Perhaps the most overwhelming result of a brain injury is the feeling of helplessness or alienation that so often accompanies it.  However, this phase of seeming loneliness should be brief:  the Salt Lake City area is home to a number of facilities and institutions designed specifically to help brain injury victims to ease back into their daily lives as seamlessly as possible.  The adjustment may require time and patience, but there’s no reason why those making that adjustment and their families need to feel alone and without options.  Options are not only out there; they are numerous:

1.University of Utah Brain Injury Program

As the only brain injury program in Utah to be endorsed by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, the center operated by the University of Utah is one of the best options available to brain injury survivors in the state.  The facility boasts state-of-the-art care and cutting-edge research with the goal of “return[ing] each patient to a productive lifestyle within their home and community.”  Care providers at the Brain Injury Program take a comprehensive approach to therapy to promote the most efficient and thorough recovery possible.  All the while, their nationally acclaimed division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation continues to pioneer new breakthroughs in the field of neurology.

2. Brain Injury Alliance of Utah

The Brain Injury Alliance hosts a variety of links to brain injury resources in the Salt Lake City area and throughout Utah.  Their county map makes searches for programs in the vicinity fast and simple.  In addition to material on treatment and coping with brain injury, BIAU also connects the page’s visitors to legal information and services.

3. Utah Traumatic Brain Injury Fund

Utah’s Brain Injury Association has created this fund as a receptacle for private donations for brain injury research and to raise general awareness of the situation.  Their primary area of focus is on resource facilitation, i.e., “assist[ing] with problem solving, linking people in need with available and appropriate resources…and assist[ing] with successful return to school, work, or community”

4. Brainline

Brainline’s web site allows searches for local rehabilitation centers, frequently asked questions, personal stories, and much more for families and individuals grappling with brain injury.  There is also a special emphasis on helping those who have sustained brain injuries in a military context (since so many veterans suffer thusly).

5. Utah Brain Injury Council

This inchoate organization is being established to “advocate for, facilitate, educate and guide the implementation of a permanent and sustainable statewide traumatic brain injury system.”  The ultimate objective is improvement of statewide access to brain injury assistance and support through the involvement of state government in proposed solutions.  Although presently a work in progress, the Council promises to provide a wealth of aid to those working with brain injury in the near future.

6. Utah Parent Center

For the advantage of parents of children suffering from brain injury, the Utah Parent Center has a number of new developments in place.  The Parent Training and Information Project helps caregivers and educators to pinpoint and engage with their unique challenges and to find support from others in the community.  In addition, they provide free literature for the enrichment of families living with brain injury.

These resources are accessible thanks to the hard work and selflessness of researchers, donors, and compassionate volunteers.  However, many serious brain injuries require more costly, time-intensive treatment than what is universally attainable.  Where these injuries were inflicted because of a negligent act (or omission), compensatory payments are a way to secure the resources to seek the necessary care.  In such cases, it is generally beneficial to retain a personal injury attorney to negotiate the settlement—or, if necessary, represent their client in court.  If there is any question of heavy contention or unforeseeable costs, at least a conference with a personal injury attorney to determine the efficacy of a lawyer’s services is advised.

If you are concerned about the potential toll of a brain injury to yourself or someone you care for, it is best to act sooner rather than later.  For discussion of your predicament with a savvy attorney at no cost, call Christensen & Hymas at (801) 506-0800.

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