Traumatic Brain Injury: Co-occuring Conditions Toolkit for Veterans Diagnosis
Roadside explosive devices, vehicle accidents, and many other combat-related incidents can cause soldiers to suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which, in many instances, isn’t detected until years later when a veteran experiences headaches, vision impairment, or cognitive disorders. To help aid in the diagnosis and treatment of mild TBI, the Department of Defense (DoD) developed the Co-occurring Conditions Toolkit: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychological Health Program.
The program is a combination of printed materials and a mobile device application that can help primary care providers better assist disabled veterans suffering from a mild TBI. Resources available include guidelines and recommendations for specific conditions, definitions, causes, and effective first appointments.
Many veterans suffer mild TBI during combat that can often qualify them for veterans’ disability benefits, but only when the symptoms are diagnosed by a doctor as TBI and the veteran is evaluated for a disability rating. With better diagnostic tools available to health care providers disabled veterans may find it easier to get the disability rating they deserve.
A survey is also now available online for practitioners who have used the app to give their feedback to help improve the program so that a veteran is accurately diagnosed so that he or she can get the rating they need.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.