Veterans With TBI
Traumatic brain injury is a serious health issue that affects active military members and veterans. Our nation's current military engagement in locations throughout the world presents a serious risk of TBI and other injuries to our troops. In fact, traumatic brain injury is considered the "signature" wound of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, with most of these injuries sustained in IED explosions.
Causes of TBI in Military Members and Veterans
Many routine military operations and training exercises are physically demanding and, often inherently dangerous. Furthermore, active members of the military are increasingly deployed to hostile environments with high risks of blasts from land mines, suicide bombers, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), grenades, mortar rounds and more. In fact, blasts are the number one cause of traumatic brain injury in active military personnel. Other causes of TBI in the military include vehicle accidents, falls, and assaults.
In addition to combat-related causes of TBI, service members and veterans can also sustain a traumatic brain injury in garrison and during leisure activities including motorcycle riding and outdoor activities.
Symptoms of TBI in Soldiers
According to a New England Journal of Medicine Study published in 2005, soldiers with TBI often have symptoms that affect many aspects of brain function. These can include:
- Sleep disturbances
- Light and noise sensitivity
- Cognitive changes in attention, memory, problem solving and language
- Emotional and behavioral changes including depression, anxiety, impulsiveness, mood swings and more
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is also common in troops with TBI
Long Term Consequences of TBI in Military Service Members
According to a 2008 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, troops with mild traumatic brain injury, especially those who suffered a loss of consciousness, were significantly more likely than troops with other injuries to report the following:
- Poor general health
- Workdays missed
- Increased medical visits
- High rates of somatic and post-concussive symptoms
Furthermore, this study indicated that soldiers with TBI have a high risk of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and physical health problems 3 to 4 months after returning from active deployment.
Legal Rights to compensation for TBI
The VA changed its disability rating for TBI veterans in 2008, increasing the compensation available to veterans with a traumatic brain injury. If you are a military veteran with a service-related traumatic brain injury, you may be able to recover thousands of dollars in monthly disability benefits. Contact us to learn more about your legal rights to compensation.