Depending on the extent of the damage, veterans are eligible to receive up to a 100% disability rating for Traumatic Brain Injury.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) often results from sudden impact or trauma to the head, which causes damage to the brain. Explosive devices, falls, and motor vehicle crashes frequently generate TBI. The symptoms vary widely and can appear immediately following the incident or up to months or weeks after. The severity of TBI can range from short-term loss of consciousness, to long term memory loss and severe brain damage. Many recent studies show a link between PTSD and those who suffer from TBI. According to the VA, symptoms are divided into three main categories: physical, cognitive, and behavioral.
Many cases involving TBI patients require medical expertise and substantial documentation. Often, the VA does not properly evaluate TBI claims, and fails to fully address the long-term symptoms associated with the illness. It is best to contact a professional who has experience with TBI-related cases. Sean Kendall's office has worked with veterans claims for over 20 years. If you have questions about a TBI-related claim, contact us.
In December 2013, the VA announced new rules that veterans with TBI would also receive presumptive service-connection for additional disabilities caused by TBI. These additional presumptive disabilities include Parkinson's disease, dementia, seizures, and certain diseases of the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. Veterans will not longer be required to provide medical evidence that such disabilities are secondary to TBI, they will automatically be presumed to be secondary. These rules go into effect in January 2014.