You might hear that “accidents happen every day,” but when one happens to you or a loved one it’s always shocking and traumatic. Injuries occur in many different ways and can send your life spinning off-course in an instant. Whether it’s a car accident, a fall, a dog bite, or an accident at work, serious injuries come with serious ripple effects on all aspects of daily life. Medical bills may pile up at the same time that you or your loved one aren’t able to work, adding financial strain to the stress of dealing with insurance claims and a possible lawsuit—all while you’re in pain and recovering from medical procedures.
The aftermath of a sudden shocking injury is distressing for accident victims and their loved ones, but Texas has many resources in place so individuals who’ve been harmed in any type of accident have places to turn for help in addressing common issues related to serious injuries.
Resources for Victims of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Their Loved Ones
A traumatic brain injury is one of the most catastrophic injuries, often with life-altering consequences. A brain injury can leave the victim with impairments that require physical, speech, and occupational therapies. It can make it impossible to return to work or to your normal daily activities. Some effects may be permanent. A TBI can be devastating. If you or your loved one has suffered a TBI, the following resources may help:
- The Brain Injury Association of Texas: a resource for connecting injury victims with brain specialists and assisting with insurance issues
- The Texas Brain Injury Alliance: Provides lists of resources and support groups for people living with brain injuries and their families
- The Texas Workforce Commission: provides vocational therapies and training to prepare brain injury victims for a return to the workforce
- The Mary Lee Foundation: a rehabilitation center with many resources for assisting brain injury victims to regain independence, provide self-care, and return to the workforce
Texas Resources for Car Accident Victims
Car accidents are the most common cause of serious injuries in Texas. A car accident can impact an entire family, whether only one family member was injured or more. Texas offers car accident victims several resources for helping people during the aftermath of a car accident:
- C.A.R.E for accident victims: A non-profit organization connecting car accident victims with many helpful resources
- Texas Department of Insurance (TDI): A full resource for information on Texas car insurance and the claims process
- SAMHSA: connects traumatized car accident victims and victims of other disasters with mental health professionals and services
Texas Resources for Work Injuries
When injuries happen at work, it impacts every aspect of your life, including your livelihood. Texas is a state of hard workers and had many resources for work-related injuries.
- Workers’ Compensation: Most employers are required to carry this insurance to protect victims of work accidents to receive medical care and wage benefits during recovery
- Office of Injured Employee Counsel: Advocates for victims of work injuries with resources and education for workers’ compensation claims
- Department of Labor: provides information on federal workers’ compensation programs
- Texas Commission of Law Enforcement: Provides assistance with federal benefits and assistance for injured employees in Texas
If you’ve been injured in Texas and someone else was at-fault for the injury, a Texas personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights and pursue compensation from the liable party.