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Exposure to Blasts May Cause TBI’s in Military Vets Even if They Have No Symptoms

March 14, 2014
Colson Hicks Eidson

In war zones, military personnel are often exposed to intensive explosive blasts, which can lead to symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and eventually long-term brain damage. New research has revealed that veterans exposed to these types of blasts are at risk of damage in their brain’s white matter, even if symptoms are not present. These findings suggest that the absence of a TBI diagnosis does not necessarily erase a veteran’s risk of brain damage from blast exposure.

According to the senior author of the ground-breaking study, Dr. Rajendra Morey, very little is known about how explosive forces from bombs, grenades and other military devices impact the brain, but he described them as extremely high-pressure events.

“From what the military guys tell me, it’s a huge pressure wave, and it happens very suddenly,” Morey told FoxNews. “It kind of stuns you and could confuse you depending on how strong it is. It can knock you off your feet, throw you against a wall or vehicle.”

After being exposed to a blast, many military personnel will experience TBI symptoms, such as losing consciousness, blurred vision and headaches, but some veterans will come away from the experience without any clear signs of injury. More and more studies of professional athletes are revealing that sub-concussive events may have a long-lasting effect on the brain.

What Should I Do If I Am Suffering From a TBI?

The brain is a fragile and important part of our body, and a TBI brings life-long consequences for the victim. Our injury attorneys believe that one thing all TBI victims have in common is that a TBI not only affects the life of the person injured, but also deeply affects the family.

With more than four decades litigating the cases of our clients, Colson Hicks Eidson strives to gain victims of TBI and their families the verdicts and recoveries they deserve. Speak with one of our attorneys today at 305-476-7400. We will fight aggressively in the courtroom to uphold your legal rights and hold the negligent parties accountable for their mistakes.

Did You Know: Doctors often misdiagnose symptoms of a TBI for symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or depression.

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