New Medical Treatment for TBI

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is one of the most common injuries suffered by service members.  Over 300,000 traumatic brain injuries have been diagnosed since 2000 according to the  the Department of Defense.  TBIs affect a veterans memory and the ability to perform normal tasks that most people take for granted.  TBIs can also lead to the development of other conditions including seizures, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and depression.  A VA study recently showed a link between brain injuries and the development of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Prostheses for Traumatic Brain Injuries?

Because of the prevalence and serious consequences of TBIs, it is good to know that doctors and other scientists are working to develop treatments to improve function for veterans and other individuals who have suffered a TBI.  According to an article on the Department of Defense website, one exciting new idea being developed  is a “neuroprosthesis”.  The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working to develop wireless implantable brain prostheses to help treat traumatic brain injuries.  It appears that these implants would attempt to repair the gap in memory function that was caused by the TBI.  In that sense, they are very similar to a leg prosthesis that allows an injured veteran to walk after a leg amputation.

Currently, this project is being developed over four years with involvement from teams at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California, Los Angeles, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  Hopefully, this research will lead to effective medical treatments that allow TBI victims to recover much, if not all, of the functioning they have lost.

What if I have more questions about my VA claim?

I understand you want your VA claim to be done as quickly as possible. But remember the ultimate goal – to win your VA disability compensation claim.

You may eventually get there on your own, but it may be after a series of decisions by the Regional Office and Board of Veterans Appeals. Sometimes claims are appealed and remanded several times, which can cause a claim to drag on for years. If you are interested in avoiding unnecessary delay in your claim and want to do everything you can to maximize your chances of success, it is probably a good idea for you to consult with an accredited veterans disability attorney.

We would be happy to talk to you. If you would like a free consultation with our Perkins Studdard veterans disability attorneys just click here or give us a call to begin the process.

Travis Studdard is an attorney who focuses on representing veterans in VA disability compensation claims.  He regularly writes about issues that are important to veterans and their families.

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