Neurological Disorders Veterans
Veterans may suffer from a range of conditions due to their service, and neurological disorders can be some of the most debilitating. Injuries that affect the brain can have far-reaching consequences that present permanent disabilities to the service member; if untreated, some neurological disorders may worsen.
Did you sustain a head injury or damage to your brain while serving our country? You may be entitled to veterans disability benefits for your injuries. If your claim was denied, Vets National Advocates is here to help.
Types of Neurological Disorders
The following types of neurological disorders are some of the most commonly experienced by service members:
Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Any significant trauma to the head can cause TBI. In veterans, it is typically associated with a nearby blast or blow to the head. Symptoms can range from difficulty communicating, thinking or controlling emotions to physical impairments.
Insomnia, depression and anxiety are all prominent secondary symptoms of TBI.
The VA has linked peripheral neuropathy with exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides. Symptoms include tingling, numbness or prickling in the toes and fingers at the onset of the condition, and severe throbbing or burning pain that worsens at night.
Often overlooked as a disabling condition, migraines can result in un-employability if they are severe enough to interfere with normal activities of daily life. Depending on the circumstances of the individual veteran’s condition, veterans may be able to recover disability compensation for migraines if they can establish a connection to their military service.
Epilepsy can result from head trauma. Epileptic seizures can strike without warning and vary in severity. Veterans who sustained a TBI may develop epilepsy. The link between head trauma and seizures is so well known that the VA established special epilepsy centers within the VA system six years ago to help veterans cope with the condition.
Paralysis can be total or partial, and results from injury to the spinal cord. When the spinal cord is damaged it can no longer send messages to the brain. Veterans can receive benefits and compensation for paralysis, though the amount awarded may vary according to the service member’s degree of disability.
Multiple sclerosis (MS)
MS can present a variety of symptoms. Veterans suffering from this neurological disorder may experience fatigue, mood disorders, changes in memory or cognitive ability, numbness, pain and motor problems.
Filing a Claim for a Neurological Disorder
Veterans with neurological disorders often face two main obstacles when attempting to recover the compensation that’s owed to them.
First, the veteran must prove that the neurological disorder they are suffering from came from their service; second, they must prove that the injury is severe enough to warrant disability benefits.
If your claim for disability benefits was denied, our advocates will fight for the maximum amount of benefits and compensation owed to you.