Serving in the military can have a profound effect on your immediate and future health. Combat, training, and logistics work all present risks of harm which can have a permanent impact on a veteran’s physical abilities.

The VA offers disability compensation benefits which provide tax-free income to former servicemembers who suffer from service-connected injuries. However, applicants must meet a strict set of criteria in order to qualify for these benefits.

A VA-accredited lawyer at VetLaw can help you pursue a physical condition claim in Charlotte. Once retained, our team can explain the VA’s requirements, gather evidence to establish the scope and severity of your condition, and pursue a disability claim on your behalf for the benefits you deserve.

Proving a Service-Connected Disability

A veteran who suffered a physical injury while serving on active duty may be entitled to disability benefits from the VA, but they must establish several prerequisites in order to qualify. First, you must prove that you were discharged from the military under honorable conditions. Providing a copy of your DD-214 form can indicate whether your release from service meets this requirement.

Second, you must demonstrate the severity and scope of your debilitating health problem. For example, an injury that keeps you from returning to work may be severe enough to warrant entitlement to benefits.

The VA evaluates conditions based on a total disability based on individual unemployability (TDIU) rating for those who are left unable to work. If you are left unable to work due to a disability or disabilities which are related to your active duty service, you will receive a 100 percent rating due to TDIU. The amount of compensation available to a veteran who is disabled but still able to work ranges from 0 to 90 percent, or even 100 percent in certain cases.

Lastly, you must establish a connection between your physical condition and your active duty service. In other words, the incident that led to your condition must have occurred while you were on active duty in order for you to qualify for benefits.

Injuries sustained in combat, training, an accident which occurred during maintenance work, an office setting, and even while at home may meet the VA’s requirements. A VA-accredited attorney in Charlotte can help you present the set of circumstances which led to your disability in a physical condition claim.

Qualifying Physical Conditions

Injuries which result from any aspect of active duty service, combat or otherwise, may qualify for disability compensation from the VA. It is not unusual for former servicemembers to experience hearing loss or tinnitus, eye problems, back pain, and chronic diseases as a result of service-related injuries.

That being said, any condition which limits your physical functionality may qualify for benefits, such as:

  • Loss of function in limbs, hands, or feet
  • Hearing loss
  • Blindness
  • Chronic diseases from exposure to hazardous chemicals
  • Paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injuries

VetLaw’s team of attorneys can help you evaluate your situation and determine whether a physical condition claim in Charlotte is likely to succeed.

Let an Attorney Help You with Charlotte Physical Condition Claims

Physical injuries are an unfortunate risk involved with military service. Conditions which result from serving on active duty may qualify for VA disability compensation benefits, but proving this connection can be difficult, and many former servicemembers must face a lengthy appeal process to obtain these much-needed benefits.

A VA-accredited attorney can work with you to build a successful case, prove the severity of your disability, establish a connection between your time on active duty and your condition, and demonstrate that you were discharged from service under honorable conditions. Whether you have already filed an application and received a denial or are thinking about filing an application for the first time, call today for more information on physical condition claims in Charlotte.

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