Most of our burned warriors received their service-connected thermal injuries in ways that were extremely traumatic—roadside bombs, chemical weapons, fires resulting from vehicle accidents. The resulting injuries affect large parts of the body and can be a continual source of extreme pain for several months.
Because of this, burned vets may have an increased vulnerablity to psychological complications. Emotional health issues that come up for veterans with severe burn injuries include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Insomnia and other sleep-related disturbances
If left untreated, psychological complications can intensely harm a veteran’s quality of life while unnecessarily prolonging the healing process.
It’s also possible that a veteran with burn injuries may have sustained mild cognitive impairments that could seem like depression or PTSD. Cognitive injuries typically don’t respond to the treatment methods used for psychological complicaitons, so it’s important that a veteran undergo appropriate evaluation procedures for their symptoms.
After your initial course of treatment for burn injuries, it’s important to follow-up with medical professionals able to diagnose any related complications. Since cognative and emotional health issues operate on their own timeline, it may not be apparent that additional treatment is needed immediately; therefore it’s best to check in for additional screenings at recommended intervals.
Dealing with the VA disability benefits system is incredibly complicated. As a Texas veteran dealing every day with service-connected disabilities, you want to ensure you are receiving all the support you need. Talk to an experienced Dallas veterans disability attorney today. The compassionate team at Morgan & Weisbrod can be reached by calling 800-800-6353, or by filling out the secure contact form below.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.