If you do not think so, you better double check.
I did not know about TBI until I was diagnosed with a memory deficit, which was connected to a head injury I had in service.
That was in 2006. Since that time, I have battled with VA over a proper diagnosis.
See, the trick VA uses is they try to pigeon hole every veteran into “mild TBI” which is labeled as mTBI. Sometimes, they try to call it “complicated mTBI.”
This is a make believe diagnosis that VA uses to avoid paying more in disability. It exists in the land of unicorns and tooth fairies.
You see, complicated mTBI is not found within the DSM-IV, which is the medical text a VA doctor must follow to diagnose TBI.
Most recently, in my own case, a VA Decision Review Officer claimed that VA does not use or possess any research or criteria to help doctors know how to rate the severity of your injury.
Without a proper set of criteria, VA is then able to maneuver their adjudication to decisions to avoid paying. In my situation, they claimed my doctor did not apply the proper criteria but then claimed they did not know what the correct criteria would be – they just knew my doctor was mistaken….
Just an FYI – if you have received a diagnosis from VA about your TBI severity, you may have been lied to as well.
The fact is, VA, DoD and CDC all possess specific criteria to help doctors know exactly how to diagnose your condition’s severity.
The difference between mild, moderate and severe TBI is significant. Not only are the symptoms somewhat obviously defined, but the monetary payout by VA is substantial.
However, instead of being honest about the injury severity, VA tries to hedge behind crafty wording and poorly written narrative reports from VA doctors.
Here is a breakdown of the disability percentage differences:
- 0% with head injury but no substantial impact
- 10% for mild TBI with no objective testing of impact
- 30% for mild TBI with objective testing
- 70% for moderate TBI
- 100% for total impairment
Rather than beat around the bush this Friday, I’ll just post links to the material.
Check these out and email me if you have been bamboozled by VA: