For more than 25 years, we’ve all seen and read about the proliferation of deadly road side bombs during the ongoing wars in and around Iraq and Afghanistan.
The detonating Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and the subsequent vehicle crashes and head injuries became the primary cause of what is commonly known as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
As a result, TBI became a signature “invisible wound of war” impacting the health hundreds of thousands of Veterans.
According to the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), TBI often results from a “blow or jolt to the head or an object penetrating the brain.”
As more is learned about the serious problems related to TBI, we now know it includes many more head injuries from earlier wars.
TBI may stem from IEDs, vehicle collisions, physical assaults, and training accidents while in the military. For more information about TBI, visit VA’s website.
Due to significant advances in medical training and diagnostic equipment, more Veterans survive serious blasts, collisions, assaults, and accidents.
The consequences of a TBI may be immediate, such head trauma, wounds, plus the loss of consciousness, vision, and hearing.
The impact may also be long-term, and appear months or years later. This includes headaches, dizziness, problems walking, fatigue, irritability, memory problems and problems paying attention, according to VA.
At Bergmann & Moore we understand the intricacy involved with TBI disability claims, and we work to get you the benefits you earned and deserve.
In many cases, physical conditions may overlap with mental health conditions, such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric diagnoses.
Due to the severity of many TBI and polytrauma conditions, Veterans may also be eligible to receive additional VA benefits, including caregiver support and increased compensation.
We have helped hundreds of Veterans prevail on their TBI disability benefit claims because our staff knows the VA claims system well and we are trained to listen and care.
Bergmann & Moore remains dedicated to helping Veterans obtain the maximum benefits from VA. If you received a VA rating decision that denied benefits related to a TBI, then Bergmann & Moore may be able to assist you with this type of claim appeal. Please contact Bergmann & Moore for a FREE consultation.
There are two important and recent developments regarding TBI that Veterans and caregivers should know about:
In 2013, VA expanded TBI benefits based on scientific research. VA issued new benefit regulations for conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, certain types of dementia, depression, unprovoked seizures or certain diseases of the hypothalamus and pituitary glands.
In 2016, VA offered new TBI benefit exams after several news accounts revealed how VA gave inadequate compensation and pension exams for Veterans suffering from TBI.
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), also referred to as posttraumatic stress or posttraumatic stress syndrome, is caused by experiencing a traumatic event. Even though the event has passed, many people continue to experience symptoms for months or even years afterward.
Once VA grants service connection for a disability, they then assign a rating based on the severity of the condition. The rating assigned correlates with a monetary amount to be paid monthly. In most cases, the veteran is compensated retroactively back to the effective date of the claim. This means that VA must pay the monthly amount for the disability for each month the claim was open, usually awarded in a lump sum, in addition to the monthly benefits going forward.
Veterans who were injured while in the military, or who aggravated those injuries while in the military, may be eligible for disability compensation. In some cases, compensation claims injuries are immediately obvious, such as when a service member is physically injured while on active duty. Other times, veterans don’t experience symptoms until many years after service, such as in the form of a mental health condition or cancer due to exposure of hazardous materials like Agent Orange, Burn Pits, or Asbestos.