Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can be extremely serious and have a wide range of symptoms and residual effects. Sometimes, the symptoms of TBI are first noticed by a veteran’s friends or family members before they are noticed by the veteran him or herself. There may be issues with short term memory loss, irritability, a constant feeling of being tired, and more. Symptoms may not occur for months after the accident. For veterans, TBI is known as a ‘signature injury,’ most especially for those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Diagnosis of TBI
Medical evaluations generally test for TBI with an MRI and it If you file a claim for service-connected compensation for TBI, a medical opinion noting how long the patient was in an altered state of consciousness, how long they were unconscious, how long they were in a state of amnesia, and then noting their score on the Glasgow Coma Scale, is required as evidence for your claim.
Veterans with mild TBI may not be aware of the precise event that caused their injury. These injuries often occur under chaotic circumstances, such as during combat, and may be ignored when they initially occur. Symptoms may not present themselves until much later on.
A skilled clinician must screen the veteran to make a diagnosis. There can be considerable overlap between symptoms of TBI and PTSD, and some veterans hold both of these diagnoses simultaneously. Documentation of the incident that caused the TBI, a full list of experienced symptoms, and a doctor’s evaluation are all important pieces of evidence needed to file a claim for TBI.
If you experienced a traumatic brain injury during active service and you need help navigating the claims process or need to appeal a denial, contact us at Chisholm, Chisholm & Kilpatrick. With many years of representing service members and veterans around the U.S., we have the experience to help you gain the benefits you deserve. For immediate help, call us at 401-331-6300 or contact us online.