Brain injuries can have traumatic – and often life-changing – repercussions. For example, sufferers could have problems keeping their balance or co-ordination, may have reduced cognitive functions, or might demonstrate different emotional behaviours following their accident.
A brain injury can be caused by a number of different incidents, such as vehicle collisions, falls from height, or workplace accidents. However, brain damage is also frequently caused by incidents related to work in the armed forces.
Reportedly, up to 20% of American soldiers sent to Afghanistan or Iraq returned home with mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI). It appears that the majority of these incidents were either caused by a blow to the head or after being exposed to shockwaves from explosives. Sadly, it has been claimed that 15% of these sufferers will never fully recover from their conditions.
Although these figures relate to the American armed forces, a study – published in 2012 – demonstrated that British military personnel are also in danger of sustaining brain damage. Appearing in The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, this research revealed that out of more than 4,600 UK soldiers deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq, nearly 10% of those in combat roles sustained an mTBI.
Yet, it appears that some non-frontline personnel also suffered brain injuries, which suggests that their conditions might have been caused through preventable accidents – if so, this might entitle them to brain injury compensation.
Unfortunately, figures released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) suggest that the organisation is failing to prevent its soldiers from suffering personal injury. For example, in 2007, it was revealed that 80 members of the armed forces had died during accidents – including vehicle collisions, parachute failure, and in adventure training exercises.
In addition, it was claimed that, over a ten year period, almost 800 military personnel had perished as a result of health and safety failures. Consequently, officials urged the MoD to improve its accident prevention measures – a move which might prevent soldiers from sustaining non-combat injuries.
However, these figures only reveal how many personnel died during accidents. Potentially, the number of individuals who sustained personal injury or brain damage due to another person’s negligence could be much higher.
If you sustained a brain injury while working in the armed forces, George Ide might be able to help you claim compensation.
Our team have previously helped numerous sufferers obtain damages for their conditions – and these funds could have potentially recovered lost earnings as well as supplied therapy costs.
To find out more information about making brain injury claims through George Ide, please contact our department today.