Montana viewers of the CBS TV show “The Good Wife” may already have heard that actress Kristin Chenoweth, who plays the part of a political reporter on the show, sustained a serious head injury last month while working on the set. This month Ms. Chenoweth released a statement to the press, stating that due to her injuries she is leaving the show.
The extent of Ms. Chenoweth’s injuries is not clear from news reports. A traumatic brain injury can have long-term effects and some symptoms may not appear until later. Fortunately, Ms. Chenoweth received medical attention right away and it appears she is on the mend.
The accident happened when a gust of wind caused a piece of lighting equipment to hit Ms. Chenoweth in the head. She was immediately taken to the hospital and discharged the following day. In her statement Ms. Chenoweth said she is recovering slowly from the injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries are often the result of accidents caused by another person’s negligence. In those cases the injured person has the right to bring a civil lawsuit and recover damages from the responsible parties or their insurance company.
Many people who suffer traumatic brain injuries require lifelong rehabilitation and therapy. In the most devastating cases, they may be unable to carry out the most basic life activities on their own and require round-the-clock care. The costs of this can devastate a family. In cases like these, if a lawsuit is pursued, it is critical to present detailed figures supporting the damages claim to the insurance company and the court. Testimony by expert medical and economic witnesses can make sure the victim gets the compensation to which he or she is entitled.
Source: Los Angeles Times, “Kristin Chenoweth leaves ‘The Good Wife’ after head injury,” Greg Braxton, Aug. 13, 2012