British actress, Natasha Richardson, who is the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave, the wife of actor Liam Neeson, and the sister of actress Joely Richardson has died of an apparent head injury following a ski fall on a beginner’s slope in Quebec.

Ms. Richardson was not wearing a helmet, and she seemed fine immediately after the fall. The 45-year-old beginner skier said that she didn’t feel well about an hour after the fall and complained of a headache.

She was hospitalized in Montreal and died there Wednesday evening.

Traumatic brain injuries often show no early symptoms, and for that very reason, many people who hit their head or fall or receive a blow to the head often do not seek medical attention right away or ever. A head injury can never be taken lightly, and no one can assume that just because you are able to walk and talk after hitting your head that you are fine.

Just as Christopher Reeve’s equestrian accident brought attention to spinal cord injuries, so too may Ms. Richardson’s head injury while skiing bring attention to the much-misunderstood topic of traumatic brain injury.

If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a tragic accident, please contact Columbus, Ohio personal injury attorney, Robert W. Kerpsack, Co. LPA today to schedule a confidential consultation.