PTSD Claims for Veterans Disability

Many of our returning veterans not only have physical scars from their service, but mental and emotional scars as well. Often, these are the worst kinds of battle wounds, as they are not as visible as physical scars and are can be far more disabling to our service men and woman. If you feel this describes yourself or your loved one, there is help. Filing a PTSD claim for Veterans Disability with the Veterans Administration (VA) is a long, stressful process that can take years. It may be hard to prove your injuries as service related, but we can help.

My Claim Has Been Denied

We have found that the VA denies PTSD claims after the initial application, even when a veteran’s claim has merit. The VA’s own statistics show approximately 75% of initial claims for benefits are denied. This number is often higher for PTSD claims. If your claim has been denied within the past year, please contact our office immediately. We will file a Notice of Disagreement quickly to preserve your effective date, maximizing your back VA award monies. The timeframe for appeal is even shorter for claims that need to be appealed to the Board of Veterans Appeals, as there is a 60-day response timeframe.  Any delay can result in a loss of back award monies. People often give up after the initial denial. Don’t give up on the process, as that is precisely what the VA wants. You have the right to fight back.

If you have been denied and do not know how to file a Notice of Disagreement or a Form 9 with the Board of Veteran’s Appeals, contact Attorney Carpenter to help you with the process.

My Claim Was Granted, but the Rating Percentage Was Wrong

Even if your claim is not denied initially or is approved later in the process, the VA often assigns a lower rating or an incorrect effective date for claims. Arguing for a higher rating or earlier effective date is commonly the second step in the VA process. We can help you navigate and fight for the rating you deserve.

As you can see from this brief overview, this process can be overwhelming. Don't struggle with it alone. Attorney Jason R. Carpenter will be at your side to guide you through this process. Veterans’ cases are taken with no money down and you only pay a percentage of your award in attorney’s fees if your claim is won. Call us today for a free consultation.