Photo of attorney Steve Louis-Charles

Support Through Every Step Of Your Case

Facts about traumatic brain injuries for veterans

On Behalf of | Aug 18, 2022 | Personal Injury

Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the United States. It’s important for veterans to understand the seriousness of traumatic brain injuries because they could have a lasting negative impact on their lives.

Undetected

Traumatic brain injuries often go undetected in veterans because they don’t realize that they need a checkup. Any impact to the head, regardless of how minor it seems, might cause a traumatic brain injury. It’s a good idea to observe your symptoms for a few months after a blow to the head. Some TBI symptoms take weeks to months to appear. Common symptoms of traumatic brain injuries include headaches, blurred vision, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, hearing loss, difficulty focusing, memory loss, anxiety, depression and irritability.

Possible causes

Common causes of TBI in veterans are a blow to the head during close combat, a nearby explosion causing an impact on their head, a jolt to the body and a vehicle crash. Blasts are the cause behind around 60% of TBIs in military personnel. Blast injuries often cause brain swelling, bleeding and cell damage because of the shockwaves they create. Exposure to explosions could also cause you to develop PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Sleep disturbances, such as not sleeping enough and having difficulty falling asleep, are common problems among those who have a TBI as well, particularly in those with an undiagnosed brain injury.

“Mild” might not actually be mild

The severity levels of a traumatic brain injury are misleading because even so-called mild TBIs could be serious. You may need to rest and avoid or limit activities for a while to recover. Failing to follow your doctor’s orders could result in worsening your traumatic brain injury. You could develop lifelong debilitating symptoms.

It’s a good idea to get a checkup after an impact to the head. The brain is delicate and could sustain a serious injury.