Many people are familiar with the catastrophic trucking accident that left comedian Tracy Morgan severely injured and in a coma. Five months later, Tracy is still fighting to recover. According to a recent Associated Press news report, the former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” star suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the June 7 crash, along with a broken leg, nose and ribs. Several other passengers in the car were injured, and one was killed. Truck accidents are a serious and life threatening reality of our roadways, no matter where you live.
Brain trauma can occur as a result of an impact to the head or sudden acceleration/deceleration within the cranium. In addition to the damage caused at the moment of injury, brain trauma causes secondary injuries. Indeed, TBI can cause a host of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral effects, and a person’s recovery can range from complete recovery to permanent disability or death. In Tracy Morgan’s case, his attorney shared that it is not certain if the comedian would ever be his former self again because of his severe brain injury.
Morgan has filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart, who owned the truck that caused the tragic accident. Morgan is seeking compensatory damages for his hospital bills, rehab, lost wages, etc… and punitive damages. Wal-Mart is arguing that the accident victims suffered serious injuries because they were not wearing seatbelts.
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident in the San Fernando Valley and the accident was the result of the other driver’s negligence, you may also be able to recover for the damages and losses you have suffered. It is a fact that living with a brain injury can be physically, emotionally and financially challenging, not just for the victim, but also his or her family members. Brain injury victims often require 24/7 nursing care due to their physical and mental disabilities. Often, life is never the same for the victims or their families. Do not let another driver’s negligence or carelessness drive you or your family into debt. Talk to an experienced personal injury attorney about your legal rights and potential to recover financial compensation.
For more information on filing a lawsuit to recover financial compensation after being injured in a car accident, contact San Fernando Valley auto accident attorney Barry P. Goldberg today.