Obtaining VA Benefits for PTSD and Mental Health Problems
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the most common mental health problems associated with service in a military conflict. Unfortunately for veterans who struggle with PTSD, it can be one of the most difficult to prove for disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
If you have PTSD or another mental health problem as a result of your military service, you may benefit from having an experienced lawyer to guide you through the application process. At The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, you will find attorneys who can handle it for you if your application for VA disability benefits has been denied. We serve clients in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse and throughout western, central and upstate New York.
PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can occur after someone experiences a traumatic event. Often, symptoms begin soon after the event, but they may not appear until months or even years afterward. Symptoms include:
- Reliving the traumatic event
- Avoiding things that remind you of the event
- Feeling numb
- Feeling keyed up
Treatment is available for this disorder. So are VA disability benefits when the symptoms are severe enough. Proving that you qualify for VA benefits due to mental disability, however, can be challenging.
Qualifying for VA Disability Benefits
The VA defines mentally ill veterans as those with disorders that meet criteria in the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic manual of disorders. For PTSD, you must have a medical diagnosis and your condition must have been caused by an in-service stressor.
A stressor is generally a traumatic event or incident that is likely to cause a mental disorder. The VA will now accept being in fear of military or terrorist activity as a stressor. More proof may be required for other types of in-service stressors. Issues like these are what make applying for disability benefits for PTSD and other mental health problems so complicated.
Contact The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC
At The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, our attorneys can handle the process for you. To learn more about veterans disability claims for PTSD or other mental health problems, contact us today for a free initial consultation. Call 877-236-7366 or contact us online.
Our cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means you will not owe us attorneys fees unless we succeed in your case.