Military servicemen and women put their lives and wellbeing on the line every day. Of the variety of potential risks they face, brain injuries as the result of combat and explosives are among the most common.
At Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., we represent military service members, veterans and civilians whose lives have been impacted due to these types of injuries. Our experienced brain injury attorneys understand the significant damage even a minor blast or explosion can cause, and provide professional legal representation to ensure you get the compensation you are entitled to receive.
Brain Injuries Caused By Combat and Explosions
The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) reports that brain injuries due to bombs, landmines, artillery shells, and various improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are among the most common causes of brain injuries suffered by military members. They can occur during training or while deployed, and represent more than half of all combat related injuries suffered by servicemen and women during the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The DVBIC reports there are four different ways in which a blast can result in a brain injury:
- Primary injuries, caused by blast waves, which result in atmospheric pressure changes due to the blast itself;
- Secondary injuries, which result when shrapnel from the blast strikes the service member;
- Tertiary injuries, which occur when the service member is thrown by the force of the blast, hitting their head against the ground or other surface;
- Quaternary injuries, which result from blood loss or oxygen deprivation as the result of other injuries sustained in the blast, or due to inhaling toxic blast fumes.
Military personnel may suffer from one or a combination of several of the above types of injuries, leaving them with impairments that are severe and potentially life threatening.
Our Brain Injury Attorneys Can Assist You
In the immediate aftermath of a blast or explosion related brain injury, the full extent of the damage or impacts may not be immediately apparent. It may take days, weeks, or even months for symptoms to appear, and some may not be attributed directly to the blast injury. Common types of delayed symptoms include:
- Recurrent, severe headaches and sleep disorders;
- Problems with dizziness and loss of balance;
- Difficulty communicating or comprehending what is being said;
- Mood swings, including extreme agitation and bouts of anger or rage.
At Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., we can advise you on how to get the costs related to medical care, lost wages, and other expenses covered, even if it is months after your injury occurred. Depending on the circumstances involved, you may be entitled to compensation through the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, or by filing a lawsuit against at fault parties, whose negligent actions resulted in your injuries.
Have You Suffered A Brain Injury As The Result of Explosive or In Combat?
If you have suffered a brain injury as the result of an explosion or while you were in combat. contact Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. today. Our brain injury attorneys act as a strong legal advocate to protect your rights and interests, while assisting you in getting the compensation you are entitled to recover.