Migraines and Headaches
Migraines can be incapacitating and the cause of missed work. In some instances, they can be so severe that they render an individual unemployable. Unfortunately, VA regulations limit the amount of scheduler compensation a veteran can receive for migraine headaches to 50 percent. This is unfortunate and often results in veterans not being adequately compensated for their conditions. In instances such as this, where VA regulations limit compensation, veterans should consider applying for TDIU – total disability based upon individual unemployability (TDIU).
Neuropathy, Radiculopathy, Paresthesia and Other Forms of Nerve Impairment
Veterans may receive VA compensation for conditions affecting the nervous system, and each body extremity can be separately compensated (eg. left leg, right leg, left arm, right arm). In some instances, this compensation can be in addition to other conditions that may be causing the nerve impairment. For example, a veteran can receive compensation for degenerative disc disease (DDD) of the lower back and additionally be compensated for sciatic nerve problems in each leg. Common conditions such as sciatica, bell’s palsy and carpal tunnel syndrome are all forms of nerve impairment.
Most nerve-related conditions are considered chronic, presumptive conditions set forth under 38 CFR 3.309 since they constitute “organic diseases of the nervous system.” As such, presumptive service-connection may be warranted if you were diagnosed or experienced nerve-related symptoms within one year of separation of active duty service.
Did the VA deny you benefits for a nervous system condition that started on or manifested itself within 1 year of active duty? If so, you may be entitled VA benefits. Contact VA Disability Group online or call 1-844-VETLAWS (1-844-838-5297) for a free case evaluation.