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Soldiers learning early treatment best for traumatic brain injury

Soldiers put themselves in harm's way on a daily basis, even when not actively engaged in fighting a battle. As a result, they may have a higher risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury than the ordinary citizen. A recent seminar concerning this type of injury was recently held at a military installation. Soldiers from Massachusetts may also benefit from the information that was shared.

Physicians who specialize in neurological health offered soldiers and their superiors an opportunity to learn more about the seriousness of these wounds and the consequences that could follow without proper attention. The emphasis of the conference was on the importance that early intervention plays, especially for the future prognosis of those injured. A delay in medical care could mean the difference between a positive outcome or possibly suffering a lingering ill affect.

One soldier in particular shared his experiences with a traumatic head wound. He had been a victim of a homemade bomb while on duty overseas. As a result of the explosion, he suffered serious injuries to his face and head. However, while he was treated for various wounds, he was not diagnosed as having a brain injury until his spouse made note of the differences in his behavior and general health.

Doctors stress the need for all soldiers to be evaluated whenever a blow to the head has been suffered. Receiving a diagnosis and appropriate medical care is essential to timely treatment and an uneventful recovery. While this particular symposium was geared toward military personnel, any Massachusetts resident who has suffered a traumatic brain injury deserves accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment. It may bear remembering that if the injury suffered was possibly caused by the willful actions or negligence on the part of another party, then the victim may elect to assess the feasibility of pursuing civil litigation, to wit, the filing of a personal injury claim. A successful outcome of such an action may enable the victim to recover monetary damages that, in turn, could be applied to any required care as well as restitution for any financial losses stemming from the injury.

Source: ozarksfirst.com, "Soldiers Get Crash Course in Dealing With Traumatic Brain Injury", Laurie Patton, June 5, 2014

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