Schmitt & Coletta, P.C.
The VA's system for evaluating physical injuries is extremely complex and allows the VA a number of ways to improperly deny claims and minimize ratings. We have helped veterans from across the country obtain veterans disability benefits for physical injuries and conditions of all types, including:
- Back, neck and spinal cord injuries (herniated discs, impinged nerves, muscle tears, broken vertebrae, paraplegia, quadriplegia, et al.)
- Amputation injuries (hands, feet, arms, legs, above or below the knee and elbow joints)
- Disfiguring injuries
- Loss of use injuries (due to severe fractures, nerve damage, muscle or soft tissue damage and a wide range of other causes)
- Concussion Injuries or Traumatic Brain Injury
- Damage to internal organs and systems (liver, cardiopulmonary system, digestive system, etc.)
- Depression and Anxiety Caused by Physical Injuries: It's not uncommon for veterans who have serious physical disabilities to become frustrated by the inability to due things they were once able to do and feel trapped, useless, and even worthless. The consequence of these feelings is that they can lead to depression and anxiety. If this occurs, a veteran is entitled to service connection and a separate rating for the condition.
- Can't Work?The VA also rarely informs veterans that if they are unable to work due to their service connected disabilities they may be entitled to Total Disability due to Individual Unemployability (TDIU). This is commonly referred to as unemployability and pays at the 100% rate. See our page on Indivdual Unemployabilty.