Sexual assault in the military is far too common. Unfortunately, many who are raped while on active duty are often too afraid of retaliation to report the incident. The VA understands that Military Sexual Trauma (MST) occurs and that it can leave invisible scars that may significantly impact a person’s ability to work. If a veteran has experienced MST, and developed a mental health disorder as a result, then they may be entitled to disability benefits. Our attorneys assist veterans across the United States in winning the benefits they deserve following the VA’s denial of disability. Contact our office today for a free case evaluation.
Atlanta based attorneys representing veterans in MST disability appeals
Experiencing a sexual assault while serving on active duty in the military is a horrifying experience. Unfortunately, it is not enough to justify receiving military disability benefits. MST is not a condition in and of itself. The VA, however, recognizes that experiencing a sexual trauma often directly leads to mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, panic attack, PTSD, and/or substance abuse. In order to receive disability benefits on the basis of MST, a veteran must prove a number of things:
- That they experienced a military sexual trauma while on active duty
- That they are currently diagnosed with a mental or physical disability
- That the disability was directly caused or significantly worsened by the MST
In addition to proving that MST has occurred the veteran must also prove that the mental health disorder that was the result of the MST has significantly interfered with their ability to work. On the initial application, many veterans often fail to adequately describe the degree to which they are impaired and this results in a denial in benefits. This can lead to denial which, in turn, can be disputed through a “Notice of Disagreement.”
Our attorneys aggressively protect the rights of veterans suffering from MST and who have been denied benefits by the VA. We will immediately collect medical records establishing one’s condition. We will promptly file your Notice of Disagreement and keep you informed of your case’s status throughout the process. We will ensure that you understand what to expect as your case moves forward. Our lawyers understand that this is a stressful time in your life. We will worry about the law so you can worry about the future. We represent veterans in all fifty states as well as the greater Atlanta Metro area including Macon, Savannah, Athens, Kennesaw, Marietta, Decatur, Dunwoody, Stone Mountain, Tucker, Alpharetta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Norcross, Gainesville, as well as the counties of Bibb, Chatham, Clarke, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Richmond.
Atlanta based attorneys representing veterans throughout the United States
When the VA assigns a rating in their disability benefits decision, that rating does not necessarily mean that they doubt a sexual assault occurred. It does mean that they question whether or not the mental health condition is severe enough to disrupt functioning. Our attorneys understand how to document a condition in order to properly prove how your experience has interfered with your ability to find and hold gainful employment. We are available to assist in the entire appeals process and welcome any informal questions a veteran may have while filling out the initial application. Our office is located in the Atlanta metro area and we represent clients throughout the United States. We are able to file most documentation electronically and can adequately communicate through phone and email, but are available to travel in order to represent veterans during necessary hearings. Contact our office today for a free case evaluation.