The Morgan Case
Tracy Morgan has become one of the most prominent comedians to enter onto the stage over the last fifteen years. His various Saturday Night Live characters put him on the map, and his role on NBC’s 30 Rock built up his career even further. After starring in several movies, it appeared that the sky was the limit for the young and talented comedian.
But that all changed earlier this year for Morgan. On June 7th Morgan’s limo bus was rear-ended by a Walmart tractor trailer. The resulting collision killed a passenger and injured Morgan. Morgan broke a leg and several ribs but appeared to be on the mend.
However, the full effects of the crash were not immediately noticed. Morgan insisted he was fine after finishing rehab in July. However, the effects of a severe brain injury have led his representatives to state that the actor may never be the same.
Of course, this was a combination of several factors. For starters, Morgan allegedly should have had fastened a seat belt and did not. But those disputed facts in no way exonerates the likely reckless driving of the Walmart, truck driver.
Morgan is suing the corporation in a negligence suit. The Morgan camp believes that the driver fell asleep and even the New Jersey criminal case states that the truck driver was up for at least 24 hours before the collision. The driver, Kevin Roper, pled not guilty to death by auto and assault by auto charges federal transportation safety investigators.
It has become evident that many of Morgan’s actions did not take place as early as should have been. Whether it was due to the debilitating type of injury he sustained or underestimating the true scope of the damage is unknown. In July he said that he was fine when leaving rehab. Like many accident victims, he may have believed that his injuries were limited to the tangible– the broken leg and ribs and less on the mental side. The resulting brain damage can affect him and other severe accident victims for life.
When faced with a similar situation, it is important to have a skilled team of attorneys to properly work with your medical professionals to determine how to proceed. Trying to handle the case by yourself can result in an early settlement or none at all. Keeping care of mental health, especially during such a complicated and rapid-moving time is vital. Don’t let the wild party, their insurance company, or their lawyers tell you otherwise. Click here to learn more.