Traumatic Brain Injuries Happen All Too Often in the Military
Those in the military put their lives on the line every day for their country. Whether it is protecting citizens domestically or serving overseas, they serve the country first before serving themselves.
When people think about injuries suffered by members of the military, loss of limb, shrapnel wounds, and death are often the first things that come to mind. However, one of the most common injuries military personnel experience is traumatic brain injury (TBI).
The Startling Statistics of Traumatic Brain Injury Among Military Members
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other anxiety problems suffered by members of the military have been well publicized, but other issues that affect the brain aren’t talked about much. The following statistics demonstrate just how prevalent TBIs are among our servicemen and women:
- Veterans’ advocate groups estimate that between 10 and 20 percent of Iraq War veterans, or between 150,000 and 300,000 soldiers, have experienced some level of traumatic brain injury. When looking at those who suffered other injuries, the rate rises to 33 percent.
- Improvised explosive devices (IEDs), land mines, mortar rounds, suicide bombers, and rocket-propelled grenades are some of the biggest causes of TBIs among soldiers.
- Close to 12,000 troop members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan received concussions and other traumatic brain injuries because of IEDs.
- TBIs can occur during non-combat exercises in military members, not just overseas combat.
- The most common form of TBI in the military is concussion.
You Fought for Us; Let Us Fight for You
The Morton Law Offices know just how much you risk to protect our country, and we want to help you receive the compensation you should for your efforts and subsequent injuries. Contact us today to learn about your rights regarding your TBI. Call us at 888.716.8021 to schedule your complimentary consultation, or fill out our online form to learn more.