If you have Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), have a loved one who is suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury and the horrific physical and psychological effects, please know that Garfinkel Schwartz law firm and our team of attorneys, paralegals, researchers are empathetic to the challenges that we know that you’re dealing with 24 hours a day.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Month
March is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Month, recognition for a growing problem faced by Civilian Contractors and Veterans who have been injured while working overseas in war zones.
Whether you were involved in an attack by insurgents in a combat zone in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Turkey, Asia, Africa, Europe, or have a loved one who is injured, Garfinkel Schwartz wants you to know that we are here to help in any way we can. For 40 years we’ve helped contractors and longshoremen regain denied medical care and benefits through the Defense Base Act Law and Longshore Act Law.
To those of you who are reading this and need help in getting treatment, getting medical care, getting tests, after being injured, please contact us. Call us and begin telling us and if not us, another attorney or law firm about what happened to you. There are laws to help you get the medical care that you so desperately need.
We Cover Medical Evaluations
Garfinkel Schwartz is particularly familiar with the challenges involved in working through the medical and health care system. Anyone who has had to fight for their personal health, who has had to battle insurance company for coverage knows…there are many layers. We cover medical evaluations to help you get the medical tests you need to identify TBI, care and treatment.
One of the first steps toward getting help is the testing that will identify TBI, and yes, we know this can be outlandishly expensive. Garfinkel Schwartz will cover your upfront medical evaluations.
It’s not treatment, but it is the medical evaluation by doctors of your choosing that Garfinkel Schwartz will cover in advance. We take a chance on your case and we want to help support your efforts in getting the medical care that you need.
We’re committed to helping one family at a time and will do all we can to support your fight for the health care you need to be comfortable, to take care of yourself so that you in turn may take care of your family. As a civilian contractor, a longshoreman who was injured while working whether overseas in a war zone, or on U.S. waters, medical care is imperative to recovery, healing and a comfortable life.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a different injury and experience for every person who is dealing with it. As you and your loved ones are working through treatment challenges, and succeeding and living with TBI, we want to keep you informed about what we learn.
We share stories, news, treatments, tests, research so that as you work on your care, your rehabilitation, your care, your everyday life with TBI that you know what we know.
If there is a story that you would like to share, a new or a traditional treatment, tips, suggestions, words of support, research, care or any resource that you feel would be helpful, please call 1-800-393-2999 or e-mail us at Brian@DefenseBaseActLaw.com
According to the Brain Injury Awareness Association:
- More than 3 Million Americans live with TBI related injuries
- Every 13 seconds someone in the US sustains a TBI
- Common causes for TBI are:
- Falls 40.5%
- Struck by or Against 15.5%
- Vehicle Accidents 10.7%
- Unknown 19%
TBI Symptoms and Issues
People who have had traumatic brain injuries experience a wide range of symptoms and issues. Every single brain injury is different and in a list of issues we do not mean to lessen the severity and individual problems that are experienced by those with TBI:
- Constant Physical Pain & Discomfort
- Temporary and Permanent Memory Loss
- Head Tilt
- Changes in Reasoning Ability
- On-going Psychological Challenges
- Vision Loss
- Blurred Vision
- Sudden Anger
- Anxiety & Irritability
- Light Sensitivity
- Eye Pain
- Confusion, Disorientation
TBI Care and Treatment are Necessary
There are many different treatments, plans of care, therapy, medications, and rehabilitation for every case that occurs. If you or a family member is a civilian contractor or a longshoreman who was receiving medical care, but it was suddenly stopped or diminished by the insurance company, please call a DBA lawyer.
There are many tests to be done and if you cannot get the tests because you were denied medical care an attorney can help determine whether your case can be helped through the Defense Base Act Law.
Garfinkel Schwartz is aware of the extent to which insurance companies will go to deny medical claims. Whatever you do, don’t give up and don’t get discouraged. There is help available. Just make sure that the attorney you work with is a DBA lawyer or a Longshore lawyer because these laws are very specific.
VA Pressured to Answer, Help Veterans with TBI
The Veterans Administration is being pressured by Virginia Senator Mark Warner and a news organization to help veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury get answers.
Warner couldn’t get answers, the station, nor the veteran was able to get answers.
Veterans who believe that they are suffering from TBI after incidents in war zones and tests at the V.A., have waited extensive amounts of time for TBI answers and TBI care.
TV Channel 13 News Now in Portsmouth, Va., investigated the lack of answers, qualified care and assessment by specific medical personnel provided by the V.A. in Richmond, Va., and in Hampton, Va.
A veteran contacted the TV station saying he was not given information more than six months after he was tested for TBI and was unable to get care, treatment or answers from two VA hospitals.
The man said he had a complicated series of medical issues that led him to believe he was suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury following two tours of duty in Iraq including an attack with RPGs, an IED and insurgent attack.
The news channel investigated to try to find out why the Vet was not informed after tests which led to the VA responding with an 800 number to contact for benefits. One call led to others, and hours on the phone with no answers. The VA was contacted by the TV station locally, regionally and nationally with no response to date.
The TV station has found that nationally the same thing is occurring to other veterans who have been tested for TBI.
Will Blood Test I.D. TBI?
The Journal for the American Medical Association has published research by doctors developing what they hope will be blood tests to identify mild and early cases of Traumatic Brain Injury.
The study was published March 28, 2016, by doctors who tested patients with head injuries in Florida, Michigan, West Virginia, Missouri and Maryland.
Testing was done by drawing blood samples throughout the day for seven days from people who in trauma units for treatment after head injuries. Blood tests were done in addition to CT scans traditionally used to identify TBI.
What doctors found was that within hours of the a injury that there are varying levels of ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase L1 (UCH-L1) and of Glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP). Both are released by the brain nerves under duress and found in elevated levels through a CT scan which led to the doctors testing blood levels.
Woman Builds Memories Through Paintings
A woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury is working with her doctor to piece together memories through a series of watercolor paintings.
The woman said she was compelled to paint the same pictures over and again but with differences in colors in every area.
As the woman struggled with terrible side effects from the TBI after being hit in a sports accident, she began to see a therapist to learn how to handle and survive with severe pain, memory loss, nausea, depression, blinding migraines, severe reactions to bright light, a head tilt, and the isolation she began to paint.
By talking about the paintings and what each part of them meant, the woman was able to find a focus other than the horrific physical and mental discomfort she’s experienced. The woman finds comfort and joy in the pictures and surroundings created in the paintings allowing an escape, temporarily from the pain and frustration of the TBI.
National TBI Resources
Here is a list of national organizations that provide information on Traumatic Brain Injury: