“Only by making protection available can we start to prevent brain injuries.” – Stephen M. Smith
As an internationally recognized brain injury and spiral cord attorney Stephen M. Smith spends each day representing individuals who have experienced catastrophic injuries. One of the toughest realizations for Stephen was discovering that in some of these cases an inexpensive safety helmet could have prevented the injury. Brain injuries and spinal injuries, which are most common in people under the age of 19, are typically attributed to a fall from a bicycle or skateboard.
In 2010 Stephen founded the “Helmets For Kids” program, which is designed to educate the public about the prevention of these injuries and provide helmets to those who are not able to afford one. To date, hundreds of families who could not afford a safety helmet for their children have benefitted from this program.
Here is what people had to say about our program:
“I just wanted to take a minute and thank you so gratefully for the helmet you sent to my son. He was so excited, and knows that he can never ride his bike without it. It is so gratifying to know that people in power really do care about the “little people” and follow through with their promises. Again, thank you for all your great work, and wishes for a healthy and wonderful new year.” – Joan
“I wanted to thank you so much for your kindness with the free helmets. When they arrived, the box was damaged and so was one of the helmets. I was able to contact Mr. Hindermarsh (who was very understanding) and he sent me a new one immediately. In fact it came in two days. Thank you both for helping our family and touching the lives of so many.” – Shirley
Causes of a traumatic brain injury or “TBI” as they are often referred to are:
- 28% – Falls
- 20% – Motor vehicle and trucking accidents
- 19% – Struck by or against an object
- 11% – Assaults
A related injury, such as anoxic brain damage can leave a person permanently disabled due to a lack of oxygen to the brain. The Brain Injury Law Center is committed to helping to prevent traumatic brain injury, and by initiating this program, we aim to prevent brain-injury-causing accidents from affecting those who are at the highest risk – children.
If you are interested in a free helmet for your child, please fill out the form below.
Due to an overwhelming response and limited supply, we are asking only parents who cannot afford to purchase helmets for their children request a helmet.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. How many helmets can I order?
Helmet requests are limited to one helmet per household and are intended for children only. We do accept requests for additional helmets per family, groups or events and these will be approved on a case by case basis. Please submit a request below stating an explanation of your request. Each month’s requests will be reviewed, however, only approved requests will be contacted.
2. Who can order a helmet?
Only a parent or legal guardian may order a helmet. As some children are less fortunate than others, particularly during these economic times, this program is intended to help families of lower-incomes. Proof of a child’s age may be requested.
3. How long until the helmet will arrive?
All requests will be shipped the first week of the following month the request is received (For example September requests will be shipped the first week of October). We are currently only able to ship to Virginia residents.
4. I am the aunt/uncle/neighbor of a child who needs a helmet, may I place an order?
At this time we are only taking helmet orders from parents. If there is a child you know that needs a helmet, please email a link of this webpage to their parent or guardian.
5. How can I help spread the word?
Send this link to a parent! Please ask (or suggest to us) parenting and safety organization and association websites to post a link to this page.
*We regret to announce that effective January 1, 2012, we are only able to offer helmets to Virginia residents.