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Veteran With Health Problems? You May Be Able to File a Claim

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Fighting in wars is no easy task. Many people have died fighting for this country. Of the service members who have survived, many have suffered serious physical and mental issues. Some continue to suffer from ailments decades after leaving the service.

In fact, millions of veterans are disabled due to service-connected injuries and medical conditions. As of 2014, 3.8 million veterans suffered from disabilities caused by their time in military service. Of those, more than 1 million had a disability rating of 70 or higher. Disabilities are rated on a scale from 1 to 100, and the higher the rating, the more likely a veteran will be eligible for compensation.

A disability can be painful. It can plague a veteran for the rest of their life, causing pain on a daily basis, even when performing simple tasks. Managing a disability can also be expensive. A disability may require tests, medications and medical devices. Some injuries, such as brain damage, can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

That is why veterans who have suffered some type of physical or mental illness should make sure that they obtain the benefits they deserve. Many veterans are not receiving any type of monthly benefit payments because they have never applied through the Veterans Administration (VA). There are a couple of reasons for this. Some do not think their disability is serious enough to warrant benefits. Others are not even aware they can file a claim because their injury did not happen while performing a work-related task.

Veterans should understand that their disability does not have to be related to combat or any specific work duty. Benefits will cover injuries caused by playing sports or falling out of bed. Even injuries caused by a car accident may be eligible for VA benefits. If a veteran currently struggles with a health problem that began while they were on active duty, they should consider filing a claim with the VA.

Those who are already receiving benefits should be aware that their health can change. While it is possible for a condition to get better over time, most worsen. In this case, they should get their disability level reevaluated. If their disability rating gets higher (for example, from 70 to 80), they can potentially receive more benefits each month.

Contact Us for More Information About VA Benefits

While the claims process may seem time-consuming and daunting, don’t give up. The VA and local veterans’ organizations can provide veterans with free help so they can file a claim. However, the key to an approved claim is strong medical evidence. A White Plains veterans disability benefits lawyer can help you gather medical records and other evidence needed to get your claim approved the first time around.

Get help from the Law Office of Michael Lawrence Varon in White Plains. He can assist you with even the most complex claims. Even if you have been denied in the past, he will work hard to get you approved. To schedule a consultation, call his office at 914-294-2145.

Resources:

census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2015/cb15-ff23.html

wadenapj.com/opinion/columns/4593871-veteran-services-your-disability-applicable

https://www.nycompensationlaw.com/veterans-denied-benefits-to-see-new-appeal-options-soon/

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