LegalView Continues Closely Monitoring Developments in Traumatic Brain Injury Research

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A White House panel has recommended significant action to provide better care for veterans with the President. This news comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed in San Francisco two days before, alleging the government has failed in its duty to provide timely, accessible care to veterans with mental health issues. LegalView is pleased that these and other steps may soon get veterans the help they need to treat the "signature injury" of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and reminds readers that they can visit LegalView's TBI portal for this and other news about brain injuries.

A special White House panel on July 25th recommended a significant overhaul to the physical and mental health care provided to returning U.S. troops with traumatic brain injuries, including $500 million or more in recommended annual funding. The news comes just two days after a federal lawsuit was filed in San Francisco alleging serious lapses in the Veterans' Administration's care for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, particularly mental health care, and calling for significant improvements in access to mental health care (Veterans for Common Sense et al v. Nicholson et al, cv-03758, N.D. CA, July 23, 2007). In response to this upswing in attention for veterans facing traumatic brain injuries, LegalView.com would like to remind troops, as well as injured civilians and families, that they can always find free, easily-understood medical and legal information on traumatic brain injuries at LegalView.com's traumatic brain injury information portal.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are blows to the head coming from blunt force or a puncture wound that cause brain damage; more than a million civilians sustain them each year, mostly through falls and auto accidents. According to Rep. Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania, quoted in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 65 percent of the soldiers seen at Walter Reed Army Medical Center have a TBI. The high rate of TBIs among our troops has to do with their repeated exposure to explosions, especially improvised explosive devices. Troops' armor cushions them from hard blows and shrapnel, but the shock waves from explosions still reach the brain, which can cause repeated concussions whose effects build up over time. The resulting injuries can include physical problems, such as seizures or trouble with motor skills; mental problems like memory loss and trouble "finding words"; or even emotional problems like mood swings and personality changes. Often, these symptoms are disguised by the presence of more immediate physical injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder, which often accompanies a TBI. Without full support from the military and the Veterans Administration, troops and their families often find themselves financially and emotionally unable to get the help they need.

Veterans, civilians and their families who are interested in learning more about traumatic brain injuries can visit LegalView.com's traumatic brain injury lawyer information portal for a comprehensive and frequently updated collection of information on the causes, symptoms and treatments for TBIs. Among the resources collected at the TBI portal -- completely free of charge -- are original articles on different aspects of TBI, written for the layperson; a glossary of TBI terms; a collection of government information related to brain injuries; news feeds on the latest brain injury research and issues; pointers to useful Web sites, books and online encyclopedia entries; and a traumatic brain injury blog. In addition, for those families or victims of TBI who think they might benefit from the counsel of a brain injury attorney, LegalView.com provides a free attorney referral service.

The brain injury portal is just part of LegalView.com's suite of comprehensive, informative portals addressing the legal issues that matter to Americans. LegalView.com is also proud to offer a clearinghouse for information on finding an auto accident lawyer, resources for finding a mesothelioma attorney or a construction accident law firm. All of this can be accessed by visitors who are looking for an experienced and sympathetic attorney in their states by taking advantage of LegalView.com's free, confidential attorney referral service.

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