Every year for the past 11 years, the The Brain Injury Association of Virginia has held a conference called “Opening Doors: Communities, Partnerships, Opportunities.” This year the association presented its Weinstock Award to Patricia Wilkins Harrison of Harrisonburg for her contributions to creating awareness and improving services for people who have been affected by brain injury.

Patricia was prompted to start the Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery back in 2005 after seeing that there was not much local assistance for people who suffered from brain injury.  Patricia’s son was in a car accident over 20 years ago which left him with a severe brain injury, so helping other people with the same condition has been a long-time mission for her.

The Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery offers intensive case management for persons with brain injury throughout the 6th Planning District of Virginia, which includes the counties of Rockingham, Augusta, Rockbridge, Bath, and Highland.

Over 1.5 million Americans suffer nonfatal traumatic brain injuries each year which do not require hospitalization.  Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI, can be caused by a number of things such as a fall, car accident, internal damage from a gunshot wound or surgical intervention, or loss of oxygen.  For an individual who survives an injury like this, the emotional, physical, and social changes can be devastating.  Find out more about traumatic brain injury statistics.

If you or a loved one has experienced a traumatic brain injury due to an accident, contact an experienced Virginia personal injury lawyer to help you with your case.

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