A new rule implemented earlier this month by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) makes it easier for veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) to receive additional disability benefits if they have a related secondary condition, according to Allsup, a nationwide provider of SSDI representation, veterans disability appeal and Medicare plan selection services. The qualifying conditions are:
1. Parkinson’s disease
2. Certain types of dementia
4. Unprovoked seizures
5. Certain diseases of the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. These glands regulate weight, appetite, sleep, emotions and other critical body functions.
“The new rule establishes that if a veteran with moderate or severe service-connected TBI is also diagnosed with one of these illnesses, then that illness will be considered service-connected, absent clear evidence to the contrary,” said Allsup VA disability claims agent, Brett Buchanan. “This allows the VA to grant service connection for these secondary conditions without spending time and resources on medical development and opinions.”
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