Q What should I do if I suffer a traumatic brain injury while serving my country?
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been called the signature wound of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. It is often caused by explosives resulting in trauma to the head. Unfortunately, even some of the toughest and best safety equipment the military has to offer can’t prevent soldiers from experiencing this injury.
Symptoms of TBI, such as dizziness, lethargy, memory loss, and ringing in the ears, may not present themselves until several months after the incident occurs, so you may not even know you have an issue for quite some time.
What Servicemen and Women Should Do When They Experience TBIs
Your whole life can change when you’re living with a TBI. However, when you take the appropriate steps, you may be able to make a difficult situation a little bit better. If you suspect you have suffered a TBI, take the following action:
- Receive medical attention. Although all veterans returning from combat are required to receive head injury screenings, it doesn’t mean that all TBIs will be diagnosed. As a precautionary measure, you should receive an examination to test for a brain injury, even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms. Of course, if you have suffered trauma to the head or believe that you may have a TBI, you should receive attention immediately.
- Get the help you need. Some soldiers don’t want to accept help or take the appropriate steps they need to resolve the situation. If the Veterans Health Administration believes you have a TBI, you will have an opportunity to work with a rehabilitation team that will create a plan for your recovery, which may include medication, rehabilitation therapies, learning strategies, and assistive devices.
- Seek compensation. Depending on your injury, you may be eligible to receive veteran disability compensation. However, you may find that obtaining what you think you deserve is quite difficult.
You Deserve the Best
You put your life on the line for the freedom and safety of our country. Because of this, we feel you should receive the absolute best treatment and care. If you believe you are not, contact the Morton Law Offices and we will do all we can to help you through this difficult time.