Working in the military naturally involves more hazardous activities than most other occupations.
It is unfortunate, but too often we hear about a roadside explosion that throws a solider against the side of his vehicle, with force that shakes his brain inside his skull. Or, did you hear about the solider on his way to work when his head got thrown forward into the windshield of his vehicle?
At home we hear about a family member who takes a hard fall during a baseball game, hitting his head on the ground. These are different situations with the same results – a mild traumatic brain injury, better known as a concussion.
Traumatic Brain Injury (or TBI) is often called the signature wound of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. It occurs when a sudden trauma disrupts the function of the brain.
Common causes include:
- Explosive devices
- Vehicle or motorcycle accidents
Symptoms don’t always appear immediately; they can take weeks or even follows to show up. TBI injuries fall into several categories, including:
Concussion – A brief loss of consciousness or disorientation ranging
up to 30 minutes.
Damage doesn’t always show up on an MRI or CAT scan. Symptoms include headache,
confusion, dizziness, blurred vision, lightheadedness, ringing in the ears, bad taste in the mouth,
fatigue, behavioral mood changes, memory problems and change in sleep patterns.
Severe Traumatic Brain Injury – Loss of consciousness for over 30
minutes or amnesia.
Symptoms include all of the above, as well as headaches that get worse or do not go away,
repeated vomiting, convulsions or seizures, inability to awaken from sleep, dilation of one or
both pupils of the eyes, slurred speech, weakness or numbness in the extremities, loss of
coordination and increased confusion, and agitation.
Damage to the brain is often widespread and cannot always be detected. Recovery varies by individual and degree of damage. Although immediate medical treatment is necessary in order to stabilize, little can be done to reverse the initial damage. Often surgery is required to repair ruptured blood vessels and bruised brain tissue, as well as any other complications due to brain trauma.
If you were injured in an accident while in the military, you need an attorney who is experienced handling personal injury cases for service members.
Contact the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir Tierney & Weck. We have experience helping clients to secure benefits unique to the military. We will work to protect your rights and provide you with the personal attention throughout your case.
Call us today for a free initial consultation so we can evaluate the details of your unique situation. We will be able to let you know if you have a good case, and the best course of action for you to take. You will not have to pay any legal fees unless you win your personal injury case. It’s best that you do not wait to proceed with your case, although you can have time to think over your decision before you continue. We understand that dealing with an injury can be traumatic. We want to make sure that you are able to receive the restitution that you deserve. Call us today and see how we can help you.