The death of a loved one is catastrophic, no matter what the circumstances. But if that death was caused by someone else – either intentionally or unintentionally – it can mean that the pain surrounding your loved one’s passing may just be getting started. If you feel their death was what is known as a “wrongful death,” you may want to take legal action. However, classifying a wrongful death can be difficult. Whether it be from a car accident, a medical error, or neglect, the hiring of an affordable attorney can help you navigate the process. Experienced Orlando wrongful death attorneys have the knowledge to help you understand the process and help take the first steps towards seeking justice.
The topic of traumatic brain injury has become part of our cultural conversation due to news reporting, feature films like Concussion, and television shows like Nurse Jackie. But many people still struggle to identify the symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can be different depending on the severity of the injury and age of the injured.
“Repetitive head trauma chokes the brain.”
So says Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist at the heart of of the film Concussion, played by Golden Globe-nominated actor Will Smith. Omalu’s journey to discovering CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, began in 2002 while performing an autopsy on former Pittsburgh Steeler football player Mike Webster, who died at the age of 50. Post-NFL retirement, Webster suffered from amnesia, dementia, depression, and other unexplained cognitive and emotional difficulties. In his study of Webster’s brain, Omalu found large amounts of tau protein, a substance associated with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
On June 7, 2014, comedian Tracy Morgan and a busload of friends were in a fatal car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, a crash which left passenger Jimmy McNair dead and Morgan in critical condition. Within hours of the accident, the driver whose truck overturned Morgan’s vehicle was charged with one count of vehicular homicide and three counts of injury by auto.
Comedian Tracy Morgan is back in the news, celebrating his newly regained mobility by walking himself down the aisle in his own wedding. After surviving a deadly 2014 car accident, Morgan endured months of rehabilitation for broken ribs, a broken leg, broken nose, and traumatic brain injury. Fellow comic Jimmy McNair wasn’t so lucky; he was killed in the crash, while several other passengers suffered life-changing injuries.