Lawyer: Tracy Morgan battling severe brain injury

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: Actor Tracy Morgan visits 106 & Park at BET studio on April 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images)
This Friday, April 21, 2013 image released by South Beach Comedy Festival shows comedian Tracy Morgan performing during the 8th Annual South Beach Comedy Festival in Miami Beach, Fla. The comedy festival runs through April 21. (AP Photo/South Beach Comedy Festival 2013, Mitchell Zachs)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: James McNair at A Toast To Young Hollywood at Sofitel Hotel on June 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Prince Williams/Getty Images)
PEEKSKILL, NY - JUNE 12: A general view at James McNair's funeral service at Paramount Theater on June 12, 2014 in Peekskill, New York. McNair was killed on the New Jersey turnpike in an multi-vehicle accident that seriously injured fellow comedian Tracy Morgan on June 7, 2014. (Photo by Kenneth Gabrielsen/Getty Images)
PEEKSKILL, NY - JUNE 12: A general view at James McNair's funeral service at Paramount Theater on June 12, 2014 in Peekskill, New York. McNair was killed on the New Jersey turnpike in an multi-vehicle accident that seriously injured fellow comedian Tracy Morgan on June 7, 2014. (Photo by Kenneth Gabrielsen/Getty Images)
Jamel, right, and Danita McNair, the children of James McNair, are interviewed in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. The family of McNair, a comedian killed in the crash that seriously injured Tracy Morgan last summer, has settled a wrongful death claim with Wal-Mart, an attorney representing the family said. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Ricki Brazil, Floyd Mayweather Jr., J'Leon Love and James McNair at A Toast To Young Hollywood at Sofitel Hotel on June 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Prince Williams/Getty Images)
PEEKSKILL, NY - JUNE 12: Jamel McNair, son of James McNair, is seen at his father's funeral service at Paramount Theater on June 12, 2014 in Peekskill, New York. McNair was killed on the New Jersey turnpike in an multi-vehicle accident that seriously injured fellow comedian Tracy Morgan on June 7, 2014. (Photo by Kenneth Gabrielsen/Getty Images)
Traffic moves pass the scene of a serious accident at milepost 71 on the northbound lanes of New Jersey Turnpike on Saturday, June 7, 2014 near Cranbury, N.J. Comedian Tracy Morgan is in critical condition following an early morning accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. The comedian was injured in a crash involving six vehicles that left at least one person dead and several others, including Morgan, with serious injuries. (AP Photo/David Gard)
Traffic moves pass the scene of a serious accident at milepost 71 on the northbound lanes of New Jersey Turnpike on Saturday, June 7, 2014 near Cranbury, N.J. Comedian Tracy Morgan is in critical condition following an early morning accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. The comedian was injured in a crash involving six vehicles that left at least one person dead and several others, including Morgan, with serious injuries. (AP Photo/David Gard)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actor/comedian Tracy Morgan visits Covino and Rich at SiriusXM Studios on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
This photo provided by the New Jersey State Police shows Kevin Roper. Roper, a Wal-Mart truck driver from Georgia, was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto in the wake of a deadly chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday, June 7, 2014, that left actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and two others critically injured and another man dead. (AP Photo/New Jersey State Police)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Tracy Morgan speaks onstage at Spike TV's 'Don Rickles: One Night Only' on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Spike TV)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Tracy Morgan and Meghan Wollover attend the Spike TV's 'Don Rickles: One Night Only' on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Spike TV)
Alec Baldwin, right, and Tracy Morgan joke around backstage after "30 Rock" won the award for outstanding comedy series at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Billy Baldwin is at rear right. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 10: Jack McBrayer, Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski and Alec Baldwin visit 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on January 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight, (12:00 - 1:06 a.m., ET), following 'Nightline,' packed with hilarious comedy bits and features a diverse lineup of guests including celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. The guests for TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30 included Howard Stern ('The Howard Stern Show'), actor Tracy Morgan ('30 Rock') and musical guest Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. (Photo by Jeff Neira/ABC via Getty Images) HOWARD STERN, JIMMY KIMMEL, TRACY MORGAN
30 ROCK -- 'Governor Dunston' Episode 702 -- Pictured: Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan -- (Photo by: Ali Goldstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
30 ROCK -- 'The Beginning of the End' Episode 701 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jack McBrayer as Kenneth Parcell, Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan -- (Photo by: Ali Goldstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
30 ROCK -- 'The Tuxedo Begins' Episode 608 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tina Fey as Liz Lemon, Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan (Photo by Ali Goldstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 20 -- Aired 05/10/2003 -- Pictured: (l-r) Dan Aykroyd as chief science officer, Tracy Morgan as Astronaut Jones during 'Astronaut Jones' skit (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 7 -- Air Date 12/06/2003 -- Pictured: Tracy Morgan as Brian Fellows during the 'Brian Fellow's Safari Planet' skit on December 6, 2008 (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Tracy Morgan' Episode 1549 -- Airdate 03/14/2009 -- Pictured: Tracy Morgan (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Tracy Morgan' Episode 1549 -- Airdate 03/14/2009 -- Pictured: Tracy Mogran (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Tracy Morgan' Episode 1549 -- Airdate 03/14/2009 -- Pictured: Tracy Morgan (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 11 -- Aired 02/08/2003 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan as Joe Jackson, Jimmy Fallon during 'Weekend Update' (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 17 -- Air Date 04/13/2002 -- Pictured: (l-r) Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan as themselves during 'A Message from Saturday Night Live' on April 13, 2002 (Photo by Norman Ng/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 16 -- Air Date 04/06/2002 -- Pictured: (l-r) Cameron Diaz as Renada, Maya Rudolph as Jennifer, Tracy Morgan as Keith, during the 'MTV Spring Break' skit on April 6, 2002 (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 6 -- Air Date 11/17/2001 -- Pictured: Tracy Morgan during the 'War Party' skit on Novmeber 17,2001 (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 10 -- Aired 01/20/2001 -- Pictured: (l-r) Janet Reno, Tracy Morgan, Darrell Hammond onstage (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 9 -- Aired 01/13/2001 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tracy Morgan as Eric Dickerson, Will Ferrell as Dan Fouts during 'Eric Dickerson's NFL Pre-game Show' skit (Photo by Norman Ng/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 16 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chris Kattan as T'Ai Shay, Tracy Morgan as Devon during 'Jenny Jones' skit on April 8, 2000 -- (Photo by: Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 6 -- Pictured: (l-r) Colin Quinn, Tracy Morgan during the 'Weekend Update' skit on November 20, 1999 -- Photo by: Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tracy Morgan as Walt Dupree, Will Ferrell as Tom Bergeron, Cameron Diaz as Danika Sharpe during 'The New Hollywood Squares' skit on September 26, 1998 -- (Photo by: Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 20 -- Pictured: (l-r) Colin Quinn as employee, Molly Shannon as employee, Ana Gasteyer as Janet Blaum, Tracy Morgan as employee during the 'Rant' skit on May 17, 1997 -- Photo by: Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1 -- Air Date 09/28/1996 -- Pictured: Tracy Morgan as William 'The Refrigerator' Perry during the 'Hey, Remember The 80's' skit on September 28, 1996 -- Photo by: Mary Ellen Matthews/NBCU Photo Bank
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Tracy Morgan is fighting to recover from a severe brain injury suffered in a highway crash more than five months ago, and it's uncertain if he will be "the Tracy Morgan he once was," his lawyer said Tuesday.

Benedict Morelli said the former "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" star suffered a traumatic brain injury in the June 7 crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, in addition to a broken leg, nose and ribs.

"He's fighting to get better, and if there's a chance for him to be back to the Tracy Morgan he once was, he's going to try to do that," Morelli said. "But we just don't know because of the severity of the injuries that he sustained and the fact that he had such a severe brain injury."

Lawyers were in court in New Jersey for a scheduling conference in Morgan's lawsuit against Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc., whose truck was involved in the crash. Morgan wasn't at Tuesday's proceeding, during which lawyers met with the judge to settle on a schedule.

A Wal-Mart truck slammed into a limo van that was carrying Morgan and several friends on their way back from a show in Delaware. One person was killed, and three others were injured, two seriously. Morgan spent several weeks in a hospital and in rehab.

Morelli didn't discuss specific aspects of Morgan's condition but said he hasn't fully recovered.

"When you have a traumatic brain injury it takes a very long time to find out how you're going to do and how much you're going to recover," Morelli said. "You just don't know. So that's where he is. He's still fighting and trying to live his life at the same time and trying to get better, and he's just not better. We're hoping and praying to get him back to where he was. But the jury's out."

A comedy series Morgan was to have begun filming in August for FX Network was put on hold after the accident.

Morgan sued for punitive and compensatory damages. In a response to the lawsuit filed in late September, Wal-Mart contended the victims' injuries were partly due to the fact that they weren't wearing seatbelts.

Attorneys representing Wal-Mart didn't comment after Tuesday's proceeding.

Georgia truck driver Kevin Roper, who is not named in Morgan's lawsuit, was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto in state court. Last Friday, he filed to have Morgan's lawsuit delayed while that case proceeds. That matter is scheduled to be ruled on next month.

A preliminary investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board released in June said Roper was driving 65 mph in the minute before he slammed into the back of the van. The speed limit on that stretch of the New Jersey Turnpike is 55 mph but was lowered to 45 mph that night because of construction.

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