How Much Blast Can An Average Soldier Endure?

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Picture of a brain scan

A picture of a brain scanThis question was posed by Brian Castner, who authored a piece in The Daily Beast about the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) hopes in discovering that answer. Statistics show how important this research is: 20 percent of veterans who were involved in an explosion are coming home with a diagnosis of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Many veterans are not aware that they have a TBI because they have not exhibited any of the symptoms. However, symptoms of a TBI can sometimes take years to manifest.

Castner’s story has some good news though. DARPA’s nearly decade-long foray into studying the effects of explosive blasts on the human body and brain has resulted in the development of a small device called a blast gauge to be worn by all soldiers in combat. The gauge can measure the severity of a blast and warn a soldier and medical personnel if they need a more thorough examination.

Civilians may not be subjected to explosive blasts that are experienced by our veterans, but TBIs occur any time external force alters brain functions. If you incurred a TBI at the hands of a negligent party, contact our firm so we can get you the compensation and help you need.

Doehrman Chamberlain – Indianapolis brain injury lawyers

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