Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an anxiety disorder typically triggered by a traumatic event, is probably the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric impairment among American veterans. According to a 2008 estimate released by the Rand Corporation, over 300,000 veterans have PTSD. Unfortunately, PTSD can be disabling, and, in particular, many veterans with PTSD develop an inability to leave their home for fear that they will not be safe, effectively rendering them unemployable as all jobs require regular, sustained attendance.
Whether your PTSD stems from time served in combat, a sexual or physical assault, or involvement in any other traumatic event that occurred during your time in service, including serious accidents, you have a right to veterans disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
At Friedman Disability, our practice focuses on helping veterans whose PTSD prevents them from working full-time obtain disability compensation from the VA. Since 1990, we have helped more than 1000 veterans with PTSD obtain more than $50 Million in disability benefits from the VA.
In most cases, we fight to obtain for our clients either a 100% service-connected rating or a Total Disability Rating based upon Individual Unemployability (TDIU). While many of our clients are combat veterans or victims of military sexual trauma (MST), we also represent many veterans whose PTSD stems from non-combat stressors and have extensive experience proving in-service, non-combat stressors.
Firm owner and founder, Robert Friedman, handles each and every one of our veterans disability cases personally and over the past twenty years has dedicated his career to helping disabled veterans throughout the United States obtain the disability benefits they deserve. Our approach to proving disability gets results, and you can rest assured that our staff will do absolutely everything we can to help you win your claim. Furthermore, while your claim is being adjudicated, our office will keep you informed about the status of your case and the strategy being implemented on your behalf. To learn more about our approach to representing veterans in TDIU claims, please read our article entitled, “TDIU Claims and Veterans with Severe PTSD.”
To learn more about our representation of veterans, please navigate our website to learn more about cases we have won, briefs that we have written for past clients, and Mr. Friedman’s views on how PTSD can prevent veterans from working.
While the one symptom of PTSD that unites most of our clients is that they are afraid to leave their homes, other symptoms often include:
• Flashbacks, or reliving the traumatic event
• Upsetting dreams about the traumatic event
• Trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event
• Feeling emotionally numb
• Avoiding activities
• Feeling hopeless
• Having trouble with your memory
• Difficulty concentrating
• Inability or difficulty in maintaining close relationships
• Irritability or anger
• Overwhelming feelings of guilt or shame
• Self-destructive behavior
• Difficulty sleeping
• Being easily startled or frightened
• Visual or auditory hallucinations
Post-traumatic stress disorder has also been called post-traumatic stress syndrome, battle fatigue, or shell shock.
In order to be eligible for service-connected disability benefits for PTSD, a veteran must demonstrate that he or she has a medical diagnosis of PTSD, evidence of a stressor event that occurred during service in the military, and evidence, usually a medical expert opinion, that proves the stressor event is the cause of the veteran’s PTSD.
Once service connection for PTSD has been established, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs will determine the severity of the veteran’s PTSD by applying a graduated scale of disability, which begins at 0 percent and has rates of 10 percent, 30 percent, 50 percent, 70 percent, and 100 percent. While a 100% rating means that you have PTSD and are so impaired by it that you can no longer work full-time, a 0% rating signifies that you have PTSD but are not significantly impaired by it. In order to determine how severe a veteran’s PTSD is within this graduated scale, the VA utilizes the Global Assessment of Functioning Scale (GAF).
If you or a loved one served in the military and are now suffering from PTSD, please do not hesitate to contact our office for a free consultation. Call us at 800-742-5035 or use the contact form on this site.