What Veterans Should Expect When Being Examined for a Mental Health Condition

What Veterans Should Expect When Being Examined for a Mental Health Condition

A physical injury you sustain while serving your country can differ in several ways from a mental health condition you develop during your time in service. Nonetheless, the two types of injuries share at least something in common: a compensation and pension (C&P) exam. When required, completing a C&P exam is an essential step to…

What To Do When Your Retroactive VA Benefits are Wrong 

What To Do When Your Retroactive VA Benefits are Wrong 

When your VA disability benefits claim is finally approved, your award will consist of both ongoing monthly disability benefits and retroactive benefits. Retroactive benefits are benefits received for the period beginning on the effective date of your claim up through the date your claim is approved and you begin receiving your monthly benefit.  The reason…

Traumatic Brain Injuries and Your VA Disability Claim

Traumatic Brain Injuries and Your VA Disability Claim

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are common, especially among those who play sports or are in the military. According to the International Brain Injury Association, as many as one million Americans are treated and released from hospital emergency rooms for brain injuries every year. About 80,000 individuals each year sustain a brain injury and suffer some…

What Do the VA Disability Ratings Look Like in Real Life?

What Do the VA Disability Ratings Look Like in Real Life?

Once your claim for VA disability benefits is granted, you will receive an award letter talking about the benefits you will be receiving. Part of this letter informs you of your disability rating, a number reflected as a percentage. The disability rating is the VA’s determination of how much your earning potential is impacted by…

How You Can Have a Presumptive Condition and Still Be Denied VA Benefits?

How You Can Have a Presumptive Condition and Still Be Denied VA Benefits?

One of the many benefits of the PACT Act that was signed into law last year was an expansion of the list of presumptive benefits that can entitle a veteran to disability benefits. Nearly two dozen presumptive conditions, including conditions tied to toxic burn pit exposure, mean that more veterans facing certain serious conditions can…

Top Three Malpractice Claims Against the VA 

Top Three Malpractice Claims Against the VA 

While the VA strives to provide veterans with quality medical care for their injuries and illnesses, the Administration does not always live up to this ideal. Over a ten-year period, recent reporting in Dayton uncovered that the VA paid out nearly $850 million in compensation to settle approximately 4,400 malpractice claims.  Every malpractice claim against…