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Can someone help me understand am I eligible to apply for IU or should I file for secondary to existing condition.

The situation is I am currently 90% combined. 70% PTSD, 50% sleep disorder, 10% herniated disk, 10% Wrist pain, 10% HBP.

I had an auto accident that was caused by PTSD flashback and I suffered a concussion and have made 2 attempts to return to work both failed the 2nd required a trip to the ER after loosing my sight briefly, I have not been able to work for more than 14 days in 6 months and am currently out on employer short term disability, I am a gov. contractor an most likely will be terminated shortly. I have been seeing a neurologist ever since the accident and been to vascular rehab but the post concussive symptoms dizziness, lack of concentration, photophobic, nausea, lack of balance, memory problems prevent me from driving and returning to work. I am hoping to a second opinion from a TBI clinic to assist in recovery and more rehab.

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I assume you were employed when you got the 90% SC.....

"am currently out on employer short term disability,"

Is the PTSD documented in their med write up as causing or contributing to the accident?

Is that documented in any police report?

I think the VA should award you TDIU for your SCs without considering this accident.....

as I am sure the 70% PTSD as well as the sleep disorder contribute to your inability to work......

Otherwise it might take an IMO to get the TBI SCed to the PTSD and/or support the TDIU claim.

"Can someone help me understand am I eligible to apply for IU or should I file for secondary to existing condition"

Definitely apply for the TDIU....others will chime in on the secondary as well here...

And apply for SSDI as well.

(But if SSDI awards, and they often decide SSDI claims faster then the VA does ,it would not help the TDIU claim if they included SSDI for conditions like the TBI that VA might not SC.)

Is tour Neuro a VA doc or a private doc?

Has your VA shrink documented the circumstances of this accident?

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Can someone help me understand am I eligible to apply for IU or should I file for secondary to existing condition.

The situation is I am currently 90% combined. 70% PTSD, 50% sleep disorder, 10% herniated disk, 10% Wrist pain, 10% HBP.

I had an auto accident that was caused by PTSD flashback and I suffered a concussion and have made 2 attempts to return to work both failed the 2nd required a trip to the ER after loosing my sight briefly, I have not been able to work for more than 14 days in 6 months and am currently out on employer short term disability, I am a gov. contractor an most likely will be terminated shortly. I have been seeing a neurologist ever since the accident and been to vascular rehab but the post concussive symptoms dizziness, lack of concentration, photophobic, nausea, lack of balance, memory problems prevent me from driving and returning to work. I am hoping to a second opinion from a TBI clinic to assist in recovery and more rehab.

IMO apply for unemployability (TDIU) using VA Form 21-8940 and speak to the Social Security Administration (SSA) about Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

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One other thought....was there an occupant in the car who witnessed the manifestations of the flashback?

And who could provide a buddy statement.

I am personally very much aware of how a flashback can cause driving problems.

That was one reason I had to transport some vets to and from the vet center when I worked there....

But the best thing you could have is an opinion from a shrink, that could state it is as least as likely as not that the veteran's flashback regarding .............. caused him to have this accident and back that up with a medical rationale.

I put the blank there.because

A PTSD vet punched me once while I was driving,almost causing an accident because he thought the tractors in a field were the enemy.and he panicked.

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