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Half of Traumatic Brain Injuries Caused by Auto Accidents

Your brain is soft. While many would take that statement as an insult, it's actually a simple truth: the human brain is soft, and fragile. This most important and delicate organ is protected by the fluid in which it floats inside the skull. Unfortunately, when it's violently jolted, as it can be in a car accident, traumatic brain injury can result.


Causes of TBI

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are sustained in a wide variety of incidents, all with a common thread of violent movement.

Collisions: Crashes involving cars, motorcycles, trucks, SUVs and bicycles cause half of all the traumatic brain injuries in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health.

• Shaking: TBI can occur in infants and small children violently shaken.

Falls: The leading cause of TBI in older Americans is falls.

Explosions: A common cause of TBI among members of the military is the concussive force of explosive devices.

 Symptoms of TBI

The symptoms and signs of concussion (considered a mild traumatic brain injury) include:

• Brief unconsciousness

• Headache

• Confusion

• Dizziness

• Inability to remember events immediately before or after the head injury

• Mood changes

• Memory problems

Symptoms of moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries include the following:

• Persistent headache

• Nausea; repeated vomiting

• Seizures or convulsions

• Inability to wake up

• Slurred speech

• Loss of coordination

• Numbness or weakness in extremities

• Extreme confusion

• A state of agitation


Michigan No-fault Insurance

For many victims of TBI in Michigan, compensation for their medical treatments and needed rehabilitation may be available through provisions of no-fault insurance policies. Many injured drivers or passengers in vehicles file a claim with their own no-fault insurance company. If they aren't covered by the company's policy, they can then file a claim with the insurer of the vehicle in which they were travelling.

For more information about liability, insurance claims and compensation after a traumatic brain injury sustained in a motor vehicle crash, contact a Michigan personal injury attorney who understands the nuances of no-fault insurance policies and Michigan accident liability litigation. A personal injury lawyer can help you get the compensation you and your family need and deserve.

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