M.C. chose Friedman Disability to represent her in her VA disability claim after the VA denied her 2014 claim for service connection for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While serving in the United States Navy, M.C. was a computer data analyst working on top secret projects for the Office of Naval Intelligence and served with distinction from 1984 to 1992. During this time, she suffered several different traumatic experiences, including an incident in which faulty missile targeting data led to civilian casualties for which she felt responsible. M.C. abused alcohol to cope with this stressor, but this was swept under the rug by her superiors who did not want this to negatively impact her ability to serve overseas.
When the VA denied service connection for M.C.’s PTSD, it claimed that M.C. had failed to provide sufficient evidence that the stressor had occurred during her service but failed to provide substantial reasoning for this finding. Our firm was able to demonstrate that M.C. had been involved in this missile targeting incident and that her PTSD was the result of this in-service stressor. In 2017, the VA awarded M.C. a 100 percent schedular disability rating for PTSD and major depression effective 2013, which resulted in an award of more than $143,000 in past-due benefits.