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Indianapolis Veterans Disability Attorney

Indianapolis Veterans Disability Attorney

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a wide range of services, benefits, and programs to former servicemen and women who became ill or were injured while serving their country.

Unfortunately, filing a claim for these benefits can be difficult, especially for those who are dealing with serious disabilities, so if you believe that you or a loved one qualifies for disability benefits, it is important to speak with an experienced veterans disability attorney who can help you file or appeal a wrongfully denied claim. 

VA Disability Compensation

Disability compensation, which takes the form of monthly tax-free payments to qualifying veterans, is one of the most important benefits offered by the VA. In order to qualify for these payments, veterans must be able to prove that they:

  • Served in an active duty, inactive duty training, or active duty for training capacity; and¬†
  • Have a disability rating for a service-connected health condition.¬†

In addition to fulfilling these requirements, claimants must also prove that they:

  • Were injured or became sick while serving in the military and are able to link the condition to the illness or injury; or
  • Already had an injury or illness before joining the military, but the condition worsened due to their time in the service; or
  • Suffer from a disability that is related to their active duty service, but did not manifest until after they were discharged.¬†

Presumed Disabilities

A number of illnesses and injuries qualify as disabilities under the VA’s standard, but some are so common that they are presumed to be disabilities. Presumed disabilities include:

  • Chronic illnesses that appear no later than one year after discharge;
  • Illnesses caused by contact with toxic chemicals, hazardous materials, or contaminants; and
  • Illnesses caused by time spent as a prisoner of war.¬†

Some of the most common conditions that fall under these categories include:

  • Chronic back pain;
  • Respiratory problems caused by a lung condition or disease;
  • Severe hearing loss;
  • Certain cancers;
  • Traumatic brain injury;
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD);¬†
  • Loss of range of motion; and
  • Depression or anxiety.¬†

If you suffer from one or more of these illnesses and served in the military, you could be eligible for disability benefits. Please contact our legal team today to learn more. 

Housing Assistance

The VA also offers housing assistance to certain veterans, namely those who are suffering from specific service-connected or aging-related disabilities. Special Housing Adaptation grants, for instance, can be used to construct an adapted home, or to widen doorways, install ramps, and make other modifications. Even those whose disabilities are not service-connected could be eligible for assistance if they qualify for the Home Improvements and Structural Alterations grant, which when approved, helps fund structural changes and medically necessary improvements to a veteran’s primary residence. 

An Experienced Indianapolis Veterans Disability Lawyer

If you live in Indiana and previously served in the U.S. military, you could be eligible for important disability benefits. To learn more about these benefits and how to apply for them, or how to appeal a claim that has already been denied, please contact the dedicated Indianapolis veterans disability lawyers at The Comerford Law Office, LLC today. 

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