Head injury on set leaves actress unable to work

Posted on August 23, 2012 by

On behalf of The Law Office of Marvin S. Lanter posted in Brain Injury on Thursday, August 23, 2012.

No job is entirely safe. Whether a Los Angeles resident is a construction worker, a typist or a delivery driver, it is always possible to suffer an injury at work. Some injuries can be minor and easily treated. Others, however, may be much more serious. A head injury can lead to years of therapy and crippling medical expenses — particularly where the brain is affected. A brain injury victim may often be rendered unable to work, leaving the injured person struggling to manage mounting debt.

Even famous actresses are not safe from work injuries. Kristin Chenoweth of ABC’s “The Good Wife” recently announced she was leaving the show after suffering a head injury on set in New York. A piece of lighting equipment struck Chenoweth after a strong gust of wind blew it out of place. While the extent of her injuries is unclear, they were obviously serious enough to force her resignation. The most serious danger of blows to the head is that they may cause injuries to the brain.

Traumatic brain injuries can cause lifelong disabilities. However, the victim of a brain injury may be entitled to damages based on a number of legal theories. Under the negligence theory of liability an attorney will attempt to show that someone owed the victim a duty, that the duty was breached and that, as a cause of that breach, the victim suffered damages. Often, where the injury occurs at work, the employer can be liable because employers have the duty to maintain the workplace in a safe condition.

Injuries to the head can cause lasting brain damage. It is important for victims and their families to know that if brain damage is suffered, there may be help available.

Source: Los Angeles Times, “Kristin Chenoweth leaves ‘The Good Wife’ after head injury,” Greg Braxton, Aug. 13, 2012

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