Members of the armed forces frequently experience life-threatening or traumatic events during their service. In some cases, the experience of these events can result in a serious mental health problem known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. Veterans who are suffering from PTSD may be eligible for disability compensation through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
At the Veterans Benefits Law Group, we help individuals and their families understand their rights. We work hard to ensure that veterans receive the compensation and benefits they deserve. Our lawyers proudly serve communities throughout Jackson, MS, and the surrounding areas. If you are suffering from PTSD after military service, contact our office at (601) 414-3707 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
What Is PTSD?
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a mental health condition that can greatly affect nearly every aspect of a person’s life. Many people with PTSD suffer from debilitating anxiety or uncontrollable thoughts after experiencing a life-threatening or traumatic event. PTSD may be accompanied by flashbacks of the event or nightmares that can deeply impact a person’s sleep.
PTSD is common among members of the armed forces who may have experienced one or more traumas during their service. Veterans who have received a diagnosis of PTSD-related to a traumatic event during their service may be entitled to compensation through the VA.
Who Is Eligible for PTSD-Related Compensation?
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes that service members often experience unimaginable events throughout their service. They may witness the death of another person or see suffering abroad. In order to help veterans who are suffering from PTSD, the VA allows them to file a claim for compensation.
To be eligible for PTSD-related compensation you must:
- Have been diagnosed by a doctor, and
- Have PTSD caused by a stressor that occurred during your service.
Many times, claims for VA benefits are denied due to simple errors. It is strongly recommended that you consult with an attorney to ensure that you are eligible and that your claim meets all legal requirements prior to filing.
What Is Considered a Traumatic Event?
PTSD is often triggered by a stressor or a traumatic event. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes several things that may have occurred during your service that could be considered traumatic events.
Traumatic events recognized by the VA include if you suffered a:
- Serious injury
- Personal or sexual trauma
- Sexual violation
The VA also considers it a traumatic event if you were threatened you with injury, sexual assault, or death. It is important to let your doctor know about the event that sparked your PTSD. Unfortunately, PTSD may take months or years to appear.
What Are Common Symptoms of PTSD?
There are a number of symptoms associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Symptoms can range in severity, but often impact a person’s daily activities.
According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of PTSD include:
- Distressing memories and flashbacks
- Severe emotional distress
- Avoiding places or activities that may remind you of the event
- Suicidal thoughts
- Memory problems
- Fatigue and lack of energy
- Irritability and aggressiveness
- Trouble concentrating or sleeping
These are only a few of the many symptoms experienced by individuals suffering from PTSD. It is critical to seek treatment immediately if you believe that you are experiencing a mental health condition related to your service.
How Do I File a Claim for Disability?
Filing a claim for disability can be done online, by mail, or in person. It is recommended that individuals seeking to file a claim for disability related to PTSD consult with an attorney prior to filing. An attorney can review your case to determine your eligibility. They will help to ensure that your paperwork is complete and reduce the chances that it will be rejected due to a simple error.
Attorneys can save you time and money when it comes to filing a claim for VA benefits or compensation. They will work with you one-on-one to ensure you receive the results you deserve.
While PTSD can feel overwhelming, there are treatments to help you cope with the traumatic event that you experienced during your service. It is essential to discuss your case with a professional who can provide you with the care you need.
Treatments for PTSD may include:
- Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Prolonged Exposure (PE)
Both talk therapies and medications have been shown to effectively treat PTSD. Without treatment, PTSD may become worse leading to serious complications. Complciations related to PTSD include depression, anxiety, drug or alcohol use, or suicidal thoughts.
Contact Our Office to Schedule a Free Consultation
Did you suffer PTSD as a result of your service in the armed forces? You might be able to file a claim for compensation through the VA. You need to act quickly to protect your rights. Contact our office at (601) 414-3707 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.