One of the most common VA disability claims involves traumatic brain injuries. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury that happens after the brain has experienced a substantial blow.
This blow can include either blunt force trauma or a penetrating injury. Because traumatic brain injuries can temporarily or permanently affect your cognitive abilities, it’s difficult to tell when you’re suffering from one.
Here are some characteristics to look out for when you want to determine if you’re suffering from a TBI.
Mild or moderate TBIs cause you to experience a sense of disorientation. Some symptoms of disorientation could be consistent headaches, dizziness, or memory issues. Some physical symptoms could be vomiting or nausea.
If your brain injury progresses, you may experience additional symptoms like fatigue, concentration issues, and mood swings.
Another common characteristic is a constant loss of consciousness. This can happen from minor TBIs like concussions and progress to more severe injuries like a coma.
This can be dangerous because TBI victims could fall asleep after suffering from a head blow and never wake up. It’s also difficult to determine because some health professionals may recommend that rest help a TBI victim.
A persistent loss of consciousness could be a headache that worsens over time or a state of profound confusion. Speak with a VA disability attorney about your symptoms.
The damage to your brain can also affect your senses, especially if it’s the part of the brain that deals with sensory processing. When this part of the brain is altered, you may experience hypersensitivity and stimulation with your senses.
You can experience symptoms like blurred vision, ringing in the ears, issues with smell, or sensitivity to light and sound. In some cases, you may experience a bad taste in your mouth.
Headaches are the most common symptom of a traumatic brain injury. They are one of the most unpredictable symptoms because they can last for a few hours or days. Headaches can be an indicator of something more serious. They can happen after surgery or because blood is collected around your skull.
One of the types of common headaches after a TBI is migraine headaches. These headaches happen because there is a part of your brain that becomes hypersensitive. Some symptoms include a dull, throbbing sensation, nausea, and a pain level ranging from moderate to severe.
After suffering from a TBI, you may experience concentration issues. You may have problems focusing, paying attention, or dedicating attention to more than one thing. It is typical for TBI victims to experience issues with attention, concentration, problem-solving, learning, and memory.
When you have suffered a TBI during active duty, speak with a VA disability attorney at the Comerford Law Office. Our attorneys understand how important it is for you and your family to obtain the necessary benefits. Call our office, or submit our contact form today to schedule a consultation with a VA disability attorney.
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