Getting What You Need If You’re a Veteran Suffering From a Brain Injury or PTSD
January 9th, 2015|
As more and more soldiers return home from the battlefield, many continue to fight a different battle. They struggle to overcome the injuries and medical conditions that now plague their lives.
Common Medical Conditions Among Veterans
Two of the most regularly reported medical conditions among soldiers and veterans are Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Estimates from the military show as many as one-third of service members return from duty having suffered a TBI, while hundreds of thousands of veterans have been diagnosed with PTSD.
The Correlations Between a Brain Injury and PTSD
Based on symptoms alone, it can often be difficult to tell the difference between a patient who is suffering from PTSD and another who has a TBI. An article from Medscape states a new study has shown victims of both conditions can exhibit mild cognitive impairment and psychological distress.
Determining whether a patient is experiencing symptoms of PTSD or a TBI may only be accomplished through testing. It’s important to know though, that help is available for those suffering from either condition.
Get the Help You Need
The federal government provides former service members with a number of programs to assist them with their needs, including medical care and veterans disability benefits if they are no longer able to work due to their condition. Being approved to utilize these programs can be difficult though and may require legal assistance.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we can help if you’re a veteran in need of compensation for injuries or medical conditions resulting from your time in the military. Call us today at (800) 477-7315 for a free consultation of your case and to learn more about how we can assist you.