A seizure is a health condition that occurs as a result of a sudden surge of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. A person may experience the following:
- Stiffened muscles;
- Violent jerking;
- Foaming from the mouth; and
- Blanking out.
A Veteran with a reoccurring seizure disorder may be entitled to disability benefits. Types of seizure disorders include the following:
- Convulsive epilepsy;
- Nonconvulsive epilepsy; and
- Seizures, due to traumatic brain injury (TBI).
According to the Mayo Clinic, a TBI happens when the skull is penetrated from a blow to the head. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), TBIs are one of the leading reasons individuals require long-term care treatment. According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), there are over 20,000 military service workers that sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. In addition, many of these veterans suffer from reoccurring seizures associated with their TBI.
Depending on the severity and frequency of a Veteran’s reoccurring seizures, the recovery process can range from hours, weeks, or a lifetime.
Common prolonged symptoms include:
- Blurred vision;
- Temporary loss of mobility;
- Loss of coordination;
- Impaired speech,
- Injury from convulsions, among others.
A Veteran that suffers from reoccurring seizures, especially seizures resulting from a TBI, may be entitled to receive disability compensation from Veterans Affairs (VA) as a monthly tax-free benefit.
If you or a loved one is a veteran that suffers from reoccurring seizures, and is seeking to apply for disability benefits, received a low disability rating, or has had an application for disability benefits denied, it is important to contact an experienced VA lawyer who may assist you or a loved one through the process. Filing an application for veteran’s disability benefits or appealing an application that has been denied, is a complex process that requires the attention of a skilled Veteran’s Affairs attorney.
The attorneys of Sullivan & Kehoe, LLP concentrate their practice in Veterans Disability Law. With over 50 years of combined experience between its lawyers, our attorneys may be able to assist you or a loved one in obtaining disability benefits for reoccurring seizures. Call our office at (800) 395 -7830 to schedule a consultation in our New York City, Garden City, Kings Park, Riverhead, or White Plains office.