A new study recently released shows that nearly half of veterans show signs of traumatic brain injury or TBI. Half of subjects in the study showed “significant problems” with executive function: 45 percent had learning or memory problems, 42 percent had attention and concentration problems and 24 percent had spatial and perceptual function problems.
According to the Huffington Post article, symptoms also include memory and multitasking; mood problems like depression and apathy; behavior changes like aggression and impulse control; and, most rarely, motor problems like body tremors or difficulty making facial expressions.
The study that the Huffington Post article examines is on Diffusor Tensor Imaging or DTI. This is a form of MRI that maps the diffusion or movement of water throughout the brain to learn about the structures within the brain. Using DTI, researchers are able to map out an image of the brain.
Our firm has handled many cases involving traumatic brain injury to our clients. This often times can come in the form of a car accident or truck wreck.
In one of our cases, our client was traveling through a green light when an Army convoy ran a red light and t-boned our client. Our client was diagnosed with a form of TBI known as a mild traumatic brain injury.
But as many individuals who are diagnosed with an mTBI learn, there is no such thing as a “mild” brain injury. Our client’s speech was slow and she had memory difficulties in trying to find words. Medical experts testified that her concentration was impaired. She reported depression and mood changes. She also had post-traumatic headaches. She did not lose consciousness at the wreck, but she did have post-traumatic amnesia lasting 48 to 72 hours.
For more information on our firm’s traumatic brain injury practice, please visit our practice area page. If you feel you have been the victim of negligence or injury that has caused a TBI, please contact a lawyer immediately to determine if you have any legal recourse.