How To Secure A Service-Connected Disability For TBI
First, what is a traumatic brain injury
(TBI)? TBI is defined as a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function
of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in TBI.
The severity of
such an injury may range from “mild” (a brief change in mental status or consciousness) to “severe”
(an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after an injury).
TBI can result in
short or long-term problems with activities of daily living (ADLs).
What Causes TBI?
As a veteran of the Armed Forces, you have
encountered many situations that may have caused TBI or exacerbated an already existing condition. Common causes of TBI to
veterans are bullets, fragments, blasts, falls, motor vehicle-traffic crashes, assaults, and physical training accidents.
some of the signs and symptoms?
The signs and symptoms of TBI can be subtle.
People may look fine even though they may act or feel differently. The following are some common
signs and symptoms of TBI:
· Difficulty remembering, concentrating or making decisions
· Slowness in thinking, speaking, acting or reading
Getting lost or easily confused
· Feeling tired all of the time, having no energy or motivation
Mood changes (feeling sad or angry for no reason)
· Changes in sleep patterns (sleeping a lot more or having a hard time sleeping)
Light-headedness, dizziness or loss of balance
· Urge to vomit (nausea)
Increased sensitivity to lights, sounds or distractions
· Blurred vision or eyes that tire easily
Loss of sense of smell or taste
· Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
Should Do to Secure Your Claim
At this point, you may be asking yourself
if you have TBI. You may have determined that you have TBI. If so, now that you know
a little about TBI, now is the time to learn a lot about the process of securing your TBI claim.