What is Veterans Disability?
The law provides extensive medical and disability benefits to those who have been injured while serving our country in the military. Veterans may be entitled to two different types of disability payments: service connected compensation benefits and non-service connected pension benefits.
What causes Veterans Disability?
Veterans file disability claims for a variety of reasons, but among the most common factors leading to disability are:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Radiation Poisoning
- Cognitive Disabilities
- Physical Disabilities
- Exposure to Agent Orange (Vietnam Veterans)
- Former Prisoner of War
- Traumatic Head Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Sexual Trauma
- Amputation of limb or other body part
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Chronic Disorders
- Eye Injuries (Visual Impairment)
- Hearing loss
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Lou Gehrig’s Disease
- Cushings Syndrome
Veterans Disability Law
The veterans’ law was designed by Congress to be a “veteran friendly” yet it can often be confusing and complex. First, you must determine whether you qualify for benefits. You may be eligible if you are a military veteran who was not dishonorably discharged and who has:
- Sustained injuries while on active duty
- Contracted diseases while on active duty
- Have an existing injury or illness that was made significantly worse by active military service
The amount of benefits paid ranges from $123 to over $3,100 per month, depending on your level of disability and number of dependents. Other factors used to determine your disability benefit amount include:
- Severe disabilities or loss of limbs
- Spouse, children, or dependent parents
- A seriously disabled spouse
If you meet these basic qualifications, you may pursue a claim for disability with your state’s department of Veteran Affairs. However, many claims are denied initially because eligible recipients don’t know which information to include or how to present their medical records. Many disabled veterans go without the benefits they deserve simply because of a confusing claims process.
Veterans Disability Lawyers
Before 2006, veterans were not allowed to hire attorneys to represent them in many disability claims. This law was changed in 2006 to enable veterans to hire lawyers – often improving their chances of having their claims accepted. If your claim for veterans disability has been denied, contact an experienced veterans disability attorney today.