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Bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchial tubes and can affect a person’s ability to breath as well as the flow of oxygen to the body’s organs. For most people, this is a temporary condition that resolves in just a few weeks. However, exposure to toxic substances, viral infections, or pollutants can result in chronic bronchitis.

Unfortunately, chronic bronchitis often results from serving in the United States military. Servicemembers face exposure to a variety of toxic substances while on active duty.

A bronchitis diagnosis can serve as the basis of a successful claim for disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Speaking with a lawyer from our firm before filing bronchitis claims can make a substantial difference in your ability to provide entitlement to service-connection.

Bronchitis as a Disabling Condition

According to the Mayo Clinic, bronchitis impacts the pulmonary system. Inflation of the bronchial tubes can affect a person’s ability to breathe and maintain proper oxygen flow. Symptoms of this condition include:

  • A persistent cough
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Production of mucus in the lungs

As a result, VA may assign a disability rating ranging from ten to one hundred percent based on the severity of a qualifying applicant’s symptoms. This means that a bronchitis claim can lead to a total disability award of benefits.

Connecting a Diagnosis to Active Duty

Demonstrating the extent of a veteran’s disabling condition is only one part of pursuing a successful VA disability compensation claim. It is also necessary to create a connection between a former servicemember’s time on active duty and their diagnosis.

The use of burn pits on overseas military bases and exposure to other toxic substances as a consequence of active duty service can lead to the accidental inhalation of hazardous chemicals that affect lung functionality.

For most applicants, it is necessary to point to a specific instance that may have contributed to or resulted in chronic bronchitis. An attorney from VetLaw’s dedicated team can help a veteran uncover the evidence necessary to make this vital connection to service.

Speak with an Attorney before Filing Bronchitis Claims

Chronic bronchitis is a severe pulmonary condition that can affect every aspect of a veteran’s civilian life. The inability to breathe properly could limit a former servicemember’s ability to maintain employment, have an impact on their mobility, or require them to rely on supplemental oxygen.

Veterans who are able to establish a connection between their bronchitis diagnosis and their time on active duty may be eligible to receive VA disability compensation benefits. The amount of benefits a former servicemember receives will vary depending on the severity of their condition.

One of our attorneys can give you professional guidance and valuable insight on pursuing bronchitis claims. We can help you gather relevant medical evidence that indicates the severity of your condition and obtain documentation that demonstrates your exposure to hazards that commonly lead to chronic bronchitis while in uniform. Get in touch with our firm today to learn more about veterans’ bronchitis claims.