Veteran Benefits For PTSD
For a long time, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) did not recognize post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a valid condition to receive benefits. That has all changed. Now veterans have the right to benefits that cover their PTSD treatment alone.
At the Pennsylvania offices of QuatriniRafferty, our attorneys help to ensure that veterans receive the full benefits and compensation they deserve. We give veterans and their families the care they need with our extensive resources and legal experience.
You Deserve Compensation After Your Service
PTSD can take a severe toll on you and your loved ones. Veterans often suffer symptoms such as:
- Emotional distress
- Vivid flashbacks
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Avoidance of places or people
In addition to these symptoms, PTSD often leads to other conditions, such as anxiety or depression, and drug or alcohol addiction. These conditions often need treatment on their own. On top of treatments for PTSD and other possible injuries, your medical bills could pile up fast.
There is no question that veterans deserve benefits to cover:
- Medical treatment
- Disability compensation
- Further job training or education
Pain and PTSD are individual experiences. Some veterans may suffer PTSD as a result of serious injuries such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) from an explosion. They may have received benefits for their physical injuries, but none for their PTSD treatment.
At QuatriniRafferty, it is our goal to help veterans get the support they need. Our lawyers have extensive experience helping veterans through difficult situations, including Agent Orange and Camp Lejeune claims. We have a large network of medical professionals around the Greensburg area, so we can help you find the doctor best-suited for your needs.
Let us handle your legal concerns, while you concentrate on feeling whole again and getting your life back on track.
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QR is pleased to announce that our appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals for an Army veteran with service in Vietnam resulted in a reversal of the initial Ratings Determination by the Department of Veterans Affairs (Pittsburgh Regional Office) and a full grant of service connection for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The Veterans applied on his own and was originally denied by the Pittsburgh Regional Office. Attorney Michael Quatrini appealed the unfavorable decision and worked with the Veteran’s private psychiatrist to challenge the opinion of the VA examiner, who opined that the Veteran did not suffer from PTSD.
Attorney Quatrini attended a video teleconference with the Veteran in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was able to convince the Veterans law judge to accept the following facts:
- – the Veteran engaged in combat during his service
- – the Veteran had a qualifying DSM-IV diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from his private psychiatrist
- – the Veteran’s claimed stressors were more likely than not related to his combat service
Further, the Veterans law judge also accepted our argument that a grant of service connection was proper for two reasons: (1) the opinion of the private psychiatrist was simply more credible, and (2) the two medical opinions — one from the VA and one from the private psychiatrist — were in “relative equipoise,” meaning that the two opinions essentially tied, and compelled a victory for the Veteran.
The BVA decision will now head back to the Pittsburgh Regional Office for further adjudication, including an updated evaluation and rating for the Veteran’s PTSD.