Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The VA disability attorneys working with the Law Offices of Gregory Krasovsky provide legal support to veterans and other soldiers who are filing VA disability claims for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) incurred while in service. A PTSD lawyer can help a veteran of a serious injury get compensation from the Department of Veteran's Affairs, in other words: VA Benefits. Contact a traumatic brain injury attorney at this PTSD law firm to help yourself or your loved get his or her life back on track and have the necessary financial support to live a full and healthy life.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is a serious medical condition; it is a severe anxiety order that someone develops as a result of experiencing serious trauma. It is estimated by some that 4% of the United States population is suffering from PTSD as a given time. However, because service in the military involves a constant chance of trauma, military personnel are much more likely than civilians to experience PTSD at some point in the service.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is not a new ailment. Every since trauma has been affecting humans, PTSD has existed. Doctors after the Civil War began noticing symptoms of PTSD, but were not sure what it was. PTSD received a lot of press after WWI, when soldiers were being diagnosed with “shell shock.” However, it was only a lot more recently that doctors began to under PTSD and what kinds of treatments are necessary to mitigate its harmful effects.
PTSD has a number of symptoms, many of which could make life very difficult to live. In the best case scenarios, a victim of PTSD can recover from the trauma after a period of time. In worse situations, the stress from the traumatic event only gets worse over time. This kind of PTSD is referred to as Acute Stress Disorder. In these latter situations, the sufferer might experience disturbing flashbacks of the traumatic event, nightmares, or just vivid remembrances of trauma. Sometimes it is hard to determine whether or not an individual has PTSD, but some symptoms of PTSD include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Remembrance of the Event
- Traumatic Flashbacks
- Drug Abuse
- Compulsive Behavior
- Persistent Avoidance of the Event
- Repressed Memories
- Impaired Social Skills
- Inability to hold a Job
- Recurring Nightmares
- Feeling dejected, despaired, and hopeless
- Relationship problems
- Feeling always on edge
- Constantly feeling withdrawn
Although PTSD is obviously a scarring experience, the Department of Veteran's Affairs does, fortunately, provide benefits to soldiers whose lives have been severely impaired by PTSD. It is crucial to have a post-traumatic stress disorder lawyer help you secure these benefits, because the military bureaucracy is complex and arcane. Without adept legal help, a veteran can wait months or even years to get the VA benefits that he or she deserves.
Today over 300,000 US veterans receive VA Benefits for PTSD. The engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan and exposure to combat against a clandestine insurgent force have greatly increased the possibility of undergoing a traumatic event while in the field.
In order to secure VA Benefits, it is necessary to have evidence that the PTSD was caused by a stressor event. It is necessary to have three kinds of evidence: a diagnosis of PTSD by a medical professional, evidence of a stressor event that occurred during military service, and evidence that that stressor event was the one that caused the development of PTSD. If a veteran establishes that he or she has PTSD, the military will decide on the amount of compensation based on how badly impaired the veteran is. There is a graduated scale going from 0% to 100% to measure how impaired an individual is. 0% is not impaired at all and 100% indicates somebody who is extremely impaired. These percents are determined by the Global Assessment of Functioning Scale (GAF).
We believe that if you have served our country and have come back with serious impairments, you are entitled to be compensated for your sacrifice and service. Contact one of our VA disability benefits lawyers today to schedule a free and confidential case consultation and take the first step to getting the benefits you earned.