After the sudden death of actress Natasha Richardson this month from a ski accident brain injury, the Baltimore Sun explores when brain injuries can be fatal and how brain injury accident victims can protect themselves from the worst case scenario.
Although Richardson’s brain injury was considered mild, doctors in Maryland say that all brain injuries could be taken seriously, and that any brain trauma that leads to persistent pain should be immediately examined by doctors.
“There is no such thing as a mild head injury. It’s a misnomer,” said Vani Rao, director of the Brain Injury Program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and a neuropsychiatrist. “Go to the emergency room immediately and get a complete evaluation.”