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Chicago Veterans Psychiatric and Mental Illness Disability Attorney (38 CFR 3.310 & 4.125 & 4.130)

While much emphasis is placed on the physical injuries and disabilities of veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has increasingly acknowledged the debilitating nature of many service-related psychiatric and mental illnesses, as well. If you have a mental condition stemming from your service, you can be eligible for free psychological or psychiatric care from the VA. In addition, if your mental illness interferes with your ability to live your life, you may be granted monthly cash benefits to help you support yourself. Seeking VA benefits for your mental illness can help you control your symptoms, overcome your condition, and ease your financial stresses in the meantime.

Which Mental Conditions Qualify for Benefits?

Not every mental illness will qualify as a disability under VA definitions for the purposes of benefits. The following are only some of the mental illnesses for which you may receive benefits if you can show they were incited or caused by your military service:

  • Amnesia;
  • Mood disorders, such as depression;
  • Anxiety disorders, including PTSD, panic disorder, and more;
  • Cognitive diseases;
  • Psychotic disorders;
  • Dissociative disorders;
  • Adjustment disorders;
  • Eating disorders;
  • Somatic symptom disorders.

If you can provide medical evidence from your doctors that your condition arose from your service or was aggravated by your service and that it adversely affects your ability to function normally, you should be entitled to financial disability benefits.

In addition, the VA recognizes that some mental conditions can stem from physical injuries and disabilities. For example, a traumatic brain injury can result in personality changes, anger issues, and emotional and mood control difficulties. Having a significant physical impairment that limits your ability to engage in activities you once enjoyed or to care for yourself can also result in severe depression and other mood disorders. The VA will recognize that these mental and psychiatric illnesses deserve benefits as long as you can provide evidence connecting them to your service or injuries sustained during your service.

Standing Up for Your Rights To Benefits

The process of obtaining benefits can be stressful and complex and it can help substantially to have an experienced veterans disability attorney on your side. At Comerford Law Office, LLC, we can help you do the following and more:

  • Provide evidence of your diagnosis;
  • Provide medical evidence that connects your diagnosis to your service;
  • Prove just how much your mental or psychiatric illness affects your daily life.

Call to Speak With a Chicago Veterans Disability Claim Attorney Today

If you are suffering from a psychiatric or mental illness that stems from your military service, you should know that you do not have to face your future alone. While proving that you have a service-related disability due to your mental illness may seem complicated, VA benefits attorney James R. Comerford is here to help you. As a committed veterans advocate, Mr. Comerford has helped many clients obtain the benefits they deserve after their service. If you would like more information about our services or want to discuss your personal situation, please call The Comerford Law Office today.

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