June 26th, 2015|
Two of the most common victims of traumatic brain injury (TBI) today are soldiers and athletes. Concussions have risen in high school athletes by as much as 200 percent over the past decade and a similar increase has been reported in collegiate and some professional sports as well. Furthermore, around one-third of soldiers returning from duty overseas are diagnosed with a TBI.
Our Terre Haute brain injury lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that in order to help reduce these numbers, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Department of Defense have partnered to conduct a study on TBI victims.
According to an article from ESPN, the organizations have an estimated 35,000 participants who are collegiate athletes or cadets at U.S. military academies. Those individuals taking part in the $22 million study will be followed for several years not only to determine the frequency at which TBIs occur, but also the impact those injuries later have on the victim’s activities.
The aim of the study is to create better and more efficient injury management techniques.
Our Terre Haute personal injury attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out that it could take years for researchers to draw any significant conclusions. So, in the meantime, both athletes and soldiers should take precautions to help avoid TBIs. One of the best ways for these individuals to protect themselves is by wearing safety equipment, such as helmets.
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.