Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Traumatic brain injury can be caused by explosions, artillery, IEDs and blows to the head. Being thrown from a military vehicle on or off base may also cause TBI. Slip-and-fall accidents on active duty or at home while serving in the military are frequent causes of TBI.
Trauma caused by a physical blow to the head or a penetrating head injury may disrupt the normal function of the brain. A blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth can bounce the brain off the skull, resulting in TBI. In addition, exposure to chemicals, fuels and toxins can cause brain damage.
Unfortunately, TBI is often difficult to diagnose because the symptoms may not present until weeks or months after the trauma that caused the injury. If your TBI falls into this category, you may need a lawyer’s assistance to prove that your injury has a service connection.
Symptoms of TBI
TBI may be classified as mild, moderate or severe depending on the level of neurological disruption or damage caused to the brain.
Even a mild brain injury can have a profound impact on a person’s life. For example, a person with a mild TBI may retain most physical and cognitive abilities, but suffer from clinical depression and personality changes. Additional symptoms of mild TBI may include headaches, confusion, feeling lightheaded or dizzy, vision problems, ringing in the ears, sleeping too much or too little, fatigue and behavioral changes.
Symptoms of moderate TBI may include memory loss, dizziness, convulsions, seizures, persistent headaches, nausea, fatigue, vision problems and sudden loss of consciousness. A moderate TBI may also cause mood disorders or personality changes.
Severe TBI can cause the symptoms of moderate TBI, plus impaired motor skills and speech. In the most serious cases, a severe TBI may result in trouble breathing, unconsciousness, a vegetative state, coma or even death.
Consequences of TBI
Long-term medical care is often necessary for TBI victims. Depending on the severity of the injury, treatment may include rehabilitative therapy and care from specialists such as speech pathologists, physical therapists and neurologists.
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