West Palm Beach Personal Injury Resources
The following links and resources are provided by the West Palm Beach injury attorneys at Gary Roberts & Associates to help people looking for information and support regarding traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury, automobile accidents, medical malpractice, and sexual assault. We hope these resources are helpful to you. If you have been injured by the negligence or wrongful conduct of another, contact our office for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer about obtaining compensation for your injuries from the party that harmed you.
Brain Injury Resources
The Brain Injury Association of America can help connect you with state and local chapters and support groups in your area for individuals and their families living with traumatic brain injury (TBI).
A clinical neuropsychologist has written an online book – the Traumatic Brain Injury Survival Guide – to explain head injuries in a clear and easy to understand way.
Other brain injury resource sites established by brain injury survivors, activist groups and others include the Brain Injury Resource Center, the Traumatic Brain Injury Resource Center, and TBI Resources. These sites can help you find hospitals and therapists, residential care, counseling, recreation and more.
Spinal Cord Injury Resources
The American Spinal Injury Association provides education and outreach to patients, their families, healthcare professionals and the general public.
The Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery is a hospital-based program utilizing innovative exercises and non-traditional activities to optimize recovery from a spinal cord injury.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Association provides a peer support network to empower survivors to achieve and maintain the highest levels of health, independence and fulfillment.
Auto Accident Resources
Statistics on driving safety and motor vehicle safety can also be found at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), along with information about drunk driving, distracted driving and other matters related to traffic safety.
Distraction.gov is the official U.S. government website for distracted driving. Conduct research, find facts and statistics, or view various state laws, including distracted driving in Florida, which has banned texting while driving.
Other resources for tips on safe driving, information on teen driving laws, and the latest in vehicle safety innovations, include the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the National Safety Council, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) is responsible for issuing driver’s licenses, registering and titling vehicles, and car accident investigations through the Florida Highway Patrol, among other things. Their website includes a Safety First page with tips for safe driving, such as wearing seat belts and adjusting your speed according to current road conditions.
Medical Malpractice Resources
The Florida Board of Medicine is responsible for the licensing and registration of medical doctors, physician assistants, anesthesiologist assistants and others. Visit their website to lookup and verify a physician’s license or file a complaint about a doctor, dentist, psychiatrist/psychologist or other general healthcare provider.
Sexual Assault Resources
If you feel that you are in danger of physical harm by somebody you are or were in a relationship with, get to a safe location and call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.
Victims of sexual violence may find advice and assistance through Palm Beach County Victim Services. Their 24-hour crisis hotline is (866) 891-7273. The county also offers rape crisis services, including accompaniment during hospital examinations and law enforcement interviews, intervention with family members, therapy and support groups.
Elder Abuse and Long Term Care Resources
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment. First established by the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) in 1988 as a national elder abuse resource center, the NCEA was granted a permanent home at AoA in the 1992 amendments made to Title II of the Older Americans Act.
The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care was formed as NCCNHR (National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform) in 1975 because of public concern about substandard care in nursing homes.
Long-term care ombudsmen are advocates for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes and assisted living facilities. Ombudsmen provide information about how to find a facility and what to do to get quality care.
Whether you are a survivor of violent crime or dealing with financial crime victimization, the National Organization for Victim Assistance recognizes that all victims experience loss. While there are different kinds of losses, each can be profound, depending upon the perspective of victims and survivors. No one has to right to judge the impact of any given loss in your life.