Common Veterans Disability Claims
Veterans are entitled to Veterans’ Disability Compensation for conditions that were caused by or aggravated by their military service. These conditions include many emotional conditions and physical injuries, but some claims are more common than others. Learn more about the most common disability claims made by veterans.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): TBIs occur when the brain is physically injured, as the result of an explosion, impact, oxygen deprivation, or other trauma. Many members of the military suffer these injuries because of concussive blasts, though falls, motor vehicle accidents, and assaults are also causes. The damage is internal, so there may be no visible wound. Untreated, TBIs can cause memory problems, speech disruptions, loss of motor skills, personality changes, psychological conditions, hearing or vision loss, or other complications. The severity of a TBI can range from mild concussions to severe trauma.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): PTSD is a mood disorder caused by experiencing traumatic events. The condition can cause anxiety attacks, paranoia, hypervigilance, sleep loss, aggression, depression, feelings of guilt, and suicidal thoughts. PTSD is a common condition for veterans, but the VA had made changes to make it easier to prove PTSD claims by no longer requiring proof of a stressor causing the condition.
Agent Orange-Related Injuries. Benefits for injuries sustained from Agent Orange exposure have no category of their own, but these injuries do have benefits available. Veterans can file claims for injuries including throat cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, prostate cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, nerve damage, digestive disorders, skin disorders, and respiratory disorders.
Hypertension: Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can be a struggle many veterans face. High stress, smoking, Agent Orange exposure, high salt intake, frequent alcohol use, and other factors can contribute to hypertension. High blood pressure is more likely in veterans who served multiple combat tours or witnessed death while on active duty.
Loss of Limbs: Many veterans wounded in combat suffer the loss of a limb. Adjusting to life after amputation can be difficult and can require accommodations and lifestyle changes to fit a veteran’s ability. Retrofitting a home, moving, alternate forms of transportation, and accessibility equipment can get expensive easily, but a veteran who has lost a limb may not have any choice in making these changes.
Eye Injuries: Eye injuries and vision loss can be caused by explosions, shrapnel, gun-fire, and other hazards of combat. About 15% of Iraq war veterans report some type of eye injury. Vision loss can be caused by damage to the eye itself or to the brain. Vision loss can require big changes to a veteran’s life, and they may require accessibility services or devices, retraining for work, or other forms of assistance to return to civilian life.
Hearing Loss: Hearing loss is an exceedingly common injury for veterans. Many veterans have experienced exposure to artillery fire, jet engines, sirens, explosions, and other loud sounds that can damage hearing. Often veterans experience tinnitus, or ringing in their ears, along with hearing loss.
Radiation: Veterans may also experience radiation exposure during their service in the military. Veterans who were involved in nuclear testing, handling nuclear weapons, LORAN station operation, McMurdo Station nuclear power plant operation, radiation therapy, and Nasopharyngeal radium irradiation treatments all have been exposed to different levels of radiation. Radiation exposure can cause radiation sickness and cancer.
Psychiatric Disorders: There are a number of psychiatric disorders that are commonly reported by veterans, in addition to PTSD. These can include anxiety disorders, personality disorders, depression, stress, substance abuse, suicide, and other disorders. Treatment is crucial for veterans suffering from mental disorders as a result of their service. Treatment can help them return to a healthy civilian life and can save lives.
If you are a veteran with a disability or condition related to your service, you deserve disability benefits. Even minor conditions can become worse over time, so you shouldn’t put off applying for help. It is possible to become ineligible for benefits if you wait too long, so it is important to file now. If you need assistance with your claim, get in touch with an experienced veterans law attorney. They can assist your with filing your claim, and will know how to maximize the amount of benefits you are able to claim.
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