The lasting effects of traumatic brain injuries can leave injury victims unable to care for themselves. Some have to re-learn how to communicate, how to walk, how to eat, and others never remember. What happens to these unfortunate souls after an accident leaves them unable to handle day-to-day activities? Well, just like other medical disorders, TBI victims have medical centers dedicated to their protection. The Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation is one such TBI dedicated medical center. But last month the death of an FINR patient led many to question whether the institution had patients’ safety high enough on their list of priorities. This brings up another question; who protects TBI victims from the negligence of medical providers like FINR? Fortunately—and surprisingly—this answer is encouraging. The FINR patient’s death last month led three entirely separate state agencies to investigate the organization and their patient protection practices. Immediately following the death, state regulators opened an investigation into alleged abuse at the facility and another specifically related to the death itself. On August 2, 2012, the three state agencies coordinated a surprise inspection of the FINR facility in Wauchula. Investigators from the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Department of Children and Families, and the Department of Health worked together to gather information from the 196-bed facility. They intend to formulate a cooperative plan to address any issues uncovered by the investigation. In a time when taking advantage of the weak seems almost commonplace, it’s fantastic to know that our state prioritizes protecting against the abuse of those who can’t protect themselves. Please follow our injury law blog at www.dolmanlaw.com/blog to follow updated news in the legal community including traumatic brain injury. The Florida brain injury attorneys at the Dolman Law Group are routinely retained by fellow lawyers in the community to assist on closed head injury and catastrophic injury claims. - Matthew A. Dolman, Esq.