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Benefits for Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens when someone suffers a sudden trauma to the head, such as sharp blow, a concussion or an injury that penetrates into the brain. The resulting injury disrupts the normal functioning of the brain.

Whether the person suffers a TBI depends on the severity of the trauma. TBIs are classified as mild, moderate, or severe, depending upon just how much harm results to the brain.

At Jackson & MacNichol, we represent veterans who are suffering from brain injuries, and we can help if you’re interested in a professional consultation before filing your claim. There is no charge for your initial meeting with a member of the firm, including a discussion and evaluation of your potential claim. Call us today at (800) 524-3339 so that we can begin discussing your claim.

As explained by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a person with a mild TBI may remain conscious or may experience a loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes. Other symptoms of a mild TBI include headache, confusion, lightheadedness, dizziness, blurred vision or tired eyes, ringing in the ears, bad taste in the mouth, fatigue or lethargy, a change in sleep patterns, behavioral or mood changes, and trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking. A person with a moderate or severe TBI may show these same symptoms, but may also have a headache that gets worse or does not go away, repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures, an inability to awaken from sleep, dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes, slurred speech, weakness or numbness in the extremities, loss of coordination, and increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation.

Members of the military are at a higher risk of suffering a TBI than members of the general population. The risks are both combat- and non-combat related. The military’s operational and training activities routinely involve physical demands that place soldiers in situations where head trauma might happen. Combat operations, of course, put soldiers into situations where they can suffer trauma from blasts (such as from mortar rounds, grenades, land mines, improvised explosive devices, and even suicide bombers), bullets and flying fragments, and assaults.

Most people who suffer a mild TBI recover on their own. For moderate and severe TBIs, however, the results of the trauma to the brain can result in long-term health issues and disability.

In late 2008, the Department of Veterans Affairs updated its procedures for evaluating TBIs in service members, with the possibility for increased disability compensation in some cases. The VA’s statistics showed that 22,000 veterans were being compensated for TBI; more than 5,800 of those were veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The VA’s attempt to better identify and address the needs of veterans suffering from a TBI is commendable. But the fact remains that proving your entitlement to TBI disability benefits can be a complex and drawn-out process, where professional guidance and assistance are more important than ever. Like other veterans’ disability claims, a veteran seeking compensation for a service-connected TBI can expect a review of his or her medical records, medical history, one or more physical examinations, and diagnostic and clinical testing to determine the extent of injury.

If your claim has already been denied, it’s critical to obtain professional advice or representation in order to ensure that you have the best possible chance of not only obtaining benefits, but getting the maximum benefits to which you’re entitled.

At Jackson & MacNichol, that’s what we do. Contact us today to discuss your situation, and we’ll get started helping you on your way to recovering the TBI disability benefits that you deserve. You can reach us toll-free at (800) 524-3339. For veterans in the Portland, Maine, area, our local number is (207) 772-9000. Our email address is [email protected].

Contact us now – the sooner we hear from you, the sooner we can begin helping you.


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