Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Brain Injury VA Disability Lawyers Kalamazoo, MIYou may have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after a violent blow to the head. If you’ve been wrongly denied VA compensation for TBI, call our office as soon as possible.

Our VA disability lawyers in Kalamazoo, MI will be able to help you file an appeal so you can receive the VA disability benefits you deserve. Traumatic brain injuries are one of the Trademark Injuries Associated with the Gulf and Afghanistan Wars (38 CFR 3.310 & 4.124a). Please contact our law office today with any additional questions you may have regarding your case.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A TBI may happen from a blow or jolt to the head or an object penetrating the brain. Following the brain injury, an individual may experience a change in consciousness that can range from becoming disoriented and confused to slipping into a coma. The person might also have a loss of memory for the time immediately before or after the event that caused the traumatic brain injury.

The severity of a TBI is often determined immediately following the injury and is categorized as mild, moderate, or severe.

Factors used to determine the degree of severity include the following:

  • Length of the loss of consciousness
  • Length of memory loss or disorientation
  • How responsive the individual was after the injury (e.g. ability to follow commands)

The particular classification used to designate the severity of an individual’s TBI can be somewhat arbitrary. Classification is mainly used as a tool to determine the likelihood of recovery. Call our law firm today if your claim for VA disability benefits has been denied, despite having a service-connected traumatic brain injury. Our Kalamazoo VA disability lawyers are ready to help you appeal the initial decision so you can receive VA compensation for TBI.

How Does the VA Evaluate a Traumatic Brain Injury?

The VA looks to 3 main factors when assessing the degree of impairment following a TBI:

  • Cognitive impairment
  • Emotional/behavioral dysfunction
  • Physical changes

The VA will look at the severity of your TBI symptoms to determine what disability percentage to award.

What are Presumptive TBI Illnesses?

The VA was under scrutiny as to how it understood and rated symptoms of TBI. Outside pressure led to new regulations regarding TBIs. Under the new regulations, a veteran with TBI and diagnosed with the following conditions may have an easier time receiving VA disability compensation:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Unprovoked seizures
  • Certain types of dementia
  • Depression
  • Hormone deficiency disease

Have you been denied benefits for a TBI? Do you have service-connected TBI with one of these additional diagnoses? A mistake at any point during the adjudication process may result in you not receiving the benefits you deserve. Fortunately, our brain injury lawyers will be able to help you avoid any mistakes while filing an appeal.

To request a consultation with one of our veteran disability lawyers in Kalamazoo, MI, call the VA Disability Group at 1-844-VET-LAWS (1-844-838-5297).