The men and women in our armed forces can suffer severe injuries and disabilities from serving our country. A number of the physical and mental injuries our service members suffer leave them permanently disabled. It is important to note that veterans who have become totally or even partially disabled as a result their military service are entitled to receive disability benefits. Often times, the requests for these benefits are denied or difficult to obtain. However, there are RI veterans benefits lawyers who can help obtain disability benefits.
Historic Rate Veterans Seeking Disability Benefits
According to recent statistics, the nation’s newest veterans are filing for disability benefits at an historic rate. About 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for service-related injuries. That is more than double the approximately 21 percent of returning veterans who filed similar claims after the Gulf War in the early 1990s. A recent Associated Press report stated that disability payments for veterans range from $127 a month, for a 10 percent disability, to $2,769 for a total disability.
Who Qualifies For Disability Benefits?
To qualify for these benefits, you must be a veteran or active duty service member with a service-connected disability. Your disability must be the result of an injury or disease that occurred or was aggravated while on active duty or active duty training. A disability can be a physical condition, such as a disease, or a mental health condition, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In addition, surviving spouses and children of a service member who died on active duty, active duty training or inactive duty might be eligible for benefits. Certain disabled service members may also receive additional special monthly compensation due to specific circumstances of the disability.
What Are Some Disabling Conditions?
If you served in the military and suffered one of the following conditions, you may be entitled to veterans disability benefits:
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Burn injuries
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Heart problems
- Loss of hearing or vision
- Head and neck injuries
Speak With A Veterans Benefits Lawyer
If you have been injured and disabled from serving your country, you may be entitled to a range of benefits depending on the circumstances. If your veterans disability benefits are denied, it is important that you talk to an experienced veterans benefits lawyer about your rights. The Rhode Island law firm of d’Oliveira & Associates works with veterans benefits lawyers who can guide you through this complex process of securing your VA benefits. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us toll free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out our contact form online.