Thursday, January 15, 2015

Types of Service-Connected Disabilities

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Military personnel are vulnerable to both physical and mental health threats upon entering service. For their protection, the government has created the VA benefits program to augment the veterans’ reduced earnings as a result of acquired injuries. But to ensure that the right benefit is awarded, they would need a disability benefits attorney to represent them. Below are the different types of claims for service-connected disabilities.

Pre-service disabilities
The veteran enters service with a pre-existing condition. If an event, say accident or bad working conditions, during the service aggravates it, the veteran is entitled to VA benefits. For example, the veteran has a skin disease that worsened because of exposure to harmful chemicals in the base.

In-service disabilities
These are disabilities caused by an injury or disease during active service, such as amputated legs due to a bomb explosion in an ambush. Injuries or diseases caused by the veteran’s misbehavior (like those stemming from drug addiction and alcoholism) are exceptions.

Post-service disabilities
These are disabilities considered to be service-related even if they only manifest after service. Examples would be peptic ulcers, arthritis, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, side effects of exposure to toxic substances while in service, and even Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD).

Secondary service disabilities

Ailments directly connected to a primary disability but have nothing to do with active service. For example, a soldier has to take a medication for tuberculosis (service-connected), which has the side effect of hearing loss (secondary).

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