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Two years ago, Natasha Richardson fell on a beginner slope. It was described as a "normal fall." She got up and walked away, complaining only of a bad headache and insisting she didn't need medical attention. In a few short hours she slipped into a coma and died.

Ms. Richardson’s death draws attention to what every person needs to know when they bump their head – a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is not easy to detect immediately. The pain is not immediate and is not recognizable as many injuries; TBIs can take days, even weeks to detect.

Just in time for ski and snowboarding season, Dr. Chris Magovern, cardiothoracic surgeon at Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, NJ, offers some helpful advice on how to avoid head trauma on the slopes and recognize head injuries. I encourage you to watch and I hope it will convince you that helmets can save lives and reduce TBIs. If you are a sports enthusiasts heading to the slopes, remember to always include a helmet as part of your ski wear.

Mark Bello has thirty-five years experience as a trial lawyer and thirteen years as an underwriter and situational analyst in the lawsuit funding industry. He is the owner and founder of Lawsuit Financial Corporation which helps provide legal finance cash flow solutions and consulting when necessities of life litigation funding is needed by a plaintiff involved in pending, personal injury, litigation. Bello is a Justice Pac member of the American Association for Justice, Sustaining and Justice Pac member of the Michigan Association for Justice, Business Associate of the Florida, Mississippi, Connecticut, Texas, and Tennessee Associations for Justice, and Consumers Attorneys of California, member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the Injury Board.

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