As a veteran, you are likely already aware of how difficult it can be to obtain VA benefits. What happens if you are disabled? Does the VA offer any disability benefits? Getting approved for veterans’ disability benefits can be challenging, which is why you need the expertise of an Orlando veterans’ disability benefits attorney.
At the Law Offices of Shea A. Fugate, P.A., we routinely help Florida clients with their VA disability applications and appeals. We have the skills, experience, knowledge, and dedication necessary to pursue your disability claim. We get a lot of questions from potential clients who want to know more about possible veterans’ disability benefits and how the process works. Here’s a look at some of the most frequently asked questions we receive.
Who Qualifies for VA Disability Benefits?
If you were injured, wounded, or became sick while you were still active duty, or you have a condition that was made worse because of your active military duty, then you may be eligible to receive disability benefits.
Do I Need to Worry About Paying Taxes on VA Disability Benefits?
No, there are no tax implications for veterans’ disability benefits.
Does PTSD Qualify for VA Disability Benefits?
In the event you are a veteran and have some symptoms of PTSD, you might qualify for veterans’ benefits if you are diagnosed with PTSD. Some symptoms include:
- Difficulty concentrating and/or sleeping
- Survivor’s guilt
- Generalized nervousness, anxiety, or depression
- Difficulty reconnecting with family and friends on an emotional level
- Emotional numbness for an extended period of time following the traumatic event in question
- Nightmares and/or flashbacks to the traumatic event
- Strong reactions to any sound that resembles the event
Do Veterans’ Benefits Extend to Family Members?
Dependents of a living veteran may in some cases qualify for veterans’ benefits if the veteran cannot support the dependents. In addition, surviving family members may receive some benefits after a veteran passes away. Some of the compensation may include a death pension, death compensation, dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC), and accrued benefits.
Are Any Mental Disorders Covered Under Veterans’ Disability Benefits?
Yes, depending on the circumstances, there may be some mental disorders that qualify for VA disability benefits. These include:
- Anxiety disorders
- Schizophrenia or psychotic disorders
- Dissociative disorders
- Eating or mood disorders
- Dementia or delirium
What Happens if My VA Disability Claim is Denied?
In the event your claim is denied, don’t despair. It’s not uncommon to have your claim denied the first time around. This is why you need the expertise of an Orlando veterans’ disability attorney who can help. The appeals process can be lengthy and complicated. When you retain an attorney who has experience navigating the appeals process, it can mean the difference between obtaining a disability rating and benefits or receiving nothing at all.
Contact a Florida Veterans’ Disability Lawyer Today
If you have questions about veterans’ disability benefits in Florida, or you need assistance pursuing an appeal, contact the Law Offices of Shea A. Fugate, P.A. today to schedule an initial consultation.