Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
TBI refers to any significant trauma to the head. In VA cases, TBI is normally associated with trauma caused by a nearby blast or explosion. Symptoms of TBI can vary, including changes in a person’s ability to think, difficulty with controlling emotions, walking, or speaking, and also impairment of a claimant’s sense of sight or hearing.
Mild TBI often involves short-term change or loss in consciousness. Severe TBI refers to longer periods of both. It is important to keep in mind that, while TBI affects a person’s physical functioning, it also can his or her emotional well being. Insomnia, depression and anxiety are common secondary symptoms of TBI.) .
Migraine headaches are one of the most underrated VA disabilities. The schedule only allows for a fifty (50) percent disability rating for the severest condition: “With frequent completely prostrating and prolonged attacks productive of severe economic inadaptability.” In cases of severe migraines, the best approach is to seek a total disability rating based upon individual unemployability (TDIU).
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
We all know that MS is a very debilitating disease. For VA disability claims, the key question is when did the MS symptoms first manifest. If they can be shown to have manifested during service or within seven (7) years of discharge, then the condition is considered to be service-related. Therefore, early signs of MS are what to look for in proving a MS claim. Multiple sclerosis symptoms generally appear between the ages of 20 and 40. The most common early symptoms of MS include: tingling, numbness, loss of balance, weakness in one or more limbs, blurred or double vision.).
If you are a veteran of the US military and are suffering from a neurological disorder such as TBI, migraine headaches, or multiple sclerosis, contact the Veterans Law Group at 888-811-0523 to discuss your potential claim with one of our attorneys.