Birmingham, AL- Just a few days after being struck by a car and suffering a traumatic brain injury, actor Ben Woolf, a regular on “American Horror Story,” has died.
Woolf, who played Meep in the latest season of “American Horror Story,” seemed to be recovering from his head injury, but on Monday his health took a turn for the worst. Publicist Zack Temperman said Woolf died Monday afternoon at Cedars-Sinai Hospital with his family at his side, CBS reported.
The 4 foot 4 inch actor, was hit in the head by the rear-view mirror of a passing motorist as he was walking along a Los Angeles street. Woolf, 34, was taken to the hospital where he was listed in critical condition.
CBS reported that the driver, who struck Woolf, remained on the scene but has not been charged for the accident.
His family released the following statement via The Wrap on Monday: “We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from all over the world for our beloved Ben. He touched so many hearts in his 34 years. His memory will live on within each of us and within his work.”
Woolf became a regular on “American Horror Story” in 2011. He suffered from a condition known as pituitary dwarfism.
Woolf’s death is a stark reminder of how devastating a head injury can be. According to the Centers for Disease Control:
- 50,000 people in the U.S. die from brain injuries each year.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries accounted for 200,000 hospitalizations and 2.2 million emergency room visits in 2010.
- Men are three times more likely to die from a brain injury.
- TBIs are the leading cause of disability and accidental deaths among teens.
Concussions are the most common form of brain injuries that Alabama accident victims suffer, and are typically minor, causing the sufferer mild discomfort. But a serious brain injury can cause the victim to suffer in the long-term, and often for the rest of their lives. According to the CDC, a traumatic brain injury causes impaired thinking and movement, memory loss, personality changes and depression. Sadly, many brain injuries can leave a person permanently disabled and unable to take care of their basic needs.
If you have suffered a brain injury as a result of a traffic accident, you need someone on your side who understands how your injury will impact your life. Many accident victims don’t anticipate all the costs they are facing as result of their injuries and, as a consequence, allow themselves to be shortchanged when they settle with the party or parties responsible for their accident. When you have an Alabama accident attorney working on your case, you can peace of mind knowing someone understands the true costs you are facing and are willing to tirelessly fight for your rights.
Before you take a settlement of talk to an insurer, meet with one of our accident attorneys serving Birmingham to get the answers you need about your accident.