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19 DePaul J. Health Care L. 1 (2017)

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                Talk   and  Die  Syndrome - The Medical and Legal
                    Consequence of an Intracranial Hemorrhage


                By:     Samuel   D.  Hodge,   Jr.' and  Jack  E.  Hubbard2


       It was a brisk winter day as Natasha Richardson3 tested her skiing prowess on a mountain

near Montreal. While gliding down  the slope without a helmet, the actress fell on the soft snow

and did not appear to strike her head. She declined all offers of help and appeared fine.4 One

hour later, however, she developed a severe headache and was taken to a local hospital. Forty-

eight hours later, she died from an epidural hematoma.

       Much   attention has been devoted to traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions, post-

concussion syndrome  and  chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and their long term health

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consequence.  However,  there is a much more sinister and immediate head injury, an intracranial

hematoma   that can cause death within hours or days of the trauma that may go unnoticed until it

is too late to remediate. Dubbed by the press as Talk and Die Syndrome a seemingly minor

bump  on the head can have life-altering consequence. The victim initially appears fine and lucid.

In reality, an intracranial hemorrhage is at work and as the bleeding progresses; the person starts





1 Samuel D. Hodge, Jr. is a skilled litigator and professor at Temple University where he teaches both law and
anatomy. He has authored more than 150 articles in medical and legal journals and has written six medical/legal
texts. He also enjoys an AV preeminent rating and has been named a top lawyer in Pennsylvania on multiple
occasions.
2 Jack, E. Hubbard is a board-certified physician in both neurology and pain medicine. In addition to his medical
training, he holds a doctorate in anatomy. Dr. Hubbard has published widely on a number of topics in both medical
and legal publications.
3 Natasha Richardson was the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave and an actress who enjoyed broad success on both the
stage and in movies. At the time of her death, she was married to Liam Neeson. Natasha Richardson Biography.
IMDB.COM.  http: //NNwwn.imdb comnaie/nm0001670/bio (last visited September 24, 2016).
' DemseGrady & Anahad O'Connor, Richardson Died of 'Blunt Impact, 'Medical Examiner Says, THE NEW YORK
TIMEs, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/20/healthI/20braincnd.html (Mar. 19, 2009).
5id.
6 Do Concussions Have Long-Term Side Effects?, PIEDMONT.ORG, http://www.piedmont.org/living-better/do-
concussions-have-long-term-side-effects (last visited Sept. 24, 2016).


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