Please review the cases linked to and described in text in the below:
• Veteran’s PTSD Award for Rape – $190,000 in past-due benefits
• VA Grants Service Connection for PTSD and Migraine Headaches – $330,800 in past-due benefits
• VA Grants Veteran with PTSD TDIU Rating – $109,000 in past-due benefits
• Vietnam Veteran with PTSD Wins VA Disability Claim – $250,000 in past due benefits
• Air Force Veteran with PTSD from Sexual Trauma Wins VA Claim – $160,000 in past due benefits
• TDIU Rating for Service-Connected Bipolar Illness – $150,000 in past due benefits
• Spousal PTSD Benefits from Injuries in Vietnam – $185,000 in past due benefits
• Award for Major Depressive Disorder from Military Service – $235,000 in past due benefits
• $295,000 for Veteran’s PTSD for Physical and Mental Abuse – $295,000 in past due benefits
Sid C.: Veteran diagnosed with PTSD. Denied VA disability benefits because stressor could not be verified. After a thorough review of the VA claims folder we discovered information supplied years before but not considered by the VA in making its decision to deny the veteran. By demonstrating how the VA mismanaged its own processes, we established entitlement to 100% service connected disability benefits for PTSD going back over six years. Total award: over $135,000 plus future benefits.
Greg S.: The VA improperly interpreted the rule governing how much service connected disability is required too make a veteran eligible for a total disability rating based upon unemployability. The VA also ignored this veteran’s original claim stating his inability to work. The appeal went before the Seattle Regional Office where we established total disability and obtained over $28,000 in retroactive disability benefits. We continued to appeal on behalf of the veteran seeking to obtain an earlier effective date for the onset of total disability. This appeal resulted in a finding of disability back to 1990. More than $97,000 retroactive disability benefits were obtained for the veteran. We continue to appeal the onset date of disability, seeking to establish disability back to 1983. The appeal is currently pending before the VA’s Central Office in Washington, D.C. Total award to date: over $125,000 plus future benefits.
Gary D.: The VA denied veteran’s requested increase of disability for PTSD. The VA limited service –connected PTSD to a rating of 30%. The VA attributed most of the veteran’s disability to non-service connected mental disorders. On appeal, we established veteran’s PTSD was 100% service connected and totally disabling going back many years. Total award: over $137,000 plus future benefits.
Significant Social Security Disability Cases Involving Veterans
Manuel N.: Client suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of his Vietnam War combat experience. Although he had to stop working in 1984 because of his PTSD symptomotology, he did not seek treatment and was not diagnosed with PTSD until 1996, seven years after his insured status for disability benefits expired. In order to qualify for disability benefits, we had to, and did, show Manuel was disabled years prior to his initial PTSD diagnosis. The district court reversed the Social Security Administration’s denial of disability benefits. Total award: over $100,000 plus future benefits.
Doug B.: Client suffers from PTSD as a result of his Vietnam War combat experience. He last worked in 1976 but was not diagnosed with PTSD until 1986, approximately six years after his insured status for disability benefits expired. After the federal district court ordered the Social Security Administration to correct the errors in its first decision, an administrative law judge on remand found Doug disabled. Total award: over $100,000 plus future benefits.