Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Veterans’ Disability Claims

Sadly, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has become one of the more prominent injuries suffered by veterans of the War on Terror (War in Afghanistan / War in Iraq). Although veterans of all wars have suffered from Traumatic Brain Injury, the widespread use of IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) has exposed soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq to a higher rate of the type of blasts that can cause TBI. According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, nearly 30% of all combat-related injuries seen at Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 2003 to 2005 included brain injury.

Cases of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (sometimes referred to as a concussion) may include symptoms such as temporary disorientation/memory loss, headaches, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, sleep disturbances, and anxiety. The symptoms of mild TBI may be seen immediately, or they may not appear or be diagnosed for months or even years.

Cases of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury may include extended periods of unconsciousness, amnesia, altered mental states, and neurological deficits (sensory loss, vision problems, paresis, paralysis). Both mild and severe cases of TBI can have an enormous impact on the lives of veterans and their families.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will pay disability compensation and health care benefits to veterans diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injuries. However, each veteran must prove that he or she is suffering from TBI, including providing medical evidence of TBI such as doctor and hospital reports.

At the Law Offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates Ltd., we are experienced disability claims attorneys. Harold W. Conick has been accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to represent veterans in their disability claims, and he is a member of the National Association of Veterans’ Advocates. We understand what the VA is looking for when evaluating claims, and are here to be your tough advocates regardless of the level of your appeal.

We also realize that this is a difficult time, and are here to answer your questions. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today.