Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Sometimes something as simple as a war image on TV, or a loud bang, can trigger a flashback for a veteran. These could be signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
PTSD, as it is commonly referred to, is a type of severe anxiety disorder that is affecting a growing number of former members of the armed services. It can be a challenge in more than one way. Not only do veterans with PTSD have to deal with the symptoms of the illness, but they can also have a difficult time proving their issues stem from an in-service event. Many of those stricken with PTSD find that their cases are mishandled and their claims unfairly denied.
There are countless events that can cause PTSD in veterans. They include:
- Military or helicopter accidents
- Facing combat
- Being a prisoner of war
- Witnessing injury or death
Sometimes, veterans may not even be sure they have PTSD. One of the most common symptoms is having a flashback that brings your mind back to a particularly troubling military situation that you have experienced. Other symptoms include severe nightmares, experiencing an emotional “numbness” that makes it difficult to have meaningful relationships with others or an intense fear of talking to other veterans or discussing issues that remind you of your military service.
It is often not easy proving to the Veterans Administration that you have PTSD and that it was the result of an in-service military event. Utilizing the assistance of an experienced attorney can save a great deal of time and aggravation and ultimately win you the disability compensation that you deserve.
How can a lawyer help specifically with your case? We can gather evidence to help increase the chances that your claim is approved, determine whether you are receiving the appropriate compensation rating from the VA, prepare the strongest possible case for you and review a decision by the VA office to see if it was handled properly or not.