BONUS-FOR THE VETERAN OF THE VETERAN SHARE OF THE DAY
According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the number of soldiers with reported brain injuries has increased over the past couple years. In fact, an estimated that 22% of the combat casualties from both the Afghanistan and Iraq war come from traumatic brain injuries. Majority of these injuries went unreported as well. Here is the handout the VA gives regarding TBI.
While that number is continually increasing, there is not much hope in being accepted for a brain injury claim. The VA tried to help change that.
Bob McDonald, the VA’s secretary, made a change in the VA last year for service-connected TBI claims. If your initial exam was not performed by a registered medical examiner and you were denied, you could qualify for a re-examination. Your C&P exam must be completed by one of the following.
Psychiatrist Physiatrist Neurosurgeon Neurologist
The VA should have already contacted you if you were examined by not a qualifying medical professional if your TBI rating was at 10% or higher. If you have not received notice of this, you can be re-examined and begin compensation from the date of first submitting.
Preparing for your TBI claim
Your examiner will most likely use the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) to screen for a mild cognitive impairment. This test was initially used to test patients with dementia but is now used to check for mild brain injuries. To perform this analysis, there must be evidence that you are suffering from a brain injury. This can be through memory loss, trouble with attention, or performing tasks. On top of that, make sure your injury is connected to service. Read here for basic C&P tips.
If you think that there is any chance you could have a TBI, get it checked out! The longer you wait it can become more difficult to gain necessary medical records and evidence.