June 12th, 2015|
There are millions of former members of the American armed forces who are no longer able to work due to injuries or illnesses sustained in the line of duty. A majority of these individuals qualify for veterans disability benefits, but many still struggle to make ends meet on the meager compensation these benefits offer.
Our Terre Haute veterans disability attorneys at the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out that lawmakers are working to address these benefits shortcomings by introducing new legislation that would increase payments to disabled veterans.
An article from the Missoulian states Senator Jon Tester has sponsored a bill that calls for an annual increase in veterans disability benefits payments to be considered. Under the new law, the increase would be calculated using rates of inflation—a similar process to what is used to determine Cost of Living Adjustments for Social Security Disability recipients. If the new law is approved, it would take effect in December of this year.
This isn’t the first time Sen. Tester has fought for increases in veterans disability benefits. He sponsored a bill last year that increased payments by 1.7 percent.
Our legal staff at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin believe in ensuring our nation’s veterans get the benefits they need to make ends meet. That’s why our Terre Haute personal injury lawyers would like to applaud lawmakers like Sen. Tester for standing up for our soldiers’ rights.
January 9th, 2015|
As more and more soldiers return home from the battlefield, many continue to fight a different battle. They struggle to overcome the injuries and medical conditions that now plague their lives.
Common Medical Conditions Among Veterans
Two of the most regularly reported medical conditions among soldiers and veterans are Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Estimates from the military show as many as one-third of service members return from duty having suffered a TBI, while hundreds of thousands of veterans have been diagnosed with PTSD.
The Correlations Between a Brain Injury and PTSD
Based on symptoms alone, it can often be difficult to tell the difference between a patient who is suffering from PTSD and another who has a TBI. An article from Medscape states a new study has shown victims of both conditions can exhibit mild cognitive impairment and psychological distress.
Determining whether a patient is experiencing symptoms of PTSD or a TBI may only be accomplished through testing. It’s important to know though, that help is available for those suffering from either condition.
Get the Help You Need
The federal government provides former service members with a number of programs to assist them with their needs, including medical care and veterans disability benefits if they are no longer able to work due to their condition. Being approved to utilize these programs can be difficult though and may require legal assistance.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we can help if you’re a veteran in need of compensation for injuries or medical conditions resulting from your time in the military. Call us today at (800) 477-7315 for a free consultation of your case and to learn more about how we can assist you.