In recent years, nearly all of us have become much more aware of the dangers and the prevalence of traumatic brain injuries. The number of people diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury has exploded over the past 10 years, and that is likely due in large part to the fact that more people are aware of the reality that they need to obtain medical attention after suffering what may seem like even a minor blow to the head. That same trend has been playing itself out more recently with soldiers returning from combat zones, and that trend is not a positive one by any stretch.
The federal government recently completed research regarding the number of military veterans who return home from combat having suffered some sort of head injury, and it found that 20 percent, or one out of every five, suffered a head injury while deployed. Even more surprising was the fact that these head injuries were suffered because of explosive blasts and not necessarily because of direct blunt force trauma or collisions. Given that statistic, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston is taking action by conducting intensive research on the potential long-term effects of these concussive blasts.
The center has already published a list of potential symptoms that soldiers returning from combat should watch out for as they return home, particularly if they have been around repeated explosions and suffered repeated 'minor' concussions. These symptoms include:
- Memory loss
- Unexplained depression
- Difficulty concentrating
- Unexplained mood swings
- Difficulty recognizing otherwise familiar things
The Veterans Affairs Medical Center is advising anyone who may be experiencing these symptoms to seek medical attention as soon as possible, as the earlier someone receives medical help the better off they are going to be in the long run. While there is still much to be learned about the possible costs faced by people in this position, that much is already known about those who have endured repeated blasts.
While this study and the ongoing research are both centered on military members, this information should obviously be put to use by civilians as well. Even though the statistics regarding the number of soldiers returning home who have been through multiple blast-caused head injuries are startling, they are still lower than the number of people who suffer traumatic brain injuries because of car accidents, slip and fall accidents and other causes.
We have been serving clients as traumatic brain injury lawyers for decades, and we have seen the damage that can be done to a person both in the short and the long run by this injury. It is painful, confusing, terrifying and extremely stressful both for the person who has been injured and for his or her family and friends. If you or someone you love has been injured in this manner because of the negligent or reckless actions of someone else, contact the Scarlett Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.