PTSD Diagnosis is First Hurdle for Disabled Veterans, West Virginia Veterans’ Benefits Attorney Says

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Recent news report shows that obtaining a post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis may be difficult for some Veterans, according to Parkersburg disability benefits lawyer Jan Dils of Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, L.C.

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It can be difficult for disabled Veterans to collect the documents they need to substantiate their claims. That’s where getting the help of a qualified Veterans’ claims attorney can be useful.

A recent news report highlights a problem faced by many Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, West Virginia Veterans’ benefits attorney Jan Dils said today.

According to the Seattle Times, a team of forensic psychiatrists at an in-state Army medical facility in Washington State misdiagnosed a group of 14 soldiers. The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center reviewed the soldiers’ files and overturned the diagnoses. Six soldiers were reclassified as having PTSD and eight others with behavioral health disorders.

Dils, whose law firm handles Veterans’ disability claims, said it is not necessarily simple for servicemen and women with PTSD to obtain the ratings they need from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to qualify for appropriate benefits.

That’s why an accurate initial PTSD diagnosis is important, Dils said. Her law firm, Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, L.C., recently posted a series on PTSD and the VA rating system on its Veterans’ Disability Blog.

“The VA outlines very specific criteria and symptoms that must be evident to determine a soldiers’ degree of impairment. There also must be evidence that the PTSD resulted from a service-connected event,” the Parkersburg disability benefits attorney explained.

“It can be difficult for disabled Veterans to collect the documents they need to substantiate their claims. That’s where getting the help of a qualified Veterans’ claims attorney can be useful.”

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that causes changes in a person’s physical and mental behavior. These changes can include the inability to work, irritability and isolation. Other symptoms include memory loss, hallucinations, angry outbursts and suicidal or homicidal thoughts.

A Veteran diagnosed with PTSD may be eligible to receive VA disability benefits if the Veteran’s claim is approved. These monthly benefits can include compensation, health insurance and other services to both the Veteran and his or her family.

“The amount of compensation is determined by where the disabled Veteran falls on the rating scale,” Dils said. “An attorney can help collect the information necessary to help secure the proper rating and help the Veteran if a VA decision needs to be appealed.

“These are people who suffered a great deal while serving our country. Our lawyers see it as their duty to make sure that Veterans living with PTSD and other conditions obtain the benefits they deserve for their sacrifice.”

About Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, L.C.

Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, L.C., focuses exclusively on helping individuals with disabilities get the financial help they deserve from the government by seeking benefits from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Social Security Administration. The firm features West Virginia offices in Charleston, Parkersburg, Huntington, Logan and Beckley and one office in Charlotte, North Carolina. To learn more about Veterans’ benefits and Social Security disability benefits, call the firm at (877) 838-3726 or use its online contact form.

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