When working to get Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) benefits with the VA, it is important that Veterans take the proper steps to get the full benefits that they deserve. Working with a lawyer can greatly increase your chances of winning a case, and Bosley & Bratch are here for you whether you are filing your initial claim, or are appealing a denied claim.
What is PTSD?
PTSD is a form of anxiety where the affected person continuously relives a distressing event in their lives. Whether they are reliving this experience through memories or it is triggered by something like a loud noise, it affects the daily functioning of the men and women who have spent years fighting for our freedom. PTSD does not always occur right when the person returns from duty, it often settles in later on after experience the most harsh forms of war and returning again to normal life. Learn more here about the symptoms of PTSD.
How can I qualify with the VA for PTSD benefits?
According to a press release distributed by the VA in 2010, the regulations for providing proof of a traumatic occurrence have been eased significantly, making it easier and less time consuming to process veterans’ claims related to PTSD benefits.
Those filing claims must have a PTSD diagnosis related to a traumatic event that occurred while in service, and it must be confirmed with a VA treatment provider that the disorder is related to this traumatic event. The VA will take the most recent diagnostic information and evidence of the disorder and use that to determine the level of disability.
According to Vietnam Veterans of America, the VA uses DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, however the Global Assessment of Functioning Scale (GAF) is a more robust assessment that may be used and factored into your disability rating and determine how severely your ability to work and socialize has been impaired by the traumatic service-related incident.
The VA has a standard ratings system of 0%, 10%, 30%, 50%, 70% and 100%. If your rating is 100% you will receive maximum benefits offered by the VA, and if it 0%, you are not eligible for benefits.
How can a lawyer help me pursue a PTSD disability claim?
While the process of filing a claim seems systematic and straightforward, there are pages and pages of information that must be read through and laws and regulations that lawyers, like the ones at Bosley & Bratch, are extremely familiar with. We can help veterans bypass lengthy information and streamline the process. We can also help you get the highest level of disability compensation possible for your specific condition and do not require any payment unless you win your case. We have had many victorious cases that further support that fact that with a lawyer, you are more likely to have a successful claim. With the burden of PTSD and the heavy paperwork and regulations involved, you will be glad you gave the burden of filing a claim to us.
Contact us to see how we can help.