Military Veterans and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
May 20, 2020
Memorial Day is approaching. It’s a day we take to reflect on those who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving in our country’s military. We are grateful for this service and will always remember the fallen.
In this blog, we want to take some time to discuss problems facing service members who are still with us. Specifically, the issue of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in veterans of war. Here are a few things to know about military veterans and TBI, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:
1) Veterans who were near bomb blasts may experience faster brain aging, even if the blasts didn’t cause concussions. This could make rehabilitation take longer than it would for others and might lead to issues such as dementia at an early age.
2) Daily tasks may be more challenging for veterans who suffer from a combination of depression, PTSD, and TBI. This is why many veterans need comprehensive, holistic treatment approaches.
3) Repeated blast exposures can lower glucose metabolism in the brain’s cerebellum, which coordinates and regulates muscle activity. Blasts also lead to the build-up of proteins associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
4) Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is often associated with athletes who play football and other contact sports, but it’s also a possible outcome of exposure to blasts.
5) Veterans exposed to blasts from bombs, grenades, and other devices may still have brain damage even if they have no symptoms of TBI.
This is a serious topic that deserves more attention. To read research and information from experts, please review this website: https://www.research.va.gov/topics/tbi.cfm
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The lawyers of Liddon Law Firm work with victims of traumatic brain injuries on a routine basis and understand the physical and mental strain that these injuries cause. We connect our clients with the treatment options and medical care that they need, first and foremost. Each client is treated with utmost respect and patience as we work to recover the compensation they need.