Veterans May be Entitled to VA Benefits for Seizure Disorders

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:

  • Unconsciousness;
  • Falling;
  • Convulsions;
  • 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;
  • Fatigue;
  • Headache;
  • Dizziness;
  • Nausea;
  • 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.

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