With football season starting, Americans are hearing more and more about helmets specifically designed to decrease the chance of traumatic brain injuries. The studies are not yet clear as to whether any of these even work, and now the United States government has decided to get in on the act with helmets designed to protect our soldiers during explosions and other combat situations.
Unfortunately, the initial reports are worse than underwhelming. In fact, researchers have concluded that these helmets might even increase the risk of serious damage, particularly those models that are designed to protect the jaw and face from shrapnel. With possible re-escalation of combat activities in Iraq, this protection could save hundreds of soldiers from death or disfigurement, if only the design worked.
It’s no surprise that there are challenges when it comes to protecting our soldiers and veterans. The systemic issues with the Veteran’s Administration are the most obvious problem, but there are many others, including:
- Training accidents regularly causing serious injuries and death
- Little to no training for proper recognition of mental health issues
- MRSA outbreaks in barracks and other areas
If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace accident, including in the military, don’t hesitate to contact a lawyer. There is never any guarantee that those in power are looking out for your best interests and the only way you can make sure you get the care and answers you are entitled to is to retain a qualified attorney.