Recently, my dad Larry Gursten and I attended the Brain Injury Association of Michigan’s 11th Annual Spring Tribute Dinner and Auction at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. This was also an event that our law firm sponsored, because we are believers in such a worthwhile cause. The Brain Injury Association of Michigan is a non-profit organization that brings together people with brain injury, their families, friends and concerned professionals like our own TBI lawyers, to improve the quality of life that people experience after sustaining a traumatic brain injury.
The event was a great success, bringing attention to traumatic brain injury and the need to help survivors. Injuries from auto accidents are the second-leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. That’s because the human brain is very susceptible to damage from the forces generated by a typical car accident. In most car crashes, the brain may be seriously injured even without the head striking an object, such as a windshield or dashboard.
These types of brain injuries are called the “silent epidemic” by many doctors and lawyers familiar with TBI because of the vast number of people who live with some form of disability caused by traumatic brain injury. According to the National Institutes of Health, there are approximately 300,000 hospital admissions in the United States every year for people with TBI, as well as an additional, unknown number of traumatic brain injuries that are not diagnosed at all. Some literature suggests that hospital emergency rooms miss up to 80 percent of brain injuries after traumatic events like car accidents.
TBI Event Highlights
This year, the Michigan Brain Injury Association honored Dr. Owen Perlman, Peggy Allen Bock and Brigadier General Carol Ann Fausone. The event was the largest and most successful in Michigan history, and the second largest Brain Injury Association event in the country.
Perlman is an attending physician at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich.
He has extensive experience as a psychiatrist working in rehabilitation, and specializes in traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurologic illness and catastrophic injury.
Allen Bock has been a strong force in the brain injury community for more than 25 years. In her current position as director of children’s services at Special Tree Rehabilitation System, she has played an important role in shaping services to meet the complex needs of children and adolescents with brain injuries.
Fausone has been the Assistant Adjutant General for Veterans Affairs in the state of Michigan since 2003. In this capacity, she has responsibility for two state Veterans Homes, the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund and partnering with veterans service organizations and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The guest speaker was Jeff Zaslow, who is co-author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller, “The Last Lecture,” and a columnist for the Wall Street Journal.
Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers of Michigan Auto Law
If you are an attorney and would like to refer a Michigan traumatic brain injury case, please contact Michigan Auto Law.
If you or someone you know has suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a car accident or truck accident in Michigan, we can guide you through the complicated requirements of Michigan’s closed-head injury exception and help obtain the insurance benefits and pain and suffering compensation you need. Because our lawyers have been handling traumatic brain injury cases for more than 50 years, we understand the physical, emotional and psychological hardships that TBI victims experience from automobile accidents. Please call Michigan Auto Law at (800) 777-0028 for a case evaluation with no fee or obligation, or fill out our free consultation form.
– Steve Gursten is a member of the American Association for Justice Traumatic Brian Injury Group and lectures on TBI throughout the country. In 2008, he received a trial verdict of $5.65 million for a TBI victim; the largest reported personal injury verdict in Michigan for the year.
– Photo courtesy of Creative Commons, by Liz Henry
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