Veterans Developing Traumatic Brain Injury from Explosion Exposure
Attacks from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and other jarring explosions during combat can cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI) without any visible external wounds. After investigating the post-mortem records of several veterans, researchers have discovered a number of them suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This often disabling disease is commonly seen in athletes who suffer frequent concussions and it’s now becoming more apparent in combat veterans.
CTE is often mistaken for Alzheimer’s disease, which is also a disabling condition recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Veterans who suffer from CTE often experience symptoms of cognitive impairment, dementia, and brain cell death.
The Department of Defense has been focusing on improving immediate care for soldiers in the field who have been in close proximity or directly hit by an IED. Health care professionals are now claiming that even a single blast can pack enough force to increase the risk of a veteran developing CTE, which is why better evaluation and treatment for head trauma needs to be given to active duty soldiers.
When a soldier is involved in active combat they can sustain a TBI without realizing it, until the symptoms manifest years later. Veterans who suffer from mental health issues and impairment should talk to a veterans’ disability representative to begin the process of obtaining a disability rating to qualify for the benefits they deserve.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.