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Comedian back at work after severe brain injury

Fans of the actor and comedian Larry Miller in New Haven may not have realized that he suffered a severe traumatic brain injury nine months ago. The accident was serious enough that Miller spent six weeks in a coma and spent months recovering. Though his spokesman described his rehabilitation as a "slow process," Miller has returned to work hosting his podcast and is expected to fully recover.

Miller was injured the evening of April 4 when he slipped and fell on the sidewalk outside a bar. He was rushed to the hospital and went into a coma that lasted two weeks. At that point, doctors put Miller in a medically induced coma for four more weeks to allow his brain to heal. He was reportedly on life support during this time and "was hovering between life and death," in the words of his spokesman.

Fortunately, Miller survived, though he had problems with brain connectivity and cognitive functions. His spokesman said that Miller's rehabilitation was slow but has progressed to the point that he was scheduled to record a new episode of his podcast, "This Week With Larry Miller," to be available for download on Jan. 9.

While Miller's cognition has seemingly improved, there could be lingering effects of his TBI. Brain injuries can have long-lasting consequences that can affect sufferers' ability to work. When a debilitating brain injury leaves a person disabled due to another's negligence, the negligent party could be found responsible for the injured person's medical and other costs.

Source: ABC News, "Comedian Larry Miller Recovers From Brain Injury," Lawrence Dechant, Jan. 8, 2013

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