Legal Assistance

The following organizations can help individuals with brain injuries and their families by providing legal assistance. A link to each organization’s web site is included where available.

Statewide Legal Services
Provides civil legal services to individuals who meet their income eligibility requirements.
Phone: 1.800.453.3320

The Office of Victim Services
Responds to the needs of crime victims by providing information, referrals, and direct assistance.  Reimbursement for medical bills, counseling, lost wages, disabilities and other expenses experienced as a result of a crime can be obtained through the Victims’ Compensation Fund.
Phone: 1.800.822.8428

The Center for Medicare Advocacy
A private, non-profit organization that provides education, advocacy, and legal assistance to help those who are elderly and those with disabilities obtain necessary healthcare. This organization focuses on the needs of Medicare beneficiaries, people with chronic conditions, and those in need of long-term care.
Phone: 860.456.7790

The Disability Rights Connecticut, Inc. (DRCT) 
This is the new non-profit agency designated by Governor Malloy to replace the current State Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities when it closed on July 1, 2017.  
DRCT oversees the PATBI program:
Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury (PATBI) which is a program funded by a grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services that provides free advocacy assistance to individuals with TBI. PATBI advocates work with, and on behalf of, persons with TBI to obtain and maintain appropriate supports and services within their communities. 
If you need assistance for advocacy services, please call: (860) 679-1546 for assistance.   
You may contact, via e-mail:
Linda Mizzi for Intake assistance;
Gretchen Knauff for administration;; or,
Nancy Alisberg, Legal Assistance until their website becomes available.

CT Women's Educational and Legal Fund
Offers legal advocacy and information on family issues, employment and civil rights.
Phone: 860.524.0601

CT Bar Association Offers a lawyer search and addresses grievance issues.

CT Probate Court  Probate Courts appoint conservators to oversee the finances and/or personal care of adults who are unable to manage their own affairs. For information on resources please read the following article by Kate McEvoy, Director of the Division of Health Services at the Connecticut Department of Social Services-  Resources on CT Conservatorship.  Kate McEvoy was an integral part of the team that developed and introduced the new conservator laws in CT.  Click here for Probate Court Forms.