Thousands of British Soldiers may have Undiagnosed Brain Injuries

Gavin Hughes Military Accident Solicitor
Author:
Gavin Hughes
Partner, Military Claims Solicitor
Date:
21/12/2020

The Sunday People reported in January 2020 that thousands of British soldiers who served in Afghanistan and Iraq could be suffering with undiagnosed traumatic brain injuries. This is following reports from experts from the Armed Forces Medical Services of brain injury summit at the Centre for Blast Injury Studies at Imperial College London.

Evidence suggests that Soldiers receiving medical treatment immediately after being involved in an explosion are scanned for bodily injuries frequently, but do not receive referrals for brain scans, unless there are clear, physical head injuries.

Unfortunately, it is known that visible injuries are not a prerequisite to a brain injury diagnosis.  The pressure caused to the brain from an explosion can itself cause damage, even without other injuries being suffered.  In this type of scenario, veterans can be left suffering from the physical symptoms, and other impairments arising from a brain injury without knowing the cause. 

The sooner a brain injury is diagnosed and treated, the greater the possibility of a maximum recovery for the individual affected.

If you served in the British armed forces in Afghanistan or believe you may have an undiagnosed brain injury, get in touch with our Military Claims Solicitors to see if you are entitled to claim for compensation.

Call us on 08002605010 or request a callback and we will help you.

Brain Injuries Found in U.S. Troops

The U.S. Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Centre (DVBIC) reported that more than 400,000 U.S. troops had serious traumatic brain injuries. This is based on those who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq.

From their findings, the DVBIC predict that 20% of soldiers who served in these areas overseas could have serious brain injuries.

Ministry of Defence Deny Diagnosis of Brain Injuries

In the UK, the MoD reported that only 737 British soldiers had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries.

Around 180,000 British soldiers have served in Afghanistan and Iraq in the last 20 years. If the DVBIC are accurate in predicting that 20% of soldiers who served in Afghanistan or Iraq could have serious brain injuries, then there may be many British soldiers with undiagnosed and untreated brain injury.

What are the Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Symptoms of traumatic brain injury can typically include the following:-

  • Dizziness and headaches
  • Lack of energy
  • Difficulty seeing or hearing, or sensitivity to light and noise
  • Changes in taste and smell
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Memory loss and forgetfulness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Personality changes
  • Mood swings

If you served in the British armed forces and are suffering with any of these symptoms, you may be entitled to compensation by making a civil claim. Our Military Claims Solicitors are experts at helping veterans get the compensation and medical treatment they deserve.

If we accept your case, it will be deal with on a No Win, No Fee basis.

Can a Traumatic Brain Injury be Diagnosed Years Later?

In many cases, a traumatic brain injury will be evident through scans years later, or can be diagnosed through neuropsychiatric assessments.  So, if your military career ended some time ago, you could still make a claim.

Although injuries can be detected long after the trauma happens, it’s important that you get medical help as soon as you can if you may be suffering from a traumatic brain injury.

Some of these symptoms are similar to PTSD. By speaking to a medical expert you’ll know if your symptoms were brought on by a brain injury, or by the effects of the trauma causing you to suffer with PTSD.

As with PTSD, treatment is more likely to be effective as close as possible to the date the injury was sustained, so it’s important to get an early as possible diagnosis to achieve the best recovery possible. 

The MoD are responsible for keeping you safe and helping you if you have sustained an injury whilst serving your country. If you have suffered from a traumatic brain injury and you weren’t diagnosed, there may be a claim for damages for personal injury.

We can help you make a claim, which can also help with diagnosis, and treatment.  

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