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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays benefits to you, as a veteran, if you have a service-connected disability. If you served in the military and suffered any physical or mental trauma, you may qualify for Veterans Compensation. But getting the VA to approve your claim can be complicated.

As a veteran, you must prove:

  1. A current disability: Your disability must be diagnosed by a doctor or other medical professional.
  2. Medical evidence: You need to have proof from your doctor that there’s a likely chance your disability is a result of your military service.
  3. An event that occurred during your service: You must prove that your injury, disease or mental condition occurred during your service.

If you can prove that you meet these three criteria, the VA should pay you benefits based on the seriousness of your disability. If we can prove that your disability prevents you from working at all, you should receive substantially more than any other percentage of disability. Since we specialize in Social Security law, we have significant expertise in proving the inability to work at all from a condition or a combination of several conditions.

Proving your disability to the VA can be complicated because it requires service and medical records. At Lachman & Gorton, our experienced attorneys want to help you with your VA claim. Contact us today to discuss your options.

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Conditions Eligible for Veterans’ Compensation Disabilities

Some of the most common disabilities veterans experience include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – This is an injury that typically occurs when your brain is damaged by a sudden force. It can be due to an explosion, concussive blast, assault, car wreck or any sudden blow to your head. Since TBI is an internal injury, you may not have any visible injuries.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Under the VA rules, a VA doctor must make an official diagnosis of your PTSD. The doctor will do so by confirming your stressful experience and checking to see if your symptoms match those of PTSD.
  • Agent Orange – Disabilities associated with Agent Orange include: leukemia, throat cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, lymphoma, other cancers, and many nerve, respiratory, digestive and skin disorders.

These are only a few of the disabilities we see. There’s a very long list of conditions that may qualify. Some additional disabilities include hypertension, radiation, eye injuries, loss of limbs, personality disorders, psychiatric disabilities and hearing loss.

No matter your medical condition, if it’s related to your time in the service, you may have a claim for Veterans’ Compensation.

At Lachman & Gorton, we’re ready to fight for your VA benefits. Fill out the contact form on this page for a free telephone evaluation of your Veterans’ Compensation claim.

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