Comedian Tracy Morgan interrupted a live show at a New York comedy club to give some love to the medical professionals at JFK Medical Center in New Jersey who helped him recover from a serious brain injury.
When Morgan noticed a large group of familiar faces in the audience at Caroline’s on Broadway in Manhattan NY, the 47-year-old entertainer exclaimed, “These people saved my life!” In characteristic Tracy Morgan fashion, he cracked a few jokes about changing bedpans and other hospital shenanigans before resuming his set. But at the end of the show, Morgan tearfully called the women and men to the stage and encouraged the audience to applaud. The claps turned to cheers and tears as Morgan hugged and chatted with the doctors and nurses.
Two years ago, a serious car crash in New Jersey killed one of Morgan’s friends and left the star comedian in a coma for two weeks.
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms from Car Accidents
“TBI,” which literally means Traumatic Brain Injury, is an umbrella term for a wide range of head injuries, from mild concussions to fatal blows to the head. These injuries are frequently misdiagnosed because some of the initial symptoms – partial loss of consciousness and nausea or vomiting – are confused with shock or dementia. Unfortunately, the most frequent TBI victims are young children and older adults, the two age groups most likely to suffer from shock or dementia.
Very soon, these initial symptoms give way to personality changes, insomnia, headaches, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Ultimately, if not aggressively treated, victims will develop dementia-like symptoms and perhaps even lose bodily functions.
The bad news is that TBIs are permanent because dead brain cells do not regenerate. The good news is that, following an aggressive course of medical intervention and physical rehabilitation, most victims can resume leading normal lives.
TBIs cause long-term financial and non-financial suffering. Victims must deal with lost wages, huge medical bills, extensive physical therapy, physical alterations of their living spaces, and other economic damages. There are also extensive noneconomic damages, including loss of consortium (companionship), pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment in life. All of these injuries are potentially compensable in a personal injury lawsuit.
A TBI often has lifelong repercussions. If you or a loved one has suffered a head injury in a car accident, you should talk to the qualified personal injury lawyers at Proner & Proner. For a free consultation with experienced Manhattan personal injury attorneys, contact our New York office today. A member of our legal team can arrange for victims to receive ongoing medical care, even if they have no money and no insurance.