Michigan Brain Injury Statistics
Traumatic Brain Injury is caused by an external physical force such as shaking, striking against an object, a fall, or a collision with speed and force according to The Center on Brain Injury Research and Training. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) annually. Additionally, about 75% of TBIs that occur each year are from concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury. The CDC also reports that automobile accidents are the leading cause of TBI-related deaths with the rates being highest for individuals aged 20-24 years old.
Michigan Auto Accident Brain Injury Myths
Even with the high number of TBI injuries that occur each year, there are still numerous myths and misunderstandings about these serious injuries:
- Tests Will Detect Traumatic Brain Injury. There is no one single test that can detect traumatic brain injury. Although medical tests such as MRI and CT scans can be helpful, neither can confirm damage or injury to axons and neurons in the brain.
- You Must Hit Your Head. It is not necessary for your head to hit against an external object in order to receive a brain injury. In a severe car crash, for example, the force of the collision may cause your brain to become injured from moving within the skull.
- All People with TBI Recover. In some instances, TBI is a permanent and disabling injury which affects a person’s ability to maintain employment and/or family relationships. The damages that a person can suffer as a result of such a disabling injury should be reviewed with a brain injury attorney.
Contact a Michigan Automobile Accident Attorney
No one expects to be involved in an automobile accident or to become injured as a result, but if you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, you need to someone who stands up for you, protects your rights and fights for what is fair. Contact an experienced Michigan automobile accident attorney who will assist you in determining if you are entitled to compensatory damages for your injuries from those responsible. These damages may include the cost of medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Victims may also be entitled to punitive damages, which are designed to punish those responsible. Contact Michigan Injury Lawyers so that they can file a timely claim on your behalf and best protect your rights. Please feel free to call our office today at 313-GET-HELP for a free consultation with no obligation.