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Noble men and women join the United States military knowing that injuries or even death may result from their service. When they return from active duty, they should receive adequate medical care for any service-related injuries.

For instance, many former servicemembers sustain traumatic brain injuries during their time in uniform. Severe head trauma can affect your ability to sleep, balance, move, and think. VetLaw’s accredited team of skilled attorneys can assist you in filing traumatic brain injury claims, measuring your losses, and pursuing appeals in the event of a benefits denial.

Severe Head Trauma Sustained During Military Service

A traumatic brain injury, often referred to by the acronym TBI, can result from any direct blow to the head or neck which causes the skull to whip back and forth. Severe head trauma involves physical damage to the brain and can range from concussions which fully heal to permanently impaired cognitive function.

Active duty servicemembers may be exposed to explosions, truck crashes, falls from great heights, or training accidents involving heavy machinery. A VA-accredited lawyer can help you provide accurate and up-to-date documentation of a service-connected injury for severe head trauma claims if Veterans Affairs denied your initial application for benefits.

Pursuing a Claim for a Traumatic Brain Injury

The Veterans Disability Compensation Program offers benefits to former servicemembers who suffered injuries while on active duty. If a veteran’s condition is severe enough to impact their civilian life, the VA may recognize service connection and provide disability compensation.

However, there are standards that applicants must meet to qualify for these benefits. For example, it is essential to establish that a condition is a direct result of an incident which took place during active duty service. Brain injuries which occur while in combat, in training accidents, or even while serving in an office setting could form the basis of a successful claim for disability benefits.

An applicant must also prove that their condition negatively affects their civilian life. For instance, if a brain injury affects a veteran’s ability to speak, it could be considered a disabling condition. Other qualifying symptoms include:

  • Chronic imbalance
  • Night terrors
  • Impaired mental capacity
  • Seizures
  • Headaches
  • Tinnitus

Finally, a former servicemember must have been discharged under honorable conditions in order to qualify for benefits from the VA. Providing a copy of a DD214 form should be sufficient evidence for this portion of a traumatic brain injury claim.

Let an Attorney Help You with Traumatic Brain Injury Claims

Serving in the military involves many health risks, not least of which is the potential to suffer traumatic brain injuries. Severe head trauma can result in concussions, a permanent impairment of cognitive functions, and irreparable brain damage. Oftentimes the residuals of a TBI may not be recognizable until years after active duty service ends.

If you sustained a brain injury while serving on active duty which affects your civilian life, you may qualify for entitlement to service connection and receive compensation through VA’s disability benefits program.

VetLaw’s team can help you pursue traumatic brain injury claims if the VA denied your initial application. For help with understanding the elements of a claim, filing updated paperwork, and challenging the VA’s decision, contact a lawyer today and make an appointment.