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The recent death of Natasha Richardson is a tragedy. To basically be skiing on the bunny hill and never come home is senseless. Hopefully, the incident will make people aware of the dangers of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and how fragile life can be.

Over time, I have represent a number of clients with TBI injuries. These are tragic injuries that still require a lot more study. As I covered in a previously discussed in a blog about sports injuries, we need to make sure that our children are well protected against these types of injuries.

The other issue that is important to keep in mind following Richardson’s death, is that it didn’t happen immediately. She struck her head and got up like nothing was wrong. It’s not unusual at all that people who fall are embarrassed and feel dumb for haven fallen. What doctors having found is that with this type of injury the brain will start to swell and bleed. There isn’t enough room inside the skull. The resulting damage to brain tissue will be irreversible and can mean death.

Sympathy goes out to Richardson’s family and friends. She will be missed for the roles she played. Hopefully, many people will learn from it.

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