Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan said that he contemplated suicide during his long recovery from a serious brain injury.
Mr. Morgan said his “dark place” was in a hospital room, shortly after he woke up from an eight-day coma and could not walk. In addition to his physical injury, he had to deal with lingering guilt over the crash that killed one of his colleagues and seriously injured several other people. “I asked everybody [in the car] to be there that night. I have to live with that,” he reminisced. During his long recovery, Mr. Morgan turned to his family and his job for strength. “I still have [stuff] to do,” he realized.
Mr. Morgan ends his current stand-up tour, which included a stint as a Saturday Night Live guest host, on May 28 in Westhampton Beach.
Each year, over 1.3 million Americans are rushed to the emergency room with a traumatic brain injury. Many of these victims are children under 14 and adults over 65, which helps explain why these injuries are so difficult to diagnose. Many times, the initial symptoms are dismissed as early onset dementia or shock from the incident. Some common TBI causes include:
- Vehicle Collisions: In a car crash, loose objects, like cellphones and tablets, become high-speed projectiles.
- Pedestrian Knockdowns: A person’s head and neck are completely exposed to danger in these instances.
- Falls: When small children hit their heads on table corners, a bloody gash may be the least of the injuries.
- Loud Noises: Some doctors call brain injuries the “signature injury” of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, because explosive blasts create shock waves that disrupt brain activity.
Very often, the headaches, flashbacks, difficulty concentrating, and other TBI symptoms are permanent, because dead brain cells do not regenerate. However, after extensive physical therapy, neighboring cranial areas will learn to mimic the lost functions.
Damages in a TBI case normally include compensation for both economic losses, like physical rehabilitation expenses, and noneconomic losses, like loss of enjoyment in life. Punitive damages are also available, in some cases.
TBIs seriously injure thousands of people every day. For a free consultation with attorneys who fight for victims, contact Proner & Proner. Our main office is conveniently located near Grand Central Terminal.