Veterans’ Disability Benefits

Researchers Develop New Treatment for PTSD

by Staff | July 31st, 2015

One of the leading conditions affecting soldiers and veterans who have returned from duties overseas is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Our Indiana veterans disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say it’s estimated that at least 540,000 service members who served during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts have came home with the condition.

PTSD can be identified by symptoms such as:

  • Changes in behavior
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Increased anxiety
  • Hypervigilance
  • Substance abuse

With so many of our nation’s veterans suffering from PTSD, it’s crucial that we develop new and better ways to treat the condition and that’s precisely what a team of researchers at Indiana University is working towards.

According to an article from WTHITV 10 News, the group is in the process of developing an innovative PTSD treatment that works by affecting chemicals in the brain.

Glutamate is a chemical that is released in the brain when traumatic events are experienced. The team has found a way to safely block the chemical in the brain, which can weaken traumatic memories and enforce more favorable memories. Officials say the research could be used in the development of new medications, which could be released within three to four years.

Giving our veterans and soldiers the care that they deserve is important to our Terre Haute personal injury attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin. That’s why we’re hopeful this research can be used to benefit the members of our nation’s armed forces in the near future.

Veterans Disability Benefits Could Increase if New Legislation Is Passed

by Staff | 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.

Getting What You Need If You’re a Veteran Suffering From a Brain Injury or PTSD

by Staff | 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.

 

Indianapolis VA Facility Manipulated Dates on Veterans Disability Benefits Records

by Staff | August 20th, 2014

When soldiers are injured or disabled as a result of injuries sustained during service, they are entitled to benefits from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA). Unfortunately, the VA has failed to provide these benefits to many veterans in a timely manner. Now, reports indicate some agency employees—including those at the Indianapolis facility— have gone so far as to manipulate dates of records to hides shortcomings.

VA policy states that when a current or former service member applies for health care or veterans’ disability benefits, the date they wish to see a doctor be recorded as the “desired date” of the claim. This date is then used to ensure all claimants are able to receive care within a 14 day window; however, 5 percent of VA employees at the Indianapolis facility stated they were told to record different dates than the ones requested by veterans. Furthermore, the Indianapolis Star reports only 14 percent of employees felt the computerized scheduling system is being used correctly.

These shortcomings have forced the federal government to consider supplying veterans with vouchers that could be used to seek treatment from private care facilities to help them get out from under the large number of backlogged claims.

The Indiana personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are aware of how difficult it can be for veterans to get the medical care and benefits they deserve. That’s why we are here to answer any questions you may have about getting your benefits. Feel free to give us a call anytime at (800) 618-4878 to discuss your claim.

New Technology Could Slash Demand for Veterans’ Disability Benefits by Reducing Injuries

by Staff | May 21st, 2014

Iron Man is a fictional comic book and movie character, but the wounds and injuries suffered by soldiers on the battlefield are very real. In fact, the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates there are currently more than 3.5 million American veterans who receive veterans disability benefits due to mental or physical conditions directly related to their military service.

So what if we could reduce the number of soldiers who suffer devastating injuries during their service to our country through better technology? If plans for the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) are successful, this dream may not be too far away.

According to an article from The New Orleans Advocate, the TALOS suit is extremely similar to the one worn by Iron Man in the sense that it is capable of preventing the wearer from being injured by bullets with exoskeleton armor, while keeping their bodies cool and providing valuable data and reconnaissance on the battlefield through tools similar to Google Glass.

Currently the system is still under design, but officials say they plan to begin implementing the use of the TALOS suit as soon as 2018.

The Terre Haute personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are hopeful the TALOS suit and other technologies will work to better protect soldiers from injuries. In the meantime though, we are here to help those who are struggling to navigate the veterans disability system. We can help answer the questions you have while walking you through each step of the process. So call us today at (800) 618-4878 or fill out a free online consultation form and a member of our staff will be in touch to discuss your needs and concerns.

VA Implements Electronic Processing To Process Backlogged Veterans’ Disability Claims

by Staff | July 24th, 2013

July 24, 2013

With an increasing number of soldiers returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan with serious injuries sustained in combat, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has seen drastic growth in the number of claims for Veterans’ Disability Benefits.

In an effort to solve this issue, the VA is currently eliminating the old paper-based processing system and moving to a much more efficient digital processor. In an article published by the Crestview News Bulletin, the new system will improve the efficiency of both the processing of claims and the gathering of information and paperwork that is available on a recipient’s current benefits.

Experts say that those using the new system can not only file a claim for benefits online, but they can also utilize up to 50 other self-service features that give them access to information on benefits including:

  • Pensions
  • Education
  • Home Loans
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

The VA is also hoping to reduce the number of backlogged claims by prioritizing the conditions veterans may be afflicted with and processing some of the oldest claims awaiting a decision first.

The Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers at the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin understand how frustrating the process of applying for Veterans’ Disability benefits can be. The firm is hopeful the changes being made will be effective in getting soldiers the care and help they deserve.