What the Tracy Morgan Crash Teaches Us about Permanent Loss


We're still talking about the motor vehicle accident involving Tracy Morgan, which happened roughly one year ago. In a direct way, the recurrent press - which often focuses on Morgan's brain injury - mirrors the fact that serious wrecks often cause long-lasting physical and emotional damage.

Tia Ghose, writing for Live Science on Tuesday, reported that Morgan made his first public appearance this week in an interview on NBC's Today Show, in which Morgan spoke of his friend, the comedian Jimmy Mack, who died in the wreck: "The pain is always going to be there for Jimmy Mack," Morgan said. "Bones heal, but the loss of my friend will never heal."

To be honest, the permanent nature of the Morgan wreck is one of the great difficulties of wrongful death cases, and those cases involving serious injury, because the victims have suffered something that cannot be reversed. Nothing can replace Morgan's friend - the pain will never completely heal, as Morgan said - and even Morgan's "bones," though he says they will heal, may never get back to where they were before the wreck.

As Ghose reports, Morgan appears to be suffering from PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, which could be the result of his traumatic brain injury.

To make a long and difficult story short, we as personal injury lawyers can "make up" for what happened by maximizing financial compensation for injured victims and families of loved ones killed, but what we do only goes so far. We cannot go back in time and stop the wreck from happening in the first place. And only by holding people or companies accountable for negligent behavior can we hope to reduce similar accidents or crashes from happening to others.


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