Support Groups Are a Useful Tool for Brain Injury Survivors
Sustaining a brain injury in a car wreck or other incident can have a lasting impact on the quality of life of the victim, his or her friends, and family members. The difficulties that accompany life after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are numerous, yet this is not necessarily a topic that receives a great deal of attention in the media.
In 2009, Congress declared March to be Brain Injury Awareness Month in an effort to bring increased exposure to the injury. A problem with brain injuries is that people often do not understand all the implications of a TBI, so people who have survived brain injuries often feel alone and isolated in their struggles. People can get discouraged when they find they can no longer keep up with the pace of their workplace or simple life activities that were previously a breeze. Since TBIs can be “invisible injuries,” oftentimes well-meaning people are not equipped to understand the sometimes devastating impacts of a TBI.
Brain Injury Awareness Month may have highlighted the plight of someone you know who is suffering a brain injury caused at a result of the negligence of another. If they have not explored the possibility of compensation, we urge you to help them to do so.
Finding a Place of Support
TBI support groups have begun around the country to help facilitate connections between people with TBIs and to provide advice, resources, and solidarity.
Oregon is a great state to live in if you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury – “Oregon has more TBI support groups per capita than any other state,” according to Sherry Stock, the executive director of the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon. The mission of this group is “to create a better future through brain injury prevention, advocacy, education, research, and support.”
Support groups allow people to share their struggles and their victories with a community which understands what they are going through. Sometimes simply being understood and feeling like you belong is the best medicine for healing. People are able to discuss how their TBI has affected their work, lifestyle, confidence, relationships, and more.
Finding Justice for Your TBI
A serious brain injury resulting from the negligence of another can cause serious and permanent life difficulties. In addition to seeking help from a support group, seeking justice from an experienced team of attorneys can be a helpful step in the healing process.
Our team of committed, compassionate, and knowledgeable attorneys at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss Attorneys, PC has over 100 years of collective experience in personal injury litigation. We are dedicated to ensuring that justice is served on behalf of victims injured due to another person’s negligence.
We offer a free initial consultation and can speak with you about your case today at (541) 617-0555.