Is it okay to say, “It took Mohan six months to recover from his fatal accident”?
No, it isn’t. The word `fatal’ usually has a negative connotation. An accident or an illness that is described as `fatal’, usually results in the death of an individual. As you probably know, it is difficult for a person to recover from death!
Examples: The ailing chief minister suffered a fatal heart attack around midnight. * Several policemen were fatally wounded during the encounter with the militants.
The word `fatal’ can also be used to mean `undesirable’ or `causing disaster’.
Examples: The captain made the fatal mistake of asking Agarkar to bowl the final over. * Sahu’s injury proved fatal to our plans of winning the trophy.