Survivors & Family
Serving Washington, D.C.
The lasting results of a brain injury are internal – frequently leaving the person affected by brain injury with no outward signs of a disability. Only families who have been through the traumatic event of a brain injury may be fully aware of just how pervasive this devastating medical problem actually is. In certain cases, victims of TBI may be entitled to recover compensation for current and future medical costs, loss of current and future earnings, pain and suffering and punitive damages. Also, families of victims may receive compensation if they must change their lifestyle to care for their injured loved one.
"TBI Survivors Receive Hope from CFC Organizations"
– Article from the "Combined Federal Campaign
of the National Capital Area" website
The Injured Brain—Functional Changes
When a brain injury occurs, the functions of the neurons, nerve tracts, or various sections of the brain may be affected. If the neurons and nerve tracts are affected, they can be unable or have difficulty carrying the messages that tell the brain what to do. This can change the way a person thinks, acts, feels, and moves the body. A brain injury can also change the complex internal functions of the body, such as regulating body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and bowel and bladder control. There will be changes for the individual, and the duration of these changes cannot always be predicted. They may cause a temporary impairment or a complete inability to perform a function. Simply put, the effects of a brain injury can change a person’s life forever which puts even greater importance on education and involvement in the brain injury community.
The Road to Recovery
As either a person with a brain injury, or a family member or loved one of the injured individual, the road ahead during recovery and rehabilitation can be difficult. Only your physicians and rehabilitation specialists can help determine what lies ahead because every situation involving a brain injury is different.
We at the BIADC want you to realize that you are not alone and that there are resources and support available to you. In addition to our organization and the additional resources provided throughout this web site, the national organization and two regional affiliates in the Washington metropolitan area can provide local resources and information about upcoming events. Also, in the future if you relocate outside the Washington, DC metropolitan area, be sure to locate the appropriate local brain injury affiliate on the BIAA website.
- The Brain Injury Association of America
- The Brain Injury Association of Maryland
- The Brain Injury Association of Virginia
Please contact us with any questions, concerns or support needs that you might have.