Individuals who sustain head injuries often suffer permanent traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries result from all types of accidents, such as bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, fall accidents, car & truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, sports accidents and recreational activity accidents.
It is incredibly difficult for injured individuals to understand and accept their traumatic brain injuries. Many times, individuals do not look physically injured, but in fact are significantly impaired due to the brain injury. Many suffer from memory problems, whether it is long term or short term. Others may not be able to go back to work because they are cognitively impaired.
For instance, a pedestrian is hit by a car while crossing a crosswalk in Cherry Hill. Fortunately, he does not suffer any serious orthopedic injuries. However, the impact caused the pedestrian to hit his head on the pavement. He is diagnosed with a concussion and told to follow-up with a doctor. Several days later, his wife asks him to go to the store to pick up milk. He gets in his car and starts driving. At an intersection, he is supposed to make a right turn to get to the store; however, he can’t remember where he is going. He turns his car around and goes home. As each day passes, this kind of situation keeps happening where he can’t remember what he was going to do.
As one can imagine, this is incredibly frustrating for the injured individual. They appear and feel fine physically, but constantly have difficulties remembering what they are going to do. This is one type of the cognitive impairments that a victim of a brain injury may suffer – short term memory loss.
Not only are the injured individuals affected, their families are severely impacted as well. They too, may have a difficult time understanding their loved ones’ brain injuries.
It can be incredibly lonely for individuals with a brain injury. However, they are not alone, and neither are their families. There are resources and support out there for individuals with traumatic brain injuries and their families.
Many groups are non-profit and dedicated to improving the quality of life for people after a traumatic brain injury. Many offer conferences for injured individuals and their families to provide information and resources.
In New Jersey, one of the main brain injury support groups is the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey (BIANJ). It is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life people experience after brain injury. Its mission is to support and advocate for individuals affected by brain injury and raise awareness through education and prevention.
Though it is located in Edison, it has various local groups that meet on a regular basis. Contact the organization to get more information:
Brain Injury Association of New Jersey
1090 King George Post Road Suite 708 Edison, NJ 08837
Web site: www.bianj.org
Email: [email protected]
There are also funding resources that may be available for injured individuals and their families from New Jersey Department of Human Resources, Division of Disability Services (DDS). Below is the contact information:
Division of Disability Services, Dept. of Human Services
222 S. Warren St., PO Box 700
Trenton, NJ 08625-0700
Phone: (609) 292-7800
For traumatic brain injury support groups in PA, see PA & NJ Traumatic Brain Injury & Accidents - Help for Traumatic Brain Injury Victims & Their Families.
If your loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident due to no fault of their own, they may have legal rights. Call Mr. O’Brien to schedule a FREE consultation. 877.944.8396
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