Navigating the VA Claims process is never easy. Resources and organizations exist to help service members to file those claims. Unfortunately, not all personnel staffing those resources and organizations have the same ability to spot conditions, to fairly capture the extent of the impact that a given diagnosis has, and even if individuals possess an appropriate working knowledge of VA claims, not all will work with the same tenacity or determination as though it were their own claim. But we do, and we will.
For years, Ms. Stewart has received calls from veterans looking for help in how to maximize their claims and to receive the type and amount of compensation, and she has had to refer them to other firms. Thankfully, Ms. Stewart now has the resources to assist veterans in their VA Claims process. Not all firms handle cases with the same individualized attention and dedication. This work is one that Ms. Stewart shares a passion for as she is only now turning to file her own claim. It should not be this hard, and she is a lawyer. For anyone, whether they have a law degree, a high school diploma or equivalent, or anything in between, every member is due effective and zealous representation, leveraging all possible knowledge and resources.
We welcome the opportunity to assist veterans in their VA Claims appeals. It should not be this hard to obtain what you are owed. Let us take the guesswork out of the process; entrust us to guide you, and to leverage all possible avenues for your increased relief.
The Road Ahead
Often, people do not receive benefits because they do not know all to ask for. In prior cases, the attorney joining our team who specializes in VA Claims Appeals has fielded cases for the following medical and psychiatric conditions:
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), military sexual trauma (MST), depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, sleep disorder, cognitive dysfunction, and other mental health disorder claims, whether the veteran has combat service.
- Delayed onset mental health claims.
- Pain from musculoskeletal (joint, bone, or muscle injuries) and other disabilities causing depression.
- Migraines or headaches caused by PTSD, respiratory conditions, weight gain, tinnitus, or musculoskeletal disabilities.
- PTSD or other mental health disorders causing acid reflux or stomach problems.
- PTSD worsening pain perception in joints and muscles.
- Heart conditions and hypertension due to mental health claims or musculoskeletal claims.
- Sleep-wake disorder caused by shift work.
- In-service injuries, whether service treatment records do not show treatment. These injuries include feet, legs, hips, back, neck, arms, hands, head, and other parts of the body.
- Injuries causing peripheral neuropathies and radiculopathies.
- Arthritis due to in-service injuries, or arthritis caused by other arthritic joints.
- Secondary musculoskeletal disabilities, caused by musculoskeletal disabilities that are already service connected.
- Hearing loss and tinnitus due to exposure to weapon noise, headphones, military equipment noise, or ship noise.
- Delayed onset hearing loss and tinnitus.
- Insomnia caused by tinnitus.
- Tinnitus aggravating mental health disorders.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by in-service head injuries, IED blasts, or car accidents.
- Sleep apnea secondary to musculoskeletal disabilities, traumatic brain injury, mental health disabilities including PTSD, or other disabilities.
- Hypertension caused by sleep apnea, and hypertension causing other heart conditions.
- Hypertension or diabetes causing kidney disease.
- Erectile dysfunction due to PTSD, depression, sleep apnea, respiratory conditions, heart disease, kidney disease, weight gain, or muscle and joint pain.
- Gynecological conditions, PTSD, or other mental health conditions causing loss of use of a creative organ.
- Breast cancer due to PTSD.
- Fibromyalgia caused by PTSD.
- Asthma or other respiratory conditions due to PTSD, psychiatric disorders, or war-related stress.
- Asbestosis or asthma due to in-service asbestos exposure, particularly on ships.
- Respiratory conditions causing skeletal muscle weakness.
- Musculoskeletal disabilities, mental health disabilities, and other disabilities causing weight gain; and weight gain leading to: hypertension, heart disease, other musculoskeletal disabilities, including low back pain or feet problems; irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, kidney disease, liver disease, and cancer.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome due to typing, handling weapons or machinery, or due to sleep apnea or obesity.
- Stroke due to hypertension, sleep apnea, weight gain, or musculoskeletal disorders.
- Skin conditions due to heart disease or psychiatric conditions.
- Diabetes causing arthritis, hypertension, joint and muscle pain, or skin conditions.
- Hepatitis A, B, and C.
- Cancer caused by hypertension, coronary artery disease, sleep apnea, HIV, weight gain, bipolar disease, schizophrenia, or other mental health disorders,
- Pancreatic cancer caused by diabetes or heart disease.
- Prostate cancer-causing heart disease or heart attack.
- Frequent urination due to hypertension, enlarged prostate, PTSD or other mental health conditions, migraines, erectile dysfunction, or peripheral vestibular disorder.
- Peripheral neuropathies due to cancer treatment.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) causing lung cancer.
- COPD caused by ischemic heart disease or diabetes.
- Multiple sclerosis as a presumptive disability.
- Disabilities due to Southwest Asia service (Iraq, Kuwait, U.A.E., the Persian Gulf, etc.), and service in Afghanistan and Pakistan, for: acid reflux, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, stomach, bowel, and other digestive complaints; skin conditions, migraines or headaches, asthma, COPD, allergies, and other respiratory complaints; sleep apnea, heart conditions, fibromyalgia, muscle pain, joint pain, neurological complaints, and gynecological conditions.
- Agent orange exposure claims for non-presumptive disabilities, including: hypertension, hypothyroidism, congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis, kidney cancer, kidney disease, metabolic disorders, peripheral neuropathies, pulmonary fibrosis, myelodysplastic syndrome, bronchitis, sarcoidosis, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, or other skin cancers; agent orange exposure due to Thailand service, even at non-approved bases; “bluewater” claims for offshore Vietnam service; and Korea service demilitarized zone (DMZ) claims.
Assistance is Available
Veterans deserve respect, and veterans who have been injured deserve what they earned through the sweat of their sacrifice. Let us be the ones to ensure your service is valued with dignity and respect.