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With 16.3 annual brain injury-related deaths per 100,000 residents in the state, Michigan ranks on the lower end of the scale when it comes to traumatic brain injury-related fatalities in the nation. However, this number is still considered high. In the United States, more than 50,000 people die as a result of traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year, and a traumatic brain injury occurs approximately every 21 seconds. According to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), 5.3 million Americans are forced to live with conditions resulting from TBI. Those who survive TBI are left with neuropsychological impairments that result in disabilities affecting their work life, family life, and social activity.

An open head injury occurs when something, such as a bullet or a sharp instrument, penetrates the head and skull. In contrast, a closed head injury occurs when the head hits a hard surface or experiences a direct blow or jolt to the head. Both of these types of brain injury are considered traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Brain injury may result from something as relatively minor as a tiny fracture, or from something as serious as penetration of the skull. In some cases, traumatic brain injury is detected well after the accident or impact occurs in which swelling and bleeding into and around the brain may have already taken place.

There are also acquired brain injuries, in which the brain is deprived of either blood flow or oxygen. Acquired brain injury can result from stroke or heart attack, infection, exposure to toxins, infection, near-drowning, choking and strangulation.

Brain injuries are typically classified as mild, moderate, or severe, and the effects can be short-term, lifelong, or fatal. Brain injuries can cause a range of symptoms, including memory loss, difficulty concentrating, communication difficulties, seizures, muscle spasticity, vision problems, sensory loss, headaches or migraines, balance problems, and emotional problems.

The costs of a traumatic brain injury can be very high, with a lifetime cost for one person surviving from a severe traumatic brain injury reaching $4 million, and the direct and indirect costs of traumatic brain injuries estimated at $48.3 billion annually in the United States.

If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident that results in brain injury, you should hire a Michigan brain injury lawyer or attorney to help you recover damages. Brain injury law generally falls under the category of personal injury law, but a brain injury attorney will have a specialization in the area of brain injury, and will have tried brain injuries cases. A settlement can help cover current and future medical expenses, and the victim may even be able to recover monies for pain and suffering. Each state has its own set of brain injury and personal injury laws, so it\'s important to hire a lawyer who has a proven track record litigating brain injury cases in Michigan.

The statute of limitations to file your claim in the state of Michigan is three years, so contact a lawyer as soon as possible after your injury. Procrastinating could be costly and it could hinder your case in many ways. For help in locating an experienced and successful brain injury lawyer or attorney in Michigan, please visit the American Bar Association website.

It\'s important to choose a lawyer you trust and with whom you feel comfortable, as they can relieve a lot of the stress that is associated with a brain injury and the legal proceedings that follow. While you focus on recovering, they focus on getting you the compensation that is owed to you.


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