When is the right time to turn off life support? It’s not a topic many families care to talk about but it occurs in hospitals almost on a daily basis.
This week highlighted this fact when actress Natasha Richardson had a minor head injury while skiing that rapidly deteriorated her health to the point of brain death. I’m sure she didn’t wake up and think that “I may have an accident and get killed today”, but that’s unfortunately what happened to this young mother of two.
Brain death and vegetative state are two very different situations that a family may find themselves wondering about after a sudden tragedy of a loved one in an injury accident. Everyone tries to figure out “what the person might want” but in actuality, the person in question does not have a say in the matter unless they have prepared a living trust and a medical directive from a good attorney.
For the sake of your family and loved ones, prepare in advance your wishes in case you are in a personal injury accident. Otherwise doctors, experts and family members may be fighting over what happens to you for years. You may not be able to talk but if you hired a good lawyer, your documents will speak for themselves and follow your wishes.