Everything You Need to Know About Filing a Claim for PTSD

Hi this is Allen Gumpenberger back with another blog that will hopefully educate, as well as enlighten you on VA Disability. If you have been diagnosed with PTSD, it may be difficult to think about the possibility of being compensated for your service-related disability. Some of the veterans that we work with at Gumps don’t even know that they could file a disability claim for PTSD. There are many ways that veterans can receive compensation and many things they must do to get that compensation.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental illness caused by a traumatic event. It can affect anyone who has experienced a traumatic event, but the possibility of getting PTSD because of the military is quite high. PTSD is a common problem among veterans. It causes stress and anxiety in their life, as well as difficulty dealing with others. and it could be caused by several situations that many veterans experience frequently such as witnessing people being killed, fellow service members dying and witnessing shocking events in general, events that civilians don’t get to witness that often.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a serious mental illness and something that severely affects a person’s ability to enjoy and get by through day-to-day activities, a person with PTSD is likely to isolate themself and avoid interacting with other people.

Here are some of the most common symptoms of PTSD:
⦁ Depression – feeling depressed or sad all the time, lack of interest in things you used to enjoy, difficulty concentrating.
⦁ Anxiety – feeling anxious and nervous all the time, difficulty sleeping, difficulty breathing, increased heart rate.
⦁ Social Isolation – avoiding other people because you feel uncomfortable around them, not wanting to leave your home.
⦁ Flashbacks – reliving the traumatic event over and over again as if it were happening now.
⦁ Suicidal thoughts.

What kind of benefits can you get for PTSD?
⦁ Compensation (payements).
⦁ Health Care.
⦁ PTSD treatment.

What do you need to qualify for these benefits?
⦁ To qualify for benefits for your PTSD you need to first get diagnosed for PTSD by a qualified psychiatrist.
⦁ The PTSD symptoms are related to a traumatic event that happened during your time in the military, also called The stressor.
⦁ You must prove that this event happened during your time in the military and that.
⦁ A VA psychiatrist or psychologist agrees that the stressor is enough to cause those symptoms.

5 Causes of VA Claims Delay

You might be wondering how long it will take to process a VA claim or even concerned about the reason for delays of VA Claims.
Your worries are valid and will be answered right in this article.
In responding to your concern above, you must confirm whether you’re submitting a Fully Developed Claim (FDC) or non-FDC.
Your choice will determine the factors militating against speedy VA Claims.
Factors that cause delay of VA Claims

  • First Claim: usually the initial claims are the longest to process because of the administrative requirements such as your Service Treatment Records and your personal bio. Getting all these together can cause delay.
  • Number of Disability: How many disability cases are you filing? This may be the reason for the delay experienced. The higher numbers of disabilities you file, the greater time it will take to process your claims.
  • C & P examination schedule: you might not have control over the time for your Compensation and Pension Exams but the longer it takes to schedule it, will consequently affect how early you can get your VA Claims.
  • VA Claims backlog: if there are many pending VA Claims to sort out, yours might fall into the pile resulting in delays.
  • A Speciality VA Claims: filing some specific VA Claims such as Burn Pit Exposure that can only be facilitated at designated regional offices can delay your VA Claims.

Final thoughts
Now that you know some of the factors that can cause your VA Claims to be delayed, you would be better prepared when they occur to either avoid them or handle them well.