Congressional Staff of Representative Giffords Advocates for TBI Reform

When Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head in January, few Americans would have imagined that her recovery from a traumatic brain injury would have been so rapid. Against all odds, she traveled to Florida in April to support her husband as he commanded the final mission of the space shuttle Endeavor, then she even returned for the rescheduled launch.

The main reason behind her recovery is the top-notch medical care she received from brain injury experts such as neurosurgeons, neurologists, and occupational and physical therapists. The sad irony behind this amazing story that illustrates the potential benefits of appropriate health care is that many individuals suffering from brain injuries don’t have access to the same type of expert medical care.

While her doctors claim that Giffords' progress is in the top five percent of injury victims recovering from similar head wounds, in reality Giffords may never be able to return to her duties in Washington. Sadly, the long term effects of a traumatic brain injury can be debilitating even for those who recover better than expectations. Sensitive to the issues of brain injuries and the catastrophic harm they can cause, Giffords' office staff is reportedly working actively to ensure that employer-provided health-care plans will provide comprehensive brain-injury care when new insurance mandates are implemented in 2014. They are also encouraging the Department of Defense to expand the availability of rehabilitative therapies available to military brain injury victims.

What to Do When Negligence Causes a Serious Head Injury

Traumatic brain injuries can result from many circumstances, including car or truck accidents, industrial accidents, and even slip-and-falls. Unfortunately, not every citizen has the resources or insurance to gain access to the best neurological care available. In many cases, the prognosis for recovery will not be as optimistic as it has been for Congresswoman Giffords. Many brain injury victims face the likelihood of a lifetime of ongoing medical care like physical, occupational, and cognitive therapy, adaptive equipment, and even attendant care, with little chance that they will be able to work or earn as much as they were at their pre-TBI level.

Because of the harm caused by TBI, it is always beneficial for the TBI victim to obtain a comprehensive assessment of the circumstances of the brain injury to determine if another party caused or contributed to the cause of the injury. Such a party could be liable for covering substantial damages that could make a world of difference.

If you or a loved one has sustained a TBI, contact a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who focuses on representing individuals who have suffered head and brain injuries.