A freshman at Merrimack College remains hospitalized after falling from his third story North Andover dorm window on the evening of April 27.
The Massachusetts school was having spring festivities throughout the weekend when the unidentified male student’s fall occurred. Merrimack College administrators suspended all scheduled events for the remainder of the weekend once the incident occurred.
Investigators are still trying to piece together what happened in the moments leading up to the young man’s fall from his third-floor dorm room window. The school’s president has noted that they’ve preliminarily ruled out foul play though.
An incident report shows that the student was both alert and conscious when paramedics arrived outside the victim’s Merrimack College dorm. They could tell that he’d suffered serious injuries though.
They summoned a helicopter and flew him to a Boston hospital where he was admitted in critical condition. Neither police nor school officials have disclosed what types of serious injuries he suffered in the fall. They have noted that they expect him to recover from them in time though. For now, he’s surrounded by his family members who are supporting him in his recovery.
When falls from windows occur, investigators may rule out foul play, but that doesn’t mean other types of negligence can’t be blamed for such an incident. A poorly installed or maintained window could have become ajar allowing for someone to fall out of it. It’s important to bring an experienced attorney in on a case early on so they can conduct their own investigation to determine if negligence is at play.