Common Veteran Impairments that May Lead to Legal Claims
Training for and fighting in the armed services takes a toll on your body. You are exposed to extreme conditions that demand intense physical and mental strength. For this reason, you are at high risk of serious impairments that need expert medical care. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is supposed to provide you with treatment. However, if the VA fails you, you may be entitled to compensation.
Bertling Law Group is dedicated to California military veterans and their families. We have 30 years of medical malpractice defense experience that is an advantage when understanding medical issues and proving your injury claim.
Gain rightful coverage for physical conditions
Armed services veterans may suffer from mysterious symptoms that must be accurately diagnosed to render the appropriate treatment. Doctors and nurses at a Veterans’ Affairs hospital and facilities should be well trained to identify and treat unusual and rare conditions arising out of military service, such as the following:
Chemical exposure: If you were exposed to chemicals, you are at greater risk of aggressive cancers and other serious terminal illnesses that leave your body vulnerable to further damage. Your doctor should take extra precautions to avoid exacerbating your toxin exposure related condition.
Infectious disease: If you were stationed in a remote area of jungle or desert, you may be susceptible to infectious diseases that are uncommon in the United States. Early diagnosis is key to obtaining the best treatments; otherwise, your condition may worsen. In addition, you could place your family at risk of an undiagnosed contagious parasitic, viral or bacterial infection.
Traumatic brain injury: TBI is one of the most common active duty injuries military members sustain. Your head does not have to receive a direct hit to be injured; a nearby explosion or a hard jolt to your body can shake your brain and cause a serious concussion. A second concussion before a previous one heals can create chronic severe brain impairment.
Eardrum damage: Working around artillery, heavy machinery, aircraft engines and ship engine rooms can damage the inner and middle ear. The effects reach beyond just your hearing. You may experience balance and coordination issues and pain.
Treating mental health is crucial to overall recovery
You may appear physically fine, but have actually suffered a serious injury. The pressures of the job, and often facing life-or-death situations, can have lasting effects on mental health. You can get help if the issue is identified, but gone untreated, psychological conditions are just as harmful to a person’s overall health as physical ones. Unfortunately, the VA too often misses signs of mental distress and other common conditions that arise after military service:
PTSD: Military combatants are 15 times as likely to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder than civilians. Nightmares, nervousness, anger and insomnia can hinder your ability to successfully return to civilian life.
Depression: Military combatants are five times as likely to suffer from depression than civilians. If you suffered a life-altering disability or witnessed atrocities, you are at even higher risk of becoming depressed.
TBI: Traumatic brain injury can manifest as mental impairment. Obtaining appropriate care for both physical and mental issues is crucial to your recovery.
Learn how our California medical malpractice attorney helps veterans throughout the United States
Bertling Law Group assists active military and veterans who are injured at VA facilities. Contact our military injuries lawyer at 844-295-7558 for a free consultation. We represent you on a contingency basis, meaning you owe us nothing unless we collect compensation on your case, so you take no risks to pursue your rights to coverage from the negligent doctor or hospital.