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What Are the Easiest Things to Claim For VA Disability?

VA disabilityMilitary service veterans have made enormous sacrifices for our country. There are veterans in nearly every community. According to official U.S. government data, there are approximately 720,000 veterans in Illinois and another 415,000 in Wisconsin. Unfortunately, many veterans are dealing with disabilities or medical impairments related to their military service.

Through a VA disability claim, a veteran can get financial support. You may be wondering if your condition qualifies for disability benefits. The answer truly depends on the specific health condition and medical records of the applicant. In this article, our VA disability attorney Harold W. Conick explains the things you need to prove to get benefits and highlights some of the easiest things to claim.

Three Things an Applicant Must Demonstrate to Get VA Benefits 

To get disability compensation approved, a military service veteran must submit a compelling, well-documented application. Specifically, an applicant in a veteran’s disability claim must establish the following three things to get their benefits approved:

  1. A valid medical diagnosis
  2. A connection between disability and military service
  3. Medical evidence of recurrent and/or persistent symptoms

Five of the Most Common Veteran Disability Claims

Each year, the VA publishes an official report to congress. Among other things, this report summarizes the different types of medical conditions/disabilities claimed each year. Here are five of the most common conditions that applicants file for in veteran disability cases:

  1. Tinnitus: Sometimes referred to simply as “ringing in the ear”, tinnitus is the single most newly-awarded medical condition for veterans filing for disability benefits. It is often caused by exposure to loud noises, including the firing of weapons.
  2. Musculoskeletal Injuries: Musculoskeletal disorders are injuries to muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, and cartilage. They can be painful, disabling, and wholly debilitating. Musculoskeletal damage is one of the most common conditions claimed by applicants in the VA disability process.
  3. Concussions/Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs): A traumatic brain injury (TBI) connected to military service can be compensated through a disability claim. Unfortunately, concussions and TBIs remain a serious issue for military veterans.
  4. Mental Health Issues: You can file for VA benefits if you are suffering from a mental health issue, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Other mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety, may be covered as well.
  5. A ‘Presumptive’ Disorder: Some veterans are entitled to disability benefits for medical conditions classified as “presumptive” disorders. As explained by the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs, a presumptive disability is one that is presumed to be “caused by military service.” What conditions are presumptive depend, in part, a veteran’s specific time of service.

 Get Help From a VA Disability Lawyer in Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area

At Harold W. Conick & Associates Ltd., our veterans’ disability lawyer is a skilled, results-oriented advocate for people and families. If you have any questions about VA disability claims, we can help. Contact a VA disability lawyer in the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area today for a free, no-obligation review of your case by calling (800) 608-8881. With an office centrally located in the Chicago western suburbs, we can represent veterans nationally.