Often overlooked, a traumatic brain injury can have lasting consequences for affected Veterans. A traumatic brain injury (often better known as a TBI) can be the result of anything from being too close to an explosion or striking your head on an unobserved obstruction. Traumatic brain injuries can have numerous long term medical implications for Veterans that may not manifest immediately.
While these injuries can be caused by accidents or hostile action such as mortars and rocket propelled grenades, they can also be caused by exposure to the shockwave of friendly weaponry. A recent study conducted by the Center for New American Security found that even firing a shoulder-fired weapon can cause a small TBI. These small but repeated injuries can have a cumulative effect on a Veteran and can be compounded by lack of awareness. Many believe that in order to suffer a TBI you need to suffer an obvious physical injury or lose consciousness, but while these often herald a more severe injury, any blow to the head has the potential to cause a TBI. Symptoms are but are not limited to headaches, blurred vision, or nausea. Symptoms can also include memory problems, sleep disturbance, depression, behavioral changes, and numerous other physical and mental impairments.
These symptoms can sometimes take years to become apparent. Veteran’s may not realize they have TBI related symptoms until after they have ended their military career. This can pose a serious obstacle to Veterans who try to get these conditions service-connected. If you believe you may have experienced a traumatic brain injury, or are experiencing any other medical issues as a result of your military service, please call our office and speak with one of our qualified Veterans’ Disability attorneys. Gardberg and Kemmerly is committed to helping injured and disabled Veterans obtain the benefits they deserve. If you need help with a disability claim, call our office at 251-343-1111 or 1-800-332-1529 for a free consultation. Gardberg and Kemmerly is proud to serve Veterans across the country from our home office in Mobile, Alabama. We would love an opportunity to discuss your claim.