Funnyman Tracy Morgan Still Recovering From The Crash That Left Him With A Traumatic Brain Injury
Tracy Morgan is still recovering nearly four months later from an accident that left him in critical condition with multiple injuries. He was released from the rehabilitation center, that helped treat the traumatic brain injury he sustained as well as other conditions he was recovering from.
The Crash & His Injuries
The crash that injured Tracy Morgan occurred when a tractor trailer rear-ended the limo he was riding in causing it to overturn. Of the seven passengers in the limo, there was on fatality, four of them were in critical condition including Tracy Morgan, and two others were treated and released with minor injuries.
Tracy Morgan was in critical condition after the accident and sustained multiple broken bones, including his femur, nose and several ribs. According to Tracy’s lawyer Benedict Morelli, Tracy suffered a debilitating brain injury in the crash, and is in a rehabilitation program to help repair his speech, cognitive ability, vocational skills, and physical health in an attempt to get back to his normal life.
What Is A Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury (tbi) happens when there is a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a penetrating head injury that causes disruption from the normal function of the brain. There is an estimated 1.7 million tbi’s sustained a year in the US. When it comes to a brain injury there are three different levels of severity.
TBI’s Three Levels of Severity
- Mild – The symptoms may include confusion, attention or memory difficulties, headaches, and some behavioral problems.
- Moderate – Symptoms include brain swelling and/or bleeding causing sleepiness but still able to keep eyes open.
- Severe – In a severe brain injury the main symptom usually involves coma, and the eyes will not be able to stay open even with the help of stimulation.
Legal Battle With Retail Giant Walmart
The road to recovery won’t be the only thing that will take time and patience. Tracy Morgan is suing Walmart for responsibility of the accident. He alleges that Walmart knew or should have known, that the driver of the truck had been awake for over 24 hours before he fell asleep at the wheel. Currently, the driver has been charged vehicular homicide and assault by auto.
Walmart has released a statement stating that they are not responsible for the death of James McNair or the injuries sustained from the accident involving a limo bus and a Walmart tractor trailer. Walmart alleges that the injuries “were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs’ failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device.” Wearing a seatbelt is required by law in the State of New Jersey. They did say they are working privately to reach a settlement.
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