January 9th, 2015|
As more and more soldiers return home from the battlefield, many continue to fight a different battle. They struggle to overcome the injuries and medical conditions that now plague their lives.
Common Medical Conditions Among Veterans
Two of the most regularly reported medical conditions among soldiers and veterans are Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Estimates from the military show as many as one-third of service members return from duty having suffered a TBI, while hundreds of thousands of veterans have been diagnosed with PTSD.
The Correlations Between a Brain Injury and PTSD
Based on symptoms alone, it can often be difficult to tell the difference between a patient who is suffering from PTSD and another who has a TBI. An article from Medscape states a new study has shown victims of both conditions can exhibit mild cognitive impairment and psychological distress.
Determining whether a patient is experiencing symptoms of PTSD or a TBI may only be accomplished through testing. It’s important to know though, that help is available for those suffering from either condition.
Get the Help You Need
The federal government provides former service members with a number of programs to assist them with their needs, including medical care and veterans disability benefits if they are no longer able to work due to their condition. Being approved to utilize these programs can be difficult though and may require legal assistance.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we can help if you’re a veteran in need of compensation for injuries or medical conditions resulting from your time in the military. Call us today at (800) 477-7315 for a free consultation of your case and to learn more about how we can assist you.
July 16th, 2014|
The sooner a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is treated, the higher the likelihood of the patient having a full recovery. A new drug is showing potential in helping TBI victims recover from their injuries, but testing the medication has raised ethical questions in the medical community.
The drug, known as tranexamic acid, is used in trauma centers nationwide to stop internal bleeding in emergency situations. Doctors are now hoping to test the medication on TBI victims to see if it can stop bleeding in the brain after blows to the head. Unfortunately, many of the candidates who could potentially undergo the experimental treatment are unresponsive when they arrive in the ER, leaving researchers no choice but to administer the drug without the patient’s consent to gather data.
An article from The Seattle Times points out that this practice raises some serious ethical questions . Typically, medical staff must receive consent from a patient or their next of kin prior to administering a drug. But the law allows exceptions to this rule if researchers who are experimenting with new treatments make the public aware of their intentions and offer opportunities to opt out of participation.
The problem is there really is no standard as to what constitutes public awareness. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we’re waiting to see how researchers and lawmakers can solve this problem to help ensure a better quality of life for TBI victims.
July 31st, 2008|
July 31, 2008
According to The Herald-Review, an Illinois Police Chief was awarded $2.1 million in damages for his Urbana-Champaign brain injury, which he incurred while setting up for a police training exercise.
The Urbana-Champaign brain injury occurred when the Police Chief fell from the second floor of a building where a stairwell had been previously removed. The Police Chief reported in his Urbana-Champaign brain injury lawsuit that no signs or barricades warning of the staircase removal were present on the day of his accident.
Along with suffering from an Illinois brain injury, the Police Chief also suffered an inner ear injury, fractures to three vertebrae, a torn rotator cuff, a torn bicep, and a broken left clavicle.
The Police Chief has gone through extensive rehabilitation, but as a result of his Urbana-Champaign brain injury and his other injuries, the victim still has back pains, ringing in his ear, and an impairment of taste.
July 22nd, 2008|
July 22, 2008
A bicyclist that was injured in a hit-and-run accident remains in critical condition with a South Bend brain injury.
According to The South Bend Tribune, the man suffered the South Bend brain injury after a vehicle struck him in an intersection while he was on his way to the YMCA.
Initially, the man who suffered the South Bend brain injury was taken to the hospital for non life-threatening injuries. However, over time his condition has worsened, and the man has undergone surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.
The wife of the injured man said she believes her husband’s South Bend brain injury would have been worse had he not been wearing a helmet at the time of his accident.
The driver of the vehicle that hit the bicyclist has been taken into custody and will face a hearing for the Indiana auto accident.
March 27th, 2008|
March 27, 2008
A thirty-two year old woman was beaten with the hatchet side of a hammer by her boyfriend and left for dead, according to the Dayton Daily News.
The Ohio woman suffered a traumatic brain injury and was hospitalized for two weeks after the accident. Her skull had been fractured and her brain was bleeding when officials found her.
As a result of the Ohio brain injury, the woman has lost her sense of smell, her balance, and feeling in her left hand.
The boyfriend faces two counts of attempted murder for the attack on his girlfriend.