VA disabilities are any medical conditions that arise as a result of a person’s military service or arise during service. To begin receiving VA disability benefits, you must file a claim and include supporting documentation that proves you have a VA disability.
VA maintains a master list of disabling conditions that have a pre-set list of criteria that must be met. If you receive a diagnosis of one or more of these conditions and can show that it arose during service or from an event in your military service, you may get approved for VA disability. If you have a condition that is not on the master list, the VA has a process to consider your condition using an analogous rating.
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The Categories of VA Disabilities
The VA breaks down its master list of disabilities by category. Under each category, it offers a list of the approved conditions within that category. Each listing of a condition contains all the qualifying criteria you must meet to receive benefits.
The categories of VA disabilities are as follows:
Cardiovascular conditions eligible for VA disability include:
- Artery and vein conditions
- Heart conditions, such as heart attacks or surgery
Dental and Oral
Dental and oral conditions eligible for benefits include TMJ disorders and a host of assorted other ailments.
Dermatological conditions eligible for VA disability include:
- Skin conditions
- Scarring and disfigurement
Ear, Nose, and Throat
Ear, nose, and throat ailments for which you may receive benefits include:
- Vestibular and infectious ear conditions
- Loss of smell or taste
- Conditions affecting the nose, throat, larynx, and pharynx
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You can receive VA disability for a number of endocrinological conditions, including:
- Diabetes mellitus
- Thyroid and parathyroid conditions
Gastrointestinal conditions eligible for benefits include:
- Hiatal hernia
- Gallbladder and pancreas conditions
- Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
- Hepatitis, cirrhosis, and other liver ailments
- Peritoneal adhesions
- Bacterial and parasitic infections
- Intestinal surgery
The following genitourinary conditions are eligible for benefits:
- Kidney conditions
- Reproductive disorders
- Prostate cancer
- Urinary tract conditions
You can receive benefits for both breast and gynecological conditions.
Hematologic and Lymphatic
You can receive VA disability for leukemia, lymphoma, anemia, and other hematologic and lymphatic ailments.
Infectious diseases eligible for benefits include:
- Infectious diseases obtained in Afghanistan or the Persian Gulf
- Lupus and other autoimmune diseases
- Nutritional deficits
The following musculoskeletal issues are eligible for VA disability:
- Ankle conditions
- Conditions of the elbow, forearm, arm, shoulder, hands, or fingers
- Conditions of the hip, thigh, leg, ankle, or foot
- Muscle injuries
- Back or neck conditions
You can receive VA disability for these neurological conditions:
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Central nervous system diseases
- Cranial nerve conditions
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Seizure disorder
You can receive VA disability for various eye conditions, including:
- Retina disease
Psychological ailments eligible for benefits include:
- Eating disorders
- Other mental disorders
If you have sleep apnea or another respiratory ailment, you may be eligible for VA disability.
In many cases, a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome makes you eligible to start collecting VA disability.
If you have any one of a number of conditions that require surgical intervention, you could be eligible for VA disability. These conditions include hemorrhoids and hernias.
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How to Receive Compensation for a VA Disability
If you have any medical condition that VA considers a disability, you can apply for and receive compensation. Your case needs to prove three things:
Your Diagnosis Meets VA’s Criteria
Having a condition listed by the VA as a disability is not always enough. Your diagnosis must meet the criteria laid out in the listing. Provided an expert from Disabled Vets VA benefits attorneys is representing you, they can review your medical records and make sure the evidence you submit to the VA is sufficient.
You Experienced an Event or Symptom Onset During Military Service
You must prove that you experienced a specific event during your military service or that your condition began during your military service.
There is a Nexus Between Your Condition and Military Service
You must show that the diagnosis you have now is a continuation of what began in service OR that your condition is due to an event in service. This is another item with which a lawyer can provide tremendous help. Your attorney will go through your service records to help pinpoint an in-service event or in-service onset. Oftentimes, lay statements from you and your loved ones can be used to establish the in-service event or onset. Once the in-service event or onset is established, the next step is to obtain a medical nexus opinion.
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