Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) residuals are ongoing problems you might have after a head injury.
These can affect your thinking, feelings, or body functions.
They matter a lot for veterans applying for VA disability benefits.
Symptoms and Diagnosis of TBI Residuals
- Cognitive Symptoms: Trouble remembering things, focusing, or paying attention.
- Emotional/Behavioral Symptoms: Feeling anxious or having quick mood changes.
- Physical Symptoms: Experiencing seizures or difficulty with balance.
To get VA benefits, a specialist like a neurologist or psychiatrist must confirm you have TBI.
Your Path to VA Disability Claims
- Service Connection: You need to show your TBI is linked to your military service. Keep records of any head injuries during service.
- Medical Nexus: Your doctor should say it’s likely your TBI came from your service. It doesn’t have to be 100% certain, just more likely than not.
The VA’s 10-Category Rating System for TBI Residuals
Your TBI is evaluated in ten different areas.
These areas look at how the injury impacts your daily life and abilities:
- Cognitive Abilities: Checking your memory, focus, planning skills, and ability to adjust to changes.
- Judgment: Evaluating if you can make sound decisions.
- Social Skills: Observing how well you interact with others.
- Orientation: Understanding if you’re aware of your surroundings and time.
- Motor Skills: Assessing your ability to do physical activities you’ve learned before.
- Visual-Spatial Skills: Seeing if you have trouble navigating even in well-known places.
- Subjective Symptoms: Identifying symptoms like panic attacks that can’t be measured objectively.
- Neurobehavioral Impact: Looking at changes in your motivation and behavior.
- Communication: Determining how well you can speak or write.
- Consciousness: Checking for severe conditions like coma or vegetative states.
The VA’s Disability Rating Scale
The VA rates TBI residuals on a scale from 0 to Total:
- 0%: Normal functioning, no apparent issues.
- 10%: Mild impact on daily life.
- 40%: Moderate difficulties.
- 70%: Severe challenges in functioning.
- 100%: Total impairment.
If any category is rated as “Total,” the VA will provide a 100% disability rating.
Otherwise, the highest rated category determines your overall rating.
For example, if you have ratings in three categories — 1 for Judgment, 3 for Communication, and 2 for Orientation, the VA will assign a 70% rating, as 3 is the highest.
The higher the rating, the more disability pay you can get.
Understanding TBI residuals is important for getting the right VA benefits.
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