Service Connected Disability: Legal Definition

A service-connected disability is a medical condition that arose because of a specific event during your military service. That is, the event either caused you to develop the ailment or created the conditions that ultimately led to its development.

Because the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) only grants disability benefits to veterans with service-connected medical conditions, proving a link between your military service and your current diagnosis is essential to the success of your claim.

A VA disability lawyer from the Disability Advantage Group, can help you prove this essential connection and submit a compelling VA disability claim. We work hard to help disabled veterans to collect the benefits they deserve.

For a free case evaluation with a member of our team, call us today at 865-566-0800.

Examples of Service-Connected Disabilities

There are innumerable examples of service-connected disabilities. For a medical condition to be considered a service-connection disability, you must have developed it due to an event you experienced during your military service.

The condition does not have to be totally disabling or even severe. Unlike the Social Security Administration (SSA), VA does not limit benefits to those who have total disabilities. Many VA disability recipients hold down jobs and live fully functional lives, but they also might receive less monthly disability compensation than those with more severe conditions.

A few examples of service-connected disabilities are:

  • A hearing loss caused by exposure to repeated gun blasts during combat or other military exercise.
  • A lower back injury caused by intensely physical military training.
  • A skin condition caused by exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicide while in the military.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) caused by the horrors of combat.
  • Social anxiety disorder or any phobia (such as agoraphobia, the fear of open spaces) triggered by a traumatic or troubling event during your military service.

How a VA Disability Lawyer Can Help You Establish a Service Connection

For your VA disability claim to be successful, you must establish a service-connection. Without this link, VA is unlikely to grant you benefits. A lawyer can help you prove your case by scouring your military and medical records and then reconciling them to draw a clear connection between a specific event and your current diagnosis.

Before you begin the process of filing a VA disability claim, it is a good idea to speak with a lawyer about the requirements involved, including proof of a service-connected disability.

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