Monday, March 16, 2015

Common Obstacles to Disability Claims

In an ideal world, veterans will be able to receive their disability benefits in an easy and timely manner. The truth is, veterans may face common roadblocks when they make claims. Here are some issues that veterans may experience during the process:
·         Delays. Almost every applicant experience this. This happens because of numerous pending cases that create backlogs for the Veterans Affairs (VA).
·         Unjust Denials. This mostly happens for mental health claims, such as PTSD, as it’s more difficult to reach a conclusive proof for such cases.
·    Processing Errors. The VA declared that backlogs in claims are also due to inaccurate claims-adjudication system. The VA aims to improve the system but it is still far from doing so.
·         Wrong Assertions for Disability’s Relation to Service. Some veterans’ claims are denied in their claims because they are not able to prove that the condition they’re applying for is directly related to their service time in the military.
·         Low Disability Rating. Sometimes, veterans don’t receive a high enough disability rating to be entitled to benefits.
These obstacles are not really so bad as most of them are just part of ensuring that claims are legitimate. To avoid or minimize going through them, however, assistance from a disability benefits attorney can be valuable. Seek their help to give your claim a fighting chance.
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Friday, March 13, 2015

Disability Lawyers Help With Mental Health Care

Veterans can have it rough, especially when it comes to mental health. The suicide rate among veterans in West Virginia had reached an alarming rate since 2011 – 32 out of every 100,000. The experiences soldiers go through in the battlefield may be the primary cause of their mental or emotional instability, and could perhaps be the reason for the high suicide rate. Fortunately, the government has and continues to pass legislations to help veterans recover from their disorders and prevent incidences like suicide.

Unlike physical injuries, conditions like depression and PTSD may not be obvious. Sometimes, veterans put up a good front for the sake of their family and friends, and their need for help isn’t noticeable. In many cases, the family and friends were surprised when it happened.

It’s important for veterans’ family and friends to pay close attention to subtle signs. One good way they can discreetly determine their loved ones’ true condition is to suggest a routine checkup and to talk to a reliable veterans disability lawyer for help in disability claims. Even if it seems like there is nothing wrong, it’s a good step to acquire disability benefits for veterans whose earning capacity has been reduced. This would help them with current or future medical expenses.

Since filing for claims can be a long and tedious process, experienced veterans disability lawyers would be a great help in handling such claims and seeing the process through to the end.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Veterans Disability Attorney Helps in Filing Claims for Benefits

In a report by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Air Force reservists were quoted as saying that residue of Agent Orange caused damages to their health. Agent Orange is a defoliant chemical that the U.S. used in the Vietnam War. It was sprayed using C-123 planes, which were then used for a decade after the war for other purposes. The residue of the chemical remained on the planes—something which the Air Force reservists didn’t mind at the time, noting only that the planes smelled bad. After retiring, they developed some health issues such as diabetes, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and prostate cancer, which the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) acknowledge have been associated with Agent Orange.
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Monday, March 9, 2015

Veterans Disability Lawyers Help Veterans in Mental Health Care Claims

West Virginia veterans will be happy to know that the Congress passed a valuable health care legislation for veterans: the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act. This is to add to the efforts towards ensuring that veterans receive only the best in mental health care after returning home from war. Clay Hunt’s Legacy The act is named after veteran sniper Clay Hunt, who was a member of the Marine Corps and deployed in the Iraq and Afghanistan tours. His service to the nation didn’t end with his honorable discharge in 2009. He was one of the major voices in the advocacy for veterans who go through post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health concerns. He also participated in humanitarian work, together with fellow veterans, in Haiti. While he ended up taking his own life, Clay Hunt left a generous legacy and it’s just fitting that this act be named after him.
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