In Illinois, injured servicemen and women who were disabled while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training can collect disability benefits to help replace lost wages and pay medical bills.
To learn more about whether you or a loved one qualify for veterans benefits, please contact one of the experienced members of our Vernon Hills veterans benefits legal team today.
A variety of different injuries qualify as disabilities under federal law, including:
Whatever the type of injury sustained by the veteran, it will be rated on a scale from 10 to 100 percent, with 100 percent representing total disability. The level of disability will determine how much the injured veteran is eligible to receive in benefits.
Veterans who served in specific wars will automatically receive disability benefits. For example, veterans who served in the Vietnam War between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 are presumed to have suffered exposure to dangerous herbicides, such as Agent Orange. Currently, as many as eleven illnesses have been linked to exposure to these types of chemicals, including:
Gulf War veterans are also at risk of suffering from chronic disabilities resulting from undiagnosed illnesses and chronic multi-symptom illnesses that have no medical explanation. In order to collect benefits, the injured veteran must demonstrate that the symptoms appeared during the Gulf War, or to at least 10 percent through December 2011.
Prisoners of War (POWs) who were imprisoned for any length of time during their military service are also automatically eligible for benefits if they suffer from psychosis, anxiety, residuals of frostbite, heart disease, stroke, post-traumatic osteoarthritis, or hypertensive vascular disease. In fact, any former POW who was imprisoned for more than 30 days is presumed to have suffered from certain illnesses, including but not limited to: malnutrition, cirrhosis of the liver, peptic ulcer disease, pellagra, chronic dysentery, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Finally, any veterans who participated in atomic tests and suffer from the following injuries will automatically qualify for benefits:
Many of these illnesses are life-threatening and require veterans to obtain around the clock nursing care. Fortunately, injured veterans can obtain aid and attendance benefits or housebound benefits in addition to their disability pensions to cover nursing home bills or the cost of obtaining nursing assistance in the home.
If you sustained an injury or illness while an active duty service member, please call The Comerford Law Office, LLC at 312-863-8572 to speak with a dedicated veterans benefits lawyer who can explain your legal options and help you begin the process of filing a claim.