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Traumatic Brain Injury May Alter Behavior

News reports claim that the 38 year-old staff sergeant that recently killed 16 civilians in Afghanistan suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident while deployed in Iraq during 2010.

Given the frequency of attacks with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) that our troops suffer in both Iraq and Afghanistan, traumatic brain injuries have become the typical mental injury (together with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD) of soldiers returning home. The soldier in question suffered his injury in a vehicle roll-over, a kind of accident that sometimes occurs after the explosion of a roadside bomb (IED). In these cases, the victim’s brain suffers injuries from the shockwave created by the explosive device, as well as from impacting any object (walls, the road, etc.) they get thrown at.

Army mental-health specialists claim that brain injuries, even the milder concussions, may trigger irrational acts. However, most experts state that violent behavior cannot be predicted from a traumatic brain injury alone. According to Dr. James Giordano, a Washington based neuroscientist, an individual’s actions after a traumatic brain injury are the result of a complex mix of the person’s genes, personal experience, past medical history and social circumstances.

Traumatic brain injuries, especially those to the brain’s prefrontal cortex, may prompt explosive aggressive behavior even years after the accident that caused them. The prefrontal cortex of the brain controls the mechanisms that allow us to restrain our aggressive or inappropriate behavior. Besides being often suffered by soldiers, this kind of injury is also typical of athletes (especially football players) and motor vehicle accident victims.

Experienced Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers

Our firm recently represented a young lady that suffered an extensive brain injury when her car crashed with an eighteen-wheeler that suddenly (and illegally) made a U-turn in front of her and cut her off. As a result of her injury, our client’s behavior and abilities have changed dramatically, altering her life forever. To learn more about this case and how the lawyers of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano were able to help this client get the compensation she deserved, please watch a video of her participation in the Insider Exclusive and read a transcript of that video.

Greenberg, Stone & Urbano Can Help

With 67 years of combined experience, the lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano are ready to help victims that have suffered any kind of traumatic brain injury as a result of an accident recover the funds they need for their rehabilitation. If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a car accident, a truck accident, an amusement park accident or as a result of any other kind of accident, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases.

Throughout the years, the Miami Dade County Traumatic Brain Injury Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have represented many clients that have suffered traumatic brain injuries. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.

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