Do you know what is being done in your community to protect the citizens from crime? Do you have a crime-watch program? Is there a community website that lists the current investigations and events that may have recently occurred? Law enforcement officials can only do so much when it comes to protecting a community. If your community is not active in protecting itself, crime rates could rise and many residents could find themselves the target or victim of crimes. Visit my blog to find out what you can do as a community to lower crime rates and help the law enforcement officials do their jobs.
After leaving the military, many veterans have medical or psychological conditions that need treatment. These conditions may not have been noticed during military service, they may not have been severe enough for an immediate medical discharge, or the chain of command at a final duty station may not have noticed the issue. While the Veterans Affairs (VA) disability claim system exists for supporting such conditions, the strict rules can result in a real condition being denied. To understand why your claim or appeal was turned down, here are a few traits of the VA disability claims and appeals system.
Burden Of Medical Proof And Service Connection
To qualify for disability under the VA disability system, you need to prove that you have a condition that is severe enough to require disability assistance and that the condition is related to military service.
No disability system—whether Social Security, workers compensation, or VA disability—will approve a claim based on visuals or testimony alone. It might be obvious that a problem exists based on a basic examination, but there needs to be documented medical evidence that the VA can point to when entering and defending your disability in their system.
It's your responsibility to get a medical report showing your disability's severity, along with proof showing how it's related to the VA. If the VA itself didn't give sufficient evidence during any visits you made to their hospitals and clinics, you must go to a civilian/non-VA medical team to get the proof that you need.
Finding the right professionals can be difficult if you don't know where to look, and proving service connection can be a legal challenge if the injuring incident isn't in your medical record. Thankfully, a legal team can make many of those problems easier to solve.
Legal Assistance To Push Your VA Claim Or Appeal Through
If you've been denied even once, don't struggle to make things right on your own. The VA may seem like a system that interfaces with veterans at a service-minded, veteran-to-veteran level, but the claim system is no less challenging and filled with red tape than any other government system.
Getting a lawyer on your side can help with linking different conditions and situations together. A lawyer skilled in disability claims, personal injury claims, or any injury and disability-related system can at the very least point you to medical professionals who can convert your condition to documented language that the legal system is likely to understand and agree with.
Along with medical evidence, it may take a lawyer to dig through your military service history to figure out how the condition is related to your service. Anything that happened during military service qualifies, whether it's a workplace injury, combat injury, an accident off duty, or an incident while you were on leave in any country.
You just need to have some incident report or evidence that puts you in a place where your condition could have started during military service. To get the right evidence, contact a law office handling injury and disability claims.Share
15 May 2017