When someone suffers a brain injury at work, workers’ compensation insurance can cover the injured worker’s medical benefits and, to some extent, their loss of income. However, let’s face it –folks in these awful situations face a huge deficit. Injured workers and their families are left to put the pieces of their lives back together and workers’ compensation insurance does not really address how an injured worker is supposed to transition back into family life after a devastating injury. Brain injury victims and their families are often dealing with complex emotional and transitional issues that they need help with.
I have compiled the below list of resources for the victims of brain injuries and their families (Source: www.caregiver.org and Michele Lewane, Esq.). I wanted to pass these on to my clients and injured workers who have suffered brain injuries for informational purposes. Remember, you should always consult with your doctor before starting any new treatment or rehabilitation program but I want you to have access to all the information out there about brain injuries so you can discuss this information with your doctor and be confident in the care you pursue.
Community Brain Injury Services
7812 Shrader Road
Richmond, VA 23294
Brain Injury Association of America
8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 611
McLean, VA 22102
Helpline: (800) 444-6443
Helpline e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Disability Rights Network
National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems, Inc.
900 Second Street, NE, Suite 211
Washington, D.C. 20002
Centers for Independent Living (CIL)
National Council on Independent Living
1916 Wilson Blvd., Suite 209
Arlington, VA 22209
Tammy Greenspan Head Injury Collection
116 Merritts Road
Farmingdale, N.Y. 11735
(877) HEAD-INJ or (877) 432-3465
TBI Technical Assistance Center
National Association of State Head Injury Administrators
4330 East West Highway, Suite 301
Bethesda, MD 20814
P.O. Box 440
Hunt Valley, MD 21030-0440
Defense & Veterans Brain Injury Center
Building 1, Room B209
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20307-5001
Head Injury Hotline
212 Pioneer Bldg.
Seattle, WA 98104-2221
The Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems National Data and Statistical Center
c/o CraigHospital Research Dept.
3425 S Clarkson Street
Englewood, CO 80113
Family Caregiver Alliance
Of course for your workers’ compensation needs:
Injured Workers’ Law Firm
7826 Shrader Road
Richmond, VA 23294
(804) 755-7755 phone
(877) 755-7744 toll free
If you or someone in your family is dealing with a TBI as the result of a work injury or if you would like more information on the Virginia Workers’ Compensation system, order my book, “The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia,” or call our office today (804) 755-7755.