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Five months after a major motor vehicle accident, comedian Tracy Morgan is fighting to recover from a severe brain injury that could end his career. The actor’s struggle highlights the need for greater brain injury awareness.
On June 7, 2014, a Walmart truck slammed into Tracy Morgan’s limo on his way back from a show in Delaware. The Wal-Mart driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel. Mr. Morgan was riding with several friends including comedians James McNair and Ardie Fuqua, and Morgan’s assistant Jeffrey Millea. McNair was killed and three others were injured. Morgan suffered a broken leg, nose, and ribs in addition to a severe traumatic brain injury. At age 46, he spent several weeks in a hospital and in rehabilitation.
A video of Tracy Morgan on July 14 showed he was in good spirits and on the road to recovery. He told photographers:
“I’m OK. I love you very much. Thank you. I appreciate everything.”
But Morgan’s lawyer, Benedict Morelli, says he still has a long way to go.
“When you have a traumatic brain injury, it takes a very long time to find out how you’re going to do and how much you’re going to recover. You just don’t know. He’s still fighting and trying to live his life at the same time and trying to get better, and he’s just not better. We’re hoping and praying to get him back to where he was. But the jury’s out.”
Tracy Morgan and the other passengers are suing Wal-Mart for its driver’s negligence. The driver, Kevin Roper, has also been charged with death by auto and 4 counts of assault by auto under New Jersey’s criminal code.
But according to Walmart, Morgan’s injuries were due to the fact that he was not wearing a seat belt in the back of the limo. If true, that could reduce the damages Walmart has to pay, despite the fact that the driver was traveling 20 m.p.h. above the speed limit in a construction zone.
Severe brain injuries like Tracy Morgan’s need to be identified quickly and treated proactively to prevent secondary injuries due to swelling and pressure in the brain. Even with anti-inflammatory treatment, traumatic brain injuries can develop over time. Rehabilitation can take months or even years.
That is why brain injury victims need to have the best team, both medically and legally. Here in Michigan, David Christensen and his team at Christensen Law in Southfield help the victims of auto accidents get the cost of their treatment and rehabilitation covered under the state’s no-fault laws. If you or someone you know has suffered from a brain injury in a car accident, contact Christensen Law today for a free consultation.