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“Battling a Brain Injury” Recounts Hit and Run Accident

It’s easy for the victims of hit and run accidents to become statistics. But now, 25 year old Jack Martindale has written a book telling his experience in a fatal accident that killed two of his friends.

Life changed for Jack Martindale on January 1, 2010 when he and his friends were hit walking home from a New Year’s Eve party. The driver, Shamail Syed, ran into the group, killing two of them, and injuring the others. Jack’s skull was shattered and surgeons had to completely rebuild it. His friend Sam badly injured his leg, while Tom had facial injuries.

It took Jack intensive rehabilitation therapy to recover from his serious brain injury. He still suffers from a speech impediment, but luckily, he was able to complete his undergraduate degree.

Now Jack is putting that degree to good use by publishing “Battling a Brain Injury: The Life That Jack Built.” The book retells Jack’s story and helps his audience understand the struggle to recover and move on from the injury. It focuses on the personal side, rather than the medical diagnoses. He says:

“It’s not like a medical journal. It is an accurate account of the problems that I have and what went wrong with me, but it is not from a medical perspective. It’s more subjective. I don’t shy away from anything that happened to me.”

Luckily, the driver in Jack’s story was identified and faced criminal charges, so Jack was able to recover damages to help pay for his rehabilitation.

Many accident victims aren’t so lucky. There were 1,449 hit-and-run accidents in 2011 – up 13% from 2009. The drivers responsible may flee because they do not have state-mandated insurance or because there are alcohol or drugs involved.

But under Michigan’s No-Fault Insurance Act, victims of brain injury are still covered, even if the other driver is no where to be found. That’s because reasonable and necessary medical expenses are charged to the injured person’s insurance, not the other driver. So even when the victim doesn’t know the driver’s name, he or she can still have the rehabilitation covered.

The team at Christensen Law in Southfield, Michigan are experts at making Michigan’s no-fault laws work for sufferers of traumatic brain injury. They understand the personal effects of the injuries. David Christensen and his team will sit down with you or your family members and help you understand the process and what you can do to get help. If you or someone you love has suffered from a traumatic brain injury like Jack’s, contact Christensen Law for a free consultation today.