Veterans’ Psychiatric and Mental Illness Disability Claims
While physical injuries and disabilities are typically easy to diagnose and prove, psychiatric disabilities and mental illness are often far more difficult to prove. Additionally, many mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder can occur intermittently, getting better at some times and getting worse at others.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) identifies a number of mental illnesses and problems commonly suffered by veterans, including:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Substance Use Disorders (alcohol, drugs, prescription medications, tobacco)
- Schizoaffective Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will pay disability compensation and health care benefits to veterans suffering from injuries or diseases that began in or were aggravated by their military service. However, each veteran must prove that he or she is suffering from a service-related mental illness, including providing medical evidence such as doctor and hospital reports.
At the Law Offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates Ltd., we are experienced disability claims attorneys. Harold W. Conick has been accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to represent veterans in their disability claims, and he is a member of the National Association of Veterans’ Advocates. We understand what the VA is looking for when evaluating claims, and are here to be your tough advocates regardless of the level of your appeal.
We also realize that this is a difficult time, and are here to answer your questions. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today.