According to the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), TBIs often result from a “blow or jolt to the head or an object penetrating the brain.” TBIs can be caused by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), vehicle collisions, physical assaults, training accidents, or due to combat injuries.
Recent research shows that both head injuries and full-body traumas can cause TBIs and can be associated with or without a loss of consciousness.
The consequences of a TBI may be immediate, such as head trauma, wounds, loss of consciousness, vision, and hearing, and in some cases, the impacts could also be long-term and appear months or years later. Long-term symptoms could include headaches, dizziness, vertigo, problems walking, fatigue, irritability, memory problems, and concentration issues.
Because TBIs can produce both physical and mental health problems, they have become a signature “invisible wound of war,” impacting the health of hundreds of thousands of Veterans. Advancements in medical technology have enabled better standards of care and treatment for TBIs sustained during military service.
In addition, because traumatic brain injuries vary in severity and need for ongoing care, it may be possible for the Veteran to obtain Special Monthly Compensation to assist with these costs.
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