The tragic, untimely death of actress Natasha Richardson highlights the many facets of traumatic head injuries. Minor bumps to the head, as in this case initially cause no pain and the person feels fine. However, in this case, a seemingly slight injury turned serious rather quickly, and at that point, nothing could be done for her.
After Ms. Richardson fell while taking a lesson at Mont Tremblant ski resort, paramedics were called in by the ski patrol. They were turned away and never saw the patient due to the fact that Natasha was feeling fine, walking around and was in no pain. After an hour or so of resting in her hotel room, she started to get dizzy and have a headache and that’s when the hotel summoned an ambulance and she was transported to the nearby hospital.
Experts believe that Ms. Richardson suffered from “Talk and Die” syndrome. This is when a minor head injury initially seems o.k. and the patient is feeling fine, but during this time, bleeding is occurring between the skull and the brain. Rapidly, the pressure becomes too great and brain death occurs. This series of events can occur between one hour to several hours after a car or truck accident and other traumas to the head.
While this case does not warrant any investigation because the injury was caused during a sporting effort without apparent negligence, it is very important to have a California personal injury attorney who specializes in wrongful death on your side after any auto accident. They will make sure you get proper medical treatment and the settlement you deserve.
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