VA Disability Claims for Military Service-Related Trauma
Military personnel who never served in a forward combat zone, or were never even deployed, can nonetheless suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Any major trauma that occurred during military service — an assault, an accident, a witnessed event — can trigger the aftermath known as PTSD.
The legal team at Berry Law Firm aggressively advocates for veterans suffering from psychological disorders, including PTSD stemming from non-combat events. We assist clients nationwide whose VA claims were denied for lack of service connection or confirmed PTSD diagnosis. Contact us to arrange a free consultation with experienced VA disability lawyers.
Sexual Assault · Military Training Injuries · Non-Combat PTSD Lawyers
Post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD, is recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as a disabling medical condition. The triggering "stressor" for the psychological, emotional and physiological symptoms could be something that happened to you or something you witnessed:
- A sexual assault (male-to-female or male-to-male)
- A physical assault
- A vehicle accident while on duty (on or off-post)
- A "friendly fire" injury
- A training accident
- An explosion
- A fellow service member's accidental death or suicide
- Any traumatic event
Service-related trauma can refer to events that occur during active duty, while training, during weekend maneuvers or in any capacity in which you are engaged as a member of the armed forces, including the National Guard or Reserves. Our experienced attorneys can prove the specific service connection if the claim is denied on that basis.
We have handled a wide array of non-combat PTSD claims. On one military base, female service members who visited the latrine at night were at extreme risk of being raped. At another base, a man was accidentally shot while clearing a trench during a live fire training exercise. A soldier in the rear echelons who had the grim task of processing the remains of fallen comrades was overcome with grief and guilt when he came upon the body of his high school buddy.
PTSD affects each person differently. Some experience symptoms soon after; for others the disorder crops up months or years later. Some can't stop reliving the event. Some can't stand to talk about or be reminded of it.
Our role is to help clients get a diagnosis and the maximum disability rating by detailing all the ways that the stressor affects employment, family life, personal relationships and other facets of daily living. The event itself (such as a sexual assault) does not have to be proven as long as doctors diagnose PTSD.
National PTSD Non-Combat Injuries Lawyers
At the Berry Law Firm, many of our attorneys and staff are military veterans. We understand the stresses and dangers of military service, and we are intimately familiar with VA disability claims and the appeals process. We represent injured veterans throughout the United States.
We invite you to arrange a free consultation by calling 888-822-7079 or by contacting us online. Our veterans' claims law firm handles VA disability cases on a contingency fee basis. There are no attorney fees unless we secure benefits for you.