The Complex Problem Of Veterans With Personal Injuries

Posted on: 5 March 2015

A veteran who is receiving compensation from the US Department of Veterans Affairs or filing a compensation claim may find the compensation system confusing when it comes to personal injuries. Injuries that aren't connected to military service have a unique area in medical law that may change the veteran's ability to claim compensation, receive affordable medical care, or proceed with an injury claim. Consider a few ways to protect yourself against future confusion as you work through the compensation system.

How Does A Personal Injury Affect Veteran Benefits?

If you're working on an injury compensation claim from military service, an important fact is how the injury is related to military service. Depending on how future injuries are reported, your injury claim may become confusing.

Many military-related injuries involve issues such as broken bones, spinal problems, or physical difficulties that aren't always physically obvious. If you're involved in an accident at work, in an automobile or anywhere else that seems like it could have caused the same injury, it may be difficult to differentiate the injuries.

The most difficult scenario comes from a veteran who hasn't started his or her Veterans Affiars (VA) claim yet. The VA system is in place to block illegitimate claims, so it's up to claims investigators to make sure that your claim is a legitimate service-related issue and not a civilian injury that you're trying to hide under the VA system.

A Slow Queue System May Cause Problems

For decades, the VA claim system has been considered a bit slow when it comes to assessing a veteran's condition. Even if you start your claim in your final weeks in the military, you may find yourself waiting for a medical examination as the paperwork system gets to your claim. Instead of waiting for a VA examination, make sure to have a civilian examination to support your claim.

Even if the VA rejects your claim after an unrelated civilian injury, there are ways that medical professionals can prove the differences in your injuries. Secure a personal injury lawyer to argue your case and get a civilian medical opinion.

Before undergoing any major, avoidable procedures that may worsen or alter your condition, make sure to have a documented medical status made by independent doctors with the Veterans Affairs in mind. Medical professionals understand the financial struggles that come with medical procedures, and if there's a sensible way to avoid unnecessary costs to you, a bit of documentation isn't a problem.

Contact a personal injury lawyer to defend your rights in such difficult legal and medical concerns between military and civilian life.