Canadian Diplomats Suffer Concussion-Like Symptoms in Havana

February 25, 2019, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

Low Angle View of Lighting Equipment on Shelf Concussion and traumatic brain injury can occur without a physical blow to the head or body. We know from battlefield experience that sound waves and blast waves can cause concussive and sub concussive forces to damage the brains of humans.

For over almost two years Canadian diplomats (among others) have complained of concussive symptoms in Cuba. It is being described as ‘Havana Syndrome’ and many of the diplomats suffering say that people have accused them of faking their symptoms. In attempt to downplay the situation.

The issue has culminated in 14 diplomats now suing the federal government for $28 million in damages as compensation for the injuries they sustained while working in Cuba. In their statement of claim they argue that “some government actors suggested the harm was psychosomatic…. that they were faking it.”

The diplomats argue that they and their families’ complaints were ignored by the government, downplayed, and that medical help was not readily accessible. Symptoms that they have and continue to suffer from include concussion like symptoms of migraines, fatigue and memory and hearing problems. Some have suggested that the cause may be some sort of a sonic attack on the embassy. When the diplomats and their families were finally sent back to Canada, they continued to have little support from the government.

American diplomats have also been complaining of similar symptoms, but the US state Department made their cases a priority and immediately evacuated the individuals.

Cuba is working with the Canadian government to determine the source of the problem and deny that they are bugging or attacking the embassies.

Posted under Accident Benefit News, Brain Injury, Concussion Syndrome

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