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You’ve sacrificed decades of your life for your country and now you’ve been injured. Your military career may have been cut short but that doesn’t mean you should have to worry about feeding your family and keeping a roof over your head. Thankfully, VA disability benefits mean that most veterans have some financial support when they return from service.
However, are you getting what you’re entitled to? You can find out using a VA disability calculator or speak with a law firm who are experienced in veterans law, appeals and litigation. But what injuries are considered appropriate for a VA disability claim? Read on to find out what injuries are included in a VA disability benefits claim.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD is an incredibly debilitating mental disorder that is common amongst veterans who have seen action, witnessed traumatic events or have participated in distressing scenarios. These traumatic events could have happened to the victim directly, or it could be triggered by something that they have witnessed. You’ll need to have received treatment or documentation from doctors or physicians that prove your mental concerns and treatments before you claim.
Another common injury that is frequently claimed for. Back and spine disorders are incredibly demobilizing and can be caused by a variety of reasons from herniated discs, to bulging discs and even narrowing of the spinal canal. Slips, trips and falls, car accidents, falling from equipment and even osteoarthritis caused by extensive wear and tear on the spine.
Traumatic brain injuries
The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury vary from person to person, from dizziness and blackouts to memory problems, irritability, and loss of memory function. There are also more severe traumatic brain injuries which include loss of speech, mobility, as well as sensory and cognitive defects.
Migraines are incredibly distressing and uncomfortable, and sadly they’re rather common amongst veterans. Nausea, vision loss, blackouts, dizziness and excruciating pain. You must be able to prove the connection between your migraines and your time in service, that they have been worsened because of your time in service or caused by another injury obtained whilst in service. The following injuries can cause migraines:
- A traumatic brain injury
- Spinal injuries
This kind of injury is one that manifests later on in life. The medical effects of cancer are well known, and many veterans may have developed cancer due to exposure to certain chemicals, toxic groundwater or other chemical agents whilst in service.