Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Resources in Florida

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Traumatic Brain Injury in Florida

I go skateboarding nearly every Saturday with my 7yr old son. There was a time when I thought helmets weren't cool, and I see plenty of young kids and adults who still rock the no helmet, but I can't afford to bang my head off the concrete and suffer an irreversible injury. I certainly don't want that to happened to my sons. Broken bones can heal, cuts and bruises can heal but a Traumatic Brain Injury may be with you for life. Thankfully, in the last few years, people have been paying much more attention to brain injuries, concussions and the lasting effects of head injuries. It is common knowledge now that football and other contact sports can cause life altering changes in your brain. You see more people wearing helmets, paying attention to concussion sings and being a bit more worried about some of the crazy things kids will do. 

A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is an injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. It can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury. Cognitive disturbances can lead to difficulties with memory, attention, learning, and coordination. Other signs and symptoms include headaches, fatigue, and sleep disturbances.

I recently watched an amazing documentary on Kevin Pearce called "The Crash Reel".  Kevin was a world class snowboarder who suffered a TBI in a crash while training for the Olympics. He has never been the same since. You get to see the struggles him and others go through after a TBI, you can see the struggles his family and friends also go through. Anyone with questions about a TBI or how to cope after an injury should check out Kevin's foundation at LoveYourBrain.com.

TBI Statistics

Over 2.8 million TBIs occur in the U.S. annually
3.2 – 5.3 million people in the U.S. are currently living with a TBI-related disability
70-80% of all TBIs are mild, which includes concussions  

Cognitive, Physical and Emotional Effects of a TBI

Cognitive

  • Impulsivity
  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Light and/or sound sensitivity
  • Difficulty communicating

Physical

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Loss of coordination/balance
  • Chronic pain
  • Poor vision

 Emotional

  • Irritability
  • Sadness
  • Anxiety
  • Denial
  • Lack of self-efficacy
  • Uncooperative

If you have suffered a TBI or have a loved one who has, know that there are other people out there in your same shoes and there is help here in Florida. 

Florida Resources for TBI

Brain Injury Association of Florida
1637 Metropolitan Blvd.
Suite B
Tallahassee, FL 32308
800-992-3442 Phone
Web site: www.biaf.org
Information at: www.byyourside.org
Email: [email protected]

 

Central Florida Brain Injury Support Group
City of Orlando
Mayor William Beardall Senior Center
800 South Delaney Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801
(407)228-2818 Phone
Website: https://www.tbisupport.org/

 

Florida Brain & SCI Program
Dept. of Health
Division of Emergency Medical Operations (DEMO)
4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN C-25
Tallahassee, FL  32399-1745
Phone: (850) 245-4045

If You Have Questions About an Injury You Suffered

Please contact Clifton Law Office, you can reach me at my contact page online or call me directly at 904-209-4883.

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