What is the TSGLI Loss Standard for Speech?
Here we cover TSGLI Loss Standard for Speech, how to qualify for benefits, and what action to take.
The larynx, also called the voice-box, is an organ in the throat that houses the mechanism involved in speech. It also helps direct breath flow and aids in preventing food or other objects from entering the trachea. At the base of the larynx, between the parts that contribute to speech and the trachea, is a collar shaped piece of windpipe called the cricoid arch and plate. Its job is to form the outer wall of the lower larynx. Because of its vulnerable location, it can be crushed in accidents. Any complication of the larynx can lead to both temporary and permanent loss of voice.
Meeting The TSGLI Loss Standard for Speech
The standard is met if the member suffers from an organic loss speech. Meaning that he/she has lost the ability to express oneself, both by voice and whisper, through the normal organs for speech. And the loss of speech will not improve (with reasonable certainty) throughout the member’s life. As such, in this case, the member meets the TSGLI standard for total and permanent loss of speech.
Members currently using an artificial appliance, such as a voice box, to simulate speech, he/she is still considered to have suffered an organic loss of speech and is eligible for a TSGLI benefit.
Additionally, if you are suffering from varying degrees of abnormal voice patterns, it is important to seek out medical attention early, preferably with an otolaryngologist who specializes in ear, nose and throat complications.
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