Adjusting to Life After a Spinal Cord Injury or Traumatic Brain Injury
After suffering a spinal cord injury (SCI) or a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it may be difficult to figure out how to move forward with your life and focus on what you can do instead of any limitations. There is so much information you need to know that it may seem somewhat overwhelming at times.
However, if you are one of the hundreds of thousands of people living with SCI each day and want to learn how you can live your life to the fullest despite your injuries, we have put together a guide to help you learn how to do just that. Our new free resource, Coping with a Spinal Cord Injury, is chock-full of helpful information about ways to adjust your life after spinal cord injuries, treatments and technologies, and an overview of your legal options following an injury.
An Overview of Coping with a Spinal Cord Injury:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Life modifications and assistive technologies
- Medical treatments and therapies
- SCI community support
- Learning from other SCI survivors
- Legal considerations
In addition to SCI, the importance of understanding the causes and effects of a traumatic brain injuries cannot be understated. TBIs are a growing concern in the U.S. There were nearly 3 million TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations or deaths in 2013, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These injuries, which can result from nearly any type of sudden bump or blow to the head, most commonly occur due to falling, car accidents, being hit by an object, or by being assaulted. The CDC also estimates that half a million people neglect to seek medical treatment for their injuries each year, which decreases their chances of having a strong recovery and enables them to remain uninformed of what the long-term effects may mean for their future.
If you or someone you love is dealing with the effects of a TBI, we have a free resource guide to help you and your family learn about your injury, go over potential TBI complications, emergency interventions and treatments, and legal issues.
The Simplified Guide to a Traumatic Brain Injury:
This guide will provide helpful information the following areas
- Basic TBI vocabulary
- Brain anatomy
- Potential TBI complications
- Emergency interventions
- Treatments and treatment providers
- Legal issues
As the survivor of SCI or TBI, or the family member of someone who has suffered one of these injuries or died as the result of one, it is important to understand your legal rights. For more information about how to begin or handle your legal case or get answers to your questions. We hope this information is helpful and can serve as a resource as you move forward on your journey to recovery.
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