11 Apr Obtaining PTSD Benefits for Veterans
One disability that is particularly difficult for afflicted veterans to deal with is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is an anxiety disorder where the individual relives a traumatic experience in their mind, but for them the experience is very real. Usually PTSD affects veterans who have experienced first-hand the most negative and devastating aspects of war, and it could take months or even years for symptoms of PTSD to develop. Obtaining PTSD benefits for veterans can be a complex process. Here are some key facts to help you through.
PTSD Benefits for Veterans Eligibility
In order to be eligible to file a veterans disability claim for PTSD, the veteran must:
- Be diagnosed as having PTSD
- Have symptoms related to a traumatic event or stressor
- Have experienced a traumatic event of a nature that is likely to have occurred as part of the veteran’s service
- Have experienced a traumatic event that triggers a sense of fear concerning hostile military or terrorist activity
- Have experienced a traumatic event that is evaluated by a VA psychologist or psychiatrist to confirm that the traumatic event is severe enough to have caused PTSD
What is unique about PTSD disability claims is that they do not require evidence that the traumatic event occurred. Rather, the traumatic event must be one that is likely to have occurred where the veteran was stationed or was likely to have occurred based on the circumstances that the veteran was faced with during service.
Disability Rating Based on Severity of the PTSD Symptoms
Some veterans are able to cope well with their PTSD symptoms by using a treatment method, such as medication and/or therapy. Others’ PTSD symptoms may be very severe and even debilitating at times. In addition to applying for veterans disability benefits, veterans must undergo an evaluation if their claim is based on PTSD. Assessments are conducted by a psychologist or psychiatrist at the VA.
Each veteran with a PTSD disability claim will be assessed for a disability rating. A disability rating is a percentage of disability based on the severity of the veteran’s condition. In the case of PTSD, the veteran’s disability rating is based on a number of considerations, including:
- How severe the veteran’s PTSD symptoms are
- How frequently the veteran is afflicted by their PTSD symptoms
- Whether the veteran experiences remission of their PTSD symptoms and for how long
- Whether the veteran experiences periods of improvement in their PTSD symptoms
- How severely the veteran’s symptoms impact their ability to work and/or function socially
Contact A South Carolina Disability Benefits Lawyer Today
PTSD is a challenging disability to have to cope with. Any veteran who has to suffer with this condition deserves the disability benefits that they are entitled to. If you need help applying for and obtaining PTSD benefits for veterans, call Klok Law Firm LLC today.