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For Brain Injury Awareness Month in March, Michigan Auto Law will donate $1 to the Brain Injury Association for every "Like" on Facebook.

Traumatic brain injury can happen in an instant and it affects us all. It does not discriminate.

In honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month in March, Michigan Auto Law is raising $10,000 for the Brain Injury Association — but the law firm needs help from the traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Facebook communities to do so.

For every person who "Likes" Michigan Auto Law on Facebook, the law firm will donate $1 per "Like" to the Brain Injury Association of Michigan, up to $10,000, said Steven M. Gursten, a national traumatic brain injury lawyer and head of the Farmington Hills based personal injury law firm.

Here is Michigan Auto Law's Facebook page.

Facebook fans of Michigan Auto Law will find blogs, videos, tips and statistics about traumatic brain injury throughout the month of March. The firm’s lawyers regularly post on Facebook and blog about tips and litigation strategies to help victims of TBI.

"We want to help spread the word about traumatic brain injury and helping brain injury survivors," Gursten said.

Automobile accidents are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injury in the United States, according to the Brain Injury Association of America. And educating car accident lawyers who are entrusted to help victims of brain injury has become an important part of the outreach and education efforts for the attorneys at Michigan Auto Law, Gursten noted.

The Brain Injury Association of America states that 1.7 million people (including 475,000 children) sustain TBI in the U.S. each year. This year, 52,000 people will die from brain injury, 275,000 will be hospitalized and 1.4 million people will be treated and released from an ER.

"Traumatic brain injury can happen in an instant and it affects us all. It does not discriminate," Gursten said.

Gursten referred to an astounding list of social consequences of mild, moderate and severe TBI. They include increased risk of suicide, divorce, chronic unemployment, economic strain and substance abuse, according to the National Institutes of Health.

"Partnering with the Brain Injury Association of Michigan for Brain Injury Awareness Month allows us a chance to help people with TBI," Gursten said.

The Brain Injury Association is a non-profit organization that aims to improve the lives of people who have traumatic brain injury. It provides education, advocacy, research opportunities and support to brain injury survivors and the people who serve them. The organization also provides brain injury prevention information to cities across Michigan.

Meanwhile, Gursten urges the public to become familiar with the symptoms of traumatic brain injury, which, according to the National Institutes of Health, include:

  •     Numbness,
  •     Excessive drowsiness,
  •     Severe headache,
  •     Weakness in arms or legs,
  •     Dizziness or loss of vision,
  •     Slurred speech,
  •     Loss of consciousness or confusion,
  •     Vomiting or nausea.

"Please consider our charitable drive to help brain injury accident victims living with the challenges and hardship that often go hand in hand with TBI," Gursten said.

About Steven M. Gursten: Steven M. Gursten is a traumatic brain injury lawyer and head of Michigan Auto Law. He is a member of the Executive Board of the American Association for Justice Traumatic Brian Injury Lawyer Group and serves on the attorney committee for the Sarah Jane Brain Project. Steve has received the highest reported trial verdict and settlement for a TBI victim in Michigan, according to Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

About Michigan Auto Law: Michigan Auto Law has 18 lawyers exclusively handling auto accident personal injury litigation throughout the state. Michigan Auto Law has received the top-reported jury verdict for a car or truck accident victim in 2009, 2009, 2010 and 2011, according to Michigan Lawyers Weekly. The firm has offices in Farmington Hills, Sterling Heights, Detroit, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids. For more information, call Michigan Auto Law at (800) 777-0028.

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