Are you a veteran in the Cincinnati, OH area? Do you believe you are eligible for disability compensation via the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs? The criteria to be eligible for VA disability benefits can be complicated and many veterans want to know – what injuries, illnesses and medical conditions qualify for VA disability – and we can help answer that question here at Veterans Law Attorneys.
Who Qualifies for VA Disability Benefits?
The application process for VA disability benefits can be complicated and Ohio veterans who wish to apply for VA disability compensation need to know how to qualify. Veterans Law Attorneys can help you with the application process. To qualify for benefits, veterans must first meet two basic criteria:
- Veterans must have a current service-related injury or illness that affects the mind or body and
- Veterans must have served on active duty, active duty for training or inactive duty training.
In addition to the two basic criteria, veterans who wish to receive disability benefits must meet at least one of the criteria listed below:
- Veterans became sick or injured while in military service and can link their injury or medical condition to their time in service – called an Inservice Disability Claim OR
- Veterans had an injury, illness or medical condition prior to service that was made worse while serving in the military – called a Preservice Disability Claim OR
- Veterans have an injury, illness or medical condition that did not appear until after your term of service and is service related – called a Postservice Disability Claim.
Medical Conditions Qualified for VA Disability
There is a wide range of injuries, illnesses and medical conditions that make military veterans eligible for VA disability compensation – many seen and unseen. Here is a quick list of a few medical conditions that may be eligible for VA disability benefits.
- Chronic Back, Neck and Knee Pain
- Lung Conditions and Lung Disease
- Severe Hearing Loss – Tinnitus
- Scar Tissue
- Loss of Range of Motion
- Select Cancers – Caused by Chemical Exposure
- Traumatic Brain Injury – TBI
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD
What Is a Presumptive Condition?
Medical conditions that are assumed to be service related by the Department of Veterans Affairs are called presumptive conditions and may be eligible for VA disability benefits. Veterans with presumptive conditions have no need to prove that the medical condition is service related and must only meet the service requirements for that presumptive condition. There are three standard categories of presumptive conditions:
- A chronic illness that appears within a year of discharge.
- An illness caused by toxic chemicals or hazardous materials in a combat zone.
- An illness caused by time spent as a prisoner of war (POW).
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Are you unsure if your injury, illness or medical condition qualifies for VA disability benefits? We are here to help answer that question and many more at Veterans Law Attorneys. Contact us today for a FREE consultation on your disability claim!