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
(804) 261-7050
Email:  [email protected]

Brain Injury Association of America

8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 611
McLean, VA 22102
Helpline: (800) 444-6443
Helpline e-mail: [email protected]

National Disability Rights Network

National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems, Inc.
900 Second Street, NE, Suite 211
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 408-9514

Centers for Independent Living (CIL)

National Council on Independent Living
1916 Wilson Blvd., Suite 209
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 525-3406

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
(301) 656-3500

Neurotrauma Registry

P.O. Box 440
Hunt Valley, MD 21030-0440
(800) 373-1166

Defense & Veterans Brain Injury Center

Building 1, Room B209
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20307-5001
(800) 870-9244

Head Injury Hotline

212 Pioneer Bldg.
Seattle, WA 98104-2221
(206) 621-8558

The Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems National Data and Statistical Center

c/o CraigHospital Research Dept.
3425 S Clarkson Street
Englewood, CO 80113
(303) 789-8202

Family Caregiver Alliance

785 Market Street, Suite 750
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 434-3388 phone
(800) 445-8106 toll free
Website: www.caregiver.org
E-mail: [email protected]

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.