By now, we have all heard the tragic story of Bob Saget somehow hitting his head before lying down in a hotel room and dying from a traumatic brain injury. In February, the Full House star’s family filed a lawsuit in Florida to block the sheriff and medical examiner from releasing records, including photographs, related to the cherished comedian’s death.
If you or a loved one have been in an accident where a brain injury occurs, it is not only beneficial but essential in some cases, to contact the experienced Philadelphia brain injury attorneys at the Dan Doyle Law Group.
In January, Bob Saget came to be known as “America’s Dad” for his role on Full House and delivering dad jokes as the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos. A longtime stand-up comedian, he was traveling on his “I Don’t Do Negative Comedy Tour.” He had just performed at Orlando’s Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.
Saget was found unresponsive in a Ritz-Carlton hotel room in Orlando. After an investigation, it was reported that at some point he fell or hit his head on something, resulting in severe brain trauma. Where and how he struck his head is still unknown. After the accident, he lay down and died in his sleep. He was 65.
Saget’s wife, Kelly Rizzo, and three adult daughters filed the complaint to halt Florida’s Orange County Sheriff’s office and a medical examiner from releasing any records associated with the comedian’s death investigation. Both were integral in the investigation.
The complaint states all autopsy records, including photos, videos, and audio that “graphically depict Mr. Saget, his likeness or features or parts of him,” should not be available to the public because there is “no legitimate public interest” in any of these records. His family believes media outlets have “filed or plan to file public records requests.”
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), brain injuries often appear minor—knocks on the head or ordinary falls. These occurrences can result in headaches or bumps and bruises but can have catastrophic circumstances.
This multiplies if the person is alone after the incident, without anyone monitoring symptoms. Because head injuries do not appear serious, they are often dismissed, but these injuries can be hidden threats, progressively worsening, leading to severe outcomes.
In 2019, complications associated with traumatic brain injuries accounted for more than 61,000 deaths. Almost half of the hospitalized head traumas came from ordinary falls.
Usually, a victim of serious head trauma will have obvious symptoms, including:
If these symptoms are caught early, victims of head injury can normally be treated and saved with hospitalization and routine surgery.
Severe brain injuries can potentially change lives and cause lifelong complications. It should be your job to heal so you can leave the struggles with insurance companies to us. Trust the Philadelphia brain injury attorneys at Dan Doyle Law Group to fight for you.