Note: The TBI ratings were updated on October 23, 2008.If your TBI was rated before that date, you can request for the VA to review your condition and update your rating based on the new rating requirements.If the TBI causes tears in the soft tissues surrounding the brain, this liquid can leak out, disrupting brain function.TBI can also cause the fluid to build up in certain areas, causing increased pressure on that area of the brain (“hydrocephalus”).Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a condition where the brain is damaged because of a traumatic event.
Some individuals experience numerous TBIs—they could be exposed to repeated IED blasts, etc.
Similarly, there may be other conditions that occur at the same time as the TBI.
These conditions could include skin burns, exposure to toxic substances, amputations, etc.
If the brain condition is caused by an illness or is genetic, then it is not considered TBI and cannot be rated here.
Please see The Central Nervous System page for conditions of the brain and nerves or the Mental Disorders page for psychiatric conditions.
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This makes rating a TBI condition rather complicated, but we’ll try to make it a little more manageable.