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How is a Virginia veteran's traumatic brain injury handled?

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Often, in the aftermath of a Virginia accident, it can appear that the victim is physically unharmed. In the past, it might have been presumed that such a person was indeed unaffected by the accident. But, it is now a common practice to examine the individual because the person may have suffered some sort of closed brain injury, which is rarely apparent on the surface. This is a common reaction from whiplash of the neck.

Closed brain injuries are also known to occur among veterans, although the possible effect may be recognizably similar to that seen in civil accidents with delayed symptoms, such as nausea and dizziness. Also, it is likely that such an injury may have caused some internal damage, including the tearing or rupturing of brain tissue. Such a wound can have both physiological and psychological consequences.

Given that psychological trauma can stem from other kinds of stress as well, diagnosing a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is never easy. This further impedes the process of treating the patient and helping him or her recover. It may then be necessary for the person to undergo some kind of rehabilitation as well. So it is important to understand that TBI does not have a well-defined set of classic symptoms.

Physicians treating TBI often look at when the patient starts experiencing symptoms, which might be crucial in making an exact diagnosis. While the original injury itself needs to be examined, it is more important to monitor the way the patient progresses. A relapse of earlier symptoms, for instance, can be a sign that the injury has affected the patient in more ways than one.

Source: VA.gov, "Public Health: Traumatic Brain Injury VHI," accessed on Oct. 10, 2014

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