Veterans Disability: Army Revises Management Protocol for Concussion Injuries
A common type of injury on the battlefield today is a concussion, and the U.S. Army has spent nearly 2 years refining and enhancing the way its medical professionals handle the occurrence of these injuries, classified as mild traumatic brain injury (TBI).
The current assessment process for diagnosing a mild TBI is done at 4 stages of a servicemembers’ military career:
- predeployment assessment – creates a benchmark to compare future assessments;
- in-theater assessment – immediate review of cognitive and orientation function following a combat injury;
- postdeployment assessment – used to identify cases of mild TBI that were missed during deployment; and
- veteran assessment – required screening when a veteran enrolls in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system.
Veterans who undergo the mild TBI assessment are asked to complete 4 sets of questions that are based on the Brief Traumatic Brain Injury Survey. The survey measures basic signs of a mild TBI and can indicate when a veteran needs further personal assessment by a primary care provider or behavioral health specialist.
If a veteran screens positive for a mild TBI it may be possible for them to obtain a disability rating for benefits, if they can prove the injury occurred due to their military service and it impairs their daily functioning. The evidence to support a combat injury that occurred in the past can be difficult to organize without professional legal help.
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.