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Resources and Links

Traumatic brain injury is an expansive medical diagnosis, and the term TBI can used on differing levels. Below, we have provided links to online resources that our community has found helpful. This information varies from in-depth information about tbi diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation as well as helpful links for your family as you move through this new journey.


Heart of Florida United Way 211 & Florida Helpline Community Resource Director
http://www.refersoftware.com/211communityresources/

Guide to Selecting and Monitoring Rehabilitation Facilities
https://secure.biausa.org/OnlineDirectory/Pdf/SelectingRehabServices.pdf

BrainLine.org
BrainLine.org is a WETA website funded by the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center through a contract with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation
www.brainline.org

Medicaid Information-Florida  http://mymedicaid-florida.com/

Brain Injury Association of America /List of State Brain Injury Associations
http://www.biausa.org 


Lash Publishing & Training
Practical and informative books, tip cards, manuals, tool kits, attention training, and cognitive rehabilitation programs on traumatic and acquired brain injury, concussion, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) http://www.lapublishing.com/

 The Sarah Jane Brain Project/National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan  Sarah Jane Brain Project/National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan http://www.thebrainproject.org/default.asp

North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS) This is where you will find National Brain Injury Conferences  http://www.nabis.org/

National Disability Rights Network (formerly NAPAS) NDRN is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States
http://www.ndrn.org/

Leeza’s Place- Florida Caregiver Support & Resources

Oculearn Therapy for TBI
http://www.oculearntbi.com/

Brooks Rehabilitation Resource Center                         
http://www.brookshealth.org/resource-center/

Home Based Cognitive Stimulation Program from the University of Alabama, Birmingham http://images.main.uab.edu/spinalcord/pdffiles/cogrehab.pdf

  

Legal Assistance
Within the first few days of a loved ones injury, it is important for the family to seek out an experienced law firm with a focus on Traumatic Brain Injury and in-house personnel that can help the family move through process of hospitalization, rehabilitation and recovery with their loved one.  Only a qualified law firm can look into the details for locating and securing the vital financial resources necessary to provide funding for future medical expenses
IT'S NEVER  TOO EARLY

The reality of this injury can be overwhelming and time seems to stand still for the family members as they await their loved one to begin the "awakening" process. This type of injury can take many days, weeks, and sometimes months to move through the acute hospitalization phase of injury impacting everyone in their circle of support. At the same time physical evidence of what happened to cause the injury has a tendency to erode and disappear and witnesses become busy with their lives and could become less willing to cooperate.

The first 48 hours following an injury are often the most vital to any investigation.


JUST A FEW THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
  • The Law firm does not need to be close to where you live-This is NOT IMPORTANT TO A CASE. Florida person injury and wrongful death attorneys practice and represent families all over the state.
        
  •  An attorney after speaking with you on the phone will come to you to meet with you personally right away and explain the process, answer any questions you may have to determine whether you may have a case. 
       
  • Law firms that advertise heavily in the media spend much of their money on advertising and may not spend the money on your case. The better law firms do not need to advertise!
  • Do not believe everything you are told about circumstances of how the injury happened no matter who is involved. This is about seeking the appropriate funding that may be available for your loved ones future medical care.
       



Recommended Reading


"Unthinkable"
by Dixie Fremont-Smith Coskie

A mother’s narrative of perseverance following her son’s traumatic brain injury. Unthinkable is filled with universal lessons of struggle and triumph. Following each chapter of the harrowing journey are vital insights to assist others through their tragedies.
http://dixiecoskie.com/


Lash Publishing & Training
Practical and informative books, tip cards, manuals, tool kits, attention training, and cognitive rehabilitation programs on traumatic and acquired brain injury, concussion, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
http://www.lapublishing.com/

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