West Virginia readers may be aware of actor Tracy Morgan's serious motor vehicle accident that occurred just over a year ago, leaving him with many medical and mental complications. He suffered from physical injuries and suffered a brain injury that left him with headaches and memory issues. Brain injury experts say that it could take up to three years to reach a full recovery.
Mr. Morgan says that while he is better, he still has days that are difficult. He complains of nosebleeds, memory loss and must walk with a cane. As with many patients who suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI), he may have continued memory issues for years and may be unable to determine when certain statements are inappropriate. The Center for Disease Control estimate that as many as 275, 000 people suffer from TBIs every year.
Many of the people with serious brain trauma suffer these injuries in car accidents. Even a simple concussion can cause a victim lingering problems and pain. As Tracy Morgan's injuries and recovery illustrate, a victim may need years of rehabilitation, therapy and assistance after a serious motor vehicle crash.
When a West Virginia individual suffers a brain injury in a car accident caused by another party, it is important to seek both medical attention and legal assistance. Every victim has the right to pursue a full recovery, even if a head trauma does not initially seem serious at the time of the accident. After a car accident, it is generally beneficial to seek the assistance of a lawyer who is experienced in the complexities of personal injury cases.
Source: nbcnews.com, "Tracy Morgan's Brain Injury: Recovery Can Take Years, Experts Say", Linda Carroll, June 2, 2015