Five months after a tragic accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, it’s unclear whether comedian Tracy Morgan will ever be “the Tracy Morgan he once was,” his lawyer said Tuesday.

On June 7, Morgan’s limo bus was rear-ended by a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike. The crash killed comedy writer James McNair, but it seemed Morgan, even with a broken leg and broken ribs, had gotten away relatively unscathed.

“I’m okay,” he said in July after being released from a rehabilitation center. “I feel strong.”

Now, Morgan representatives are saying the former “Saturday Night Live” star may have a hard road ahead.

“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,” Benedict Morelli, Morgan’s attorney, told the Associated Press. “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.”

Morgan’s lawyers were in court Tuesday for a pretrial meeting with a judge to settle the schedule for Morgan’s negligence lawsuit against Wal-Mart. Morgan was not present.

“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.”

Meanwhile, Morgan’s attorneys are seeking punitive and compensatory damages for his injuries, which Wal-Mart claims were partly caused by the fact Morgan wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

Wal-Mart did not comment after the meeting.