Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 12, 2013 - Traumatic brain injury is silent, like whiplash, and hard to diagnose.
“Many of the veterans returning from overseas come home with traumatic brain injury (TBI). You can’t see it, and many times, it remains undiagnosed, until later, or not at all. Troops are exposed on a daily basis to multiple concussive shock waves from improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Many armed forces personnel are only a few hundred yards from these explosions,” said Deborah Barron, a Sacramento brain injury lawyer of the Barron Law Office. Kill zones in war theatres around the world often experience up to one million pounds of explosives dropped every day. There is no escaping the pounding blasts that scramble a brain, even if the person in the midst of the blast waves is wearing a helmet.
Thousands of vets return home missing pieces of the puzzle that is their brain. They cannot remember things, are unable to control their emotions and sometimes do not have the ability to speak coherently. There are no visible scars with traumatic brain injury, no missing limbs, facial scars, limps or missing fingers or feet. The damage is hidden deep in their brains. “Since 2000, there have been over 270,000 troops officially diagnosed with various forms of traumatic brain injury. Many don’t realize that concussions are the beginning of full blown trauma,” added Barron.
Although the records indicate 270,000 diagnosed, many say this number is higher. In fact, a 2008 study suggested 320,000, but that was before the escalation of the use of IEDs in Afghanistan. TBI is a silent epidemic and it is not just happening on the battlefield. It is happening on the playing fields of America, every day, year in and year out. It is affecting toddlers, youngsters, teens, young adults, adults, veterans and professional sports players. It leaves its ugly signature as scarring in the brain that builds up and causes mixed messages to fire off in all directions.
“If there is negligence involved in fielding a concussed player back into a game, and that player sustains TBI, they may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, just as the Armed Forces may be liable for putting troops in the line of fire knowing they would sustain TBI. You need an experienced brain injury attorney to assist you in obtaining fair and equitable compensation,” Barron indicated. Those with brain injuries should also know that they are classified as having a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act and it prohibits employers from treating workers differently.
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