you have to pursue a claim is limited. Contact us for more information.

Man Claims His Brain Injury Resulted in Depression, PTSD, and Cognitive Damage

A U.S. Navy veteran is seeking $5 million for a traumatic brain injury that he suffered when he was struck in the head by a 16-pound pinecone, which crushed his skull and caused significant internal pressure and bleeding. According to The San Francisco Chronicle, the lawsuit names various government entities that maintain the federal park where the injury occurred. The lawsuit claims that these entities were negligent in failing to post warning signs, erect safety fences or remove the non-indigenous pines that the cone fell from, which can produce seedpods weighing up to 40 pounds.

The plaintiff has reportedly suffered various complications due to his injury. He has undergone surgery twice and is expected to need at least one more surgery. He now suffers from depression as well as posttraumatic stress disorder. Additionally, the lawsuit alleges that the man’s injury caused serious cognitive losses that are unlikely to reverse in time, the website reported.

Injured Parties May be Eligible for Compensation

Those who have sustained a serious or life-threatening brain injury due to the fault of another may consider seeking legal counsel from a brain injury lawyer to learn more about pursuing a claim and recovering compensation for their suffering. Compensation can be based on factors including:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from an injury
  • Loss of income or ability to work due to loss of mobility

If a loved one dies after complications from a brain injury, family members may be able to pursue claims for wrongful death damages, including:

  • Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
  • Loss of financial support
  • Pain, suffering, and mental anguish resulting from the loss of a loved one

Affected patients and their families are encouraged to seek the advice of a brain injury attorney to discuss their legal rights and options for compensation.

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If you or a loved one sustained a traumatic head injury due to the negligence or fault of another, contact Attorney Group. You can fill out the form on this page, call us at the number listed at the top of the page, or email us at

When you contact us, an attorney will follow up with you to speak with you about your case or answer questions that you might have. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and any information you provide will be kept confidential.

Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.

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