Originally appeared on Hill and Ponton BlogWhen dealing with VA claims, the topic of conversation generally revolves around obtaining a rating of 100%. However, even if you are rated 100%, you could qualify for additional benefits beyond the 100% schedular rating (but do not need to be rated at 100%). These additional benefits are referred to as Special Monthly … [Read more...] about Aid & Attendance: SMC Benefits Beyond 100% – From Hill and Ponton by Kirsten Hirt, Claims Advocate
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Berta posted this reminder about Clemons v Shinkseki when claiming mental health disabilities. Read the full post and additional comments here."The scope of a mental health disability claim includes any mental health disability that could reasonably be encompassed by the claimant's description of the claim, reported symptoms, and the other information of record. … [Read more...] about Clemons v. Shinseki – Scope of a mental health disability claim includes any mental health disability that could reasonably be encompassed by the claimant’s description of the claim, reported symptoms, and the other information of record.
14 Questions About VA Disability Claims - When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about when it comes to filing VA Disability Claims.Veterans Affairs Math Explained – It’s Not Your Mother’s … [Read more...] about Popular Articles
Individual Unemployability is a part of VA's disability compensation program that allows Veterans Affairs to pay certain Veterans disability compensation at the 100% rate, even though Veterans Affairs has not rated their service-connected disabilities at the total level. Eligibility Requirements:You must be a Veteran You must have at least one service connected … [Read more...] about Individual Unemployability
In Chris Attig’s article “Bad Medicine? 6 Ways to Challenge Veterans Affairs C&P Exam Results” This article is referenced from a longer article on “How to Use Court Cases to Improve Your Veterans Affairs Claim or Appeal” I’ve also include the summary from the case for reference along with links to the complete article on Chris’s site the Veterans Law Blog. Excerpt from … [Read more...] about Challenging Your C&P Exam
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after you have been through a trauma. A trauma is a shocking and dangerous event that you see or that happens to you. During this type of event, you think that your life or others' lives are in danger.Going through trauma is not rare. About 6 of every 10 men (or 60%) and 5 of every 10 women (or 50%) experience at least one … [Read more...] about How Common Is PTSD?
Exposure to traumatic experiences has always been a part of the human condition. Attacks by saber tooth tigers or twenty-first century terrorists have likely led to similar psychological responses in survivors of such violence. Literary accounts offer the first descriptions of what we now call posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For example, authors including Homer (The … [Read more...] about History of PTSD in Veterans: Civil War to DSM-5 by Matthew J. Friedman, MD, PhD Senior Advisor and former Executive Director, National Center for PTSD
Being in the military everyone knows the hurry up and wait or the standing by to stand by. In this blog post Amanda Dejesus from Hill and Ponton tells about ways veteran's claims can be expedited:Veterans who are terminally ill Veterans who are facing extreme financial hardship and/or homelessness Veterans who have reached advanced age – there is uncertainty in the … [Read more...] about Hurry Up and Wait – at VA the tradition continues
No surprise this month to see Tinnitus questions as one of the top discussions. Tinnitus is the most common service connected disability. In the military there's a lot of boom boom and jet engines, while hearing protection has improved it's not always practical in real life situations. All related Tinnitus Information Click Here How is tinnitus tested by VA for compensation … [Read more...] about Top 10 Discussions June 2017 – Veterans Compensation Claims
I’ve had friends, family, clients that have needed to file for disability, and for the right reasons. They’re very sick or whatever it may be, and they really did not realize that they had to have worked five out of the past 10 years. They thought maybe because they had worked 20 years, and they had stopped, that they would still be eligible, and that is not the case. So it is … [Read more...] about Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits Overview – Hill & Ponton