As has been reported and discussed at length, the Tony Award-winning actress, Natasha Richardson, 45, died recently from head injuries in what originally seemed like just a small fall during a skiing lesson on Monday in the Laurentian hills. According to one account, after complaining of a headache once she returned to her hotel, Ms. Richardson was flown from Montreal Tuesday night to an Upper East Side hospital.
A spokeswoman for the Mont Tremblant ski resort, Lyne Lortie, said that Ms. Richardson was not wearing a helmet during her beginner skiing lesson.
“It was a normal fall; she didn’t hit anyone or anything,” Lortie said. “She didn’t show any signs of injury; she was talking and she seemed all right.”
Ms. Richardson’s death was announced Wednesday night by Alan Nierob, a spokesman for the actress’s husband, Liam Neeson.
“Liam Neeson, his sons, and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha,” a statement said. “They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time.”
The statement did not disclose the definite cause of death or mention Ms. Richardson’s specific medical condition.
However, there is a lesson contained in this tragic loss that can be learned by everyone. Never take for granted the potential risk from seemingly minor head trauma. Wrongful death accident lawyers in Arizona and throughout the nation help those that have suffered serious brain injury fight this misconception every day.
A traumatic brain injury is a serious condition that posses life-altering changes and in the most extreme cases, claims the life of someone well before his or her time. As in the case of Ms. Richardson, unfortunately trauma from a head injury does not need to be seen immediately after an accident for there to be damage done to the brain. Many Arizona personal injury jury trials revolve around questions of head injury when there was only a slight initial trauma. The best neurologists are often needed to prove that serious and even fatal head injuries can occur without what appears to be a major accident at the outset.
A head injury can result from the negligence of someone other than the injured victim, and in those cases, the negligent party can be liable for physical damages suffered and financial strains due to medical expenses. In some cases, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by the family of the decedent whose cause of death involved a traumatic brain injury due to negligence.
If you or a loved one has suffered traumatic brain injury due to an auto accident, an on-the-job injury, a construction accident injury, or a leisure activity, you need the knowledge and legal counsel of a skilled Arizona personal injury attorney. At The Breyer Law Offices P.C., we understand that every case involving traumatic brain injury is different and are here to answer any questions you may have.
Timing is extremely important in traumatic brain injuries since certain measures must be taken to prove the nature and extent of your injuries and to preserve any evidence necessary for your case. The experienced Phoenix traumatic brain injury attorneys at Breyer Law Offices, P.C., can help you file your lawsuit before the stature of limitations expires and help put together a team of medical and other expert witnesses who can explain the risks associated with head trauma so an insurance company or negligent defendant cannot avoid legal liability for a serious head injury or after an accident.