It is no secret that Veterans who selflessly serve their country might come home with injuries – both physical and psychological. Veterans often bear the weight of war for years to come, if not for the rest of their lives. Two of the more prevalent, long-lasting injuries you might suffer from are traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). TBIs occur when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain, such as a blast-related concussion. In contrast, PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. Despite their differences, though, TBI and PTSD are frequently rated together when Veterans apply for disability benefits.
TBI and PTSD are often linked, simply because many of the symptoms that appear as the result of a brain injury also overlap with some of the most common reactions occurring after traumatic events. Both TBI and PTSD share some of the same non-specific physical symptoms such as difficulty concentrating, sleeping problems, irritability, anxiety, and general sadness.
Moreover, TBI and PTSD both lack objective tests and are largely diagnosed based on patients’ self-reported symptoms, which again makes it difficult to distinguish between the two.
While TBI and PTSD undoubtedly share many of the same symptoms, they also have key differences that set them apart. Some of their most notable differences are as follows:
If you are looking to receive separate ratings for TBI and PTSD, you need to be able to distinguish which of your symptoms are caused by each condition.
At Jan Dils Attorneys at Law, we know just how difficult it can be to receive the benefits you earned by serving America. We help Veterans around the country get those benefits. To ensure you can access the services you need, and the care you deserve, we offer our services at a contingency, meaning we only take a fee if we obtain a successful outcome for you. If we do not recover for you, you owe us absolutely nothing. To get started on receiving the care you deserve, call us and schedule a free evaluation.