According to a recent study, the majority of U.S. troops diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) since the beginning of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars have continued to experience “significant symptoms and problems” five years after their initial injury.
Despite efforts, there have been funding issues for this 15-year TBI study, and because of that it has had a very slow start. The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), who were charged by Congress to conduct the study, has not received any money specifically for the project, which will cost a total of $37.1 million.
Along with financial struggles, the DVBIC criticized Congress for limiting the 1,000 personnel enrolled in the study to active duty personnel. This restriction was the result of Pentagon requirements limiting medical research for troops to a program that requires them to receive treatment exclusively in military hospitals or under TRICARE insurance during the course of the study.
Caring for troops diagnosed with TBI should not have a price limit. U.S. troops often sustain traumatic brain injuries from bomb and mine blasts while in the line of duty, and Congress should not deny their soldiers the benefits of this research.
Dealing with a traumatic brain injury can be frustrating because it is often hard to detect. Victims of traumatic brain injuries often exhibit behavioral changes and other warning signs, but may otherwise appear physically healthy.
If you or a loved one has suffered a head trauma or TBI, contact our Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia injury attorneys today at (202) 659-5500 for a consultation on how we can assist you in recovering compensation for your injury.