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Spinal injuries common for returning veterans

With more than 42,000 veterans eligible for veterans benefits and medical care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, this is one of the more common injuries that happens during service. More than $2,500 per month is available for injured veterans who suffer from parplegia, tetraplegia and other injuries of the spine.

“Spinal cord injuries can occur at any level of the spinal cord, and the level of the injury will dictate which bodily functions are altered or lost,” according to the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s website. “Damage to the spinal cord can cause changes in movement, feeling, bladder control, or other bodily functions. How many changes there are depends on where the spinal cord was injured and how severely the spinal cord was injured.”

Annual spinal cord injury costs in the United States are said to be upwards of $10 billion annually with total costs sitting at more than $21,0000 per patient, according to a report from the National Institutes of Health. These injuries can be series, costly and deadly in some cases. Prompt treatment and attention from medical professionals is necessary.

In order to obtain or increase a rating in connection with a spinal cord injury, it is important that the veteran has sufficient medical proof to support their claim. Objective medical evidence, such as CAT and MRI scans and doctors progress notes reflecting pain and functional limitation, are critical to demonstrating the required level of functional loss as a result of a spinal cord injury. The Law Office of Harold W. Conick and Associates are experts at proving spinal injuries in court

Jobless rate for those with disabilities rising

Those suffering from disability qualifying conditions are also hurting in the job market. According to data from the U.S. Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities is now up to 13.6 percent for May, up 0.7 percent from the previous month. Unfortunately for those who are suffering, this does not look to be getting better in the immediate future, as the total unemployment rate also ticked up slightly to 7.6 percent in May.

This data shows a snapshot of those who are over the age of 16 and do not live in institutions. These reports, which first started to be made available publicly in February 2009, now come out every month.

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette said while 92.5 percent of people who receive Social Security Administration disability benefits said their current benefits did not discourage them from seeking employment, two experts in the field said the earning limits for employment cause a barrier for the disabled who want a job. Not only do those with disability benefits not want to lose their check, they don’t want to lose health benefits and insurance either, the news source said.

Although people who are receiving Social Security disability benefits may earn several hundred dollars of monthly income, if their earnings exceed the amount allowed by law, they could lose their benefits. The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates have expertise in representing clients in termination and overpayment of benefits cases.

Female veterans can attain VA benefits

With a greater number of female servicemembers comes a sad reality: Women veterans are now the fastest growing homeless population in the United States. This is according to what documentary filmmaker Lizzie Warren said on, saying that this population has grown sharply. Women having a hard time after being discharged should look to attain veterans benefits to help land or get back on their feet back home.

As notes, female vets have the same right as men do to VA benefits after their service. There are even gender-specific services, such as breast and pelvic examinations, contraceptive services, menopause management and more. Women suffer the same combat injuries as men in battle and are entitled to the same veterans benefits.

“To ensure the privacy of women veterans, the VA medical centers have introduced a variety of structural changes,” said. “Women Veterans’ Coordinators are available at all VA facilities to assist women veterans in seeking treatment and benefits.”

For women having trouble procuring the benefits they need, getting proper representation may be important as the VA backlog is now larger than ever. Many of these veterans will deal with need to be dealt with as quickly as possible and having representation to procure these benefits can help.

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates are aggressive advocates for both female and male veterans. Women’s rating claims are denied for the same ill considered reasons as their male counterparts. Therefore, female veterans require expert and focused legal representation, which our office can provide.



Stokes can lead to long-term disability

Experiencing a stroke can be devastating for people of any age. Whether old or young, 130,000 Americans suffer from strokes each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. According to one study, even a minor stroke could be enough to cause disability. Those who are suffering from the disability qualifying conditions of a stroke, whether it was large or small, should look to apply for Social Security Administration benefits.

WebMD said smaller strokes and transient ischemic attacks may be signs of strokes in the future, but these so called “mini strokes” may actually cause stroke-like symptoms themselves. Researcher Shelagh Coutts, MD, a neurologist at Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, said 15 percent of subjects who had a minor stroke or TIA had a disability 90 days later, proving that no stroke is to be taken lightly.

“Time is an issue, and even when patients [show] ‘mild’ deficits they need to be assessed very quickly, and ideally get urgent brain and blood vessel imaging,” she said, according to WebMD. “In many centers, these patients are not seen urgently and this needs to change.”

Whether it be vision loss, inability to move parts of the body or other effects, strokes can often cause long-lasting disabilities that need to be tended to.

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates have successfully represented numerous clients who have suffered from strokes. The main debilitating effect is loss of function, which can result from a stroke.