Sean Mace, a U.S. Navy veteran, was relaxing under a pine tree at the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park during fleet week of last October, when a 16-pound pine cone fell on his head, causing major head injuries.
Mace is now suing the U.S. Department of Interior and Historic Park, managed by the National Park Services for nearly $5 million in damages.
On October 12, 2014, Mace found, what he thought was a peaceful place, to read and take a nap under a coniferous Araucaria bidwillii tree, or more commonly known as bunya pines or false monkey puzzle trees.
As Mace slowly fell asleep beneath the tree, one of the pine cones broke loose and landed on his head.
He was rushed to the hospital with a crushed skull and underwent surgery to relieve the pressure on his brain from internal bleeding.
Five days later, Mace was required to undergo another procedure to further relieve pressure building inside his skull. The incident has caused traumatic brain injury and most likely irreversible cognitive effects.
The complaint made by Mace, claims that there were no warning signs in the area regarding the falling giant pine cones. After his accident, warning signs have been posted up around the park.
As for the U.S. Navy veteran, he will likely need lifetime care due to the accident.
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