Orthopedic Injuries

Orthopedic Injuries

The Bilateral Factor VA Disability Group Attorney Casey WalkerOur accredited veteran disability lawyers in Kalamazoo, MI can help you receive the compensation you deserve for service-connected orthopedic injuries. Serving in the military is physically demanding and often leaves veterans with chronic conditions that limit their ability to work.

If you were denied VA disability compensation for service-connected conditions, don’t hesitate to give us a call. VA disability law can be confusing, which is why it’s important you hire one of our veterans attorneys to represent your case.

What Are Orthopedic Injuries?

Joint and Musculoskeletal Injuries, Including Arthritis

Military jobs are physically demanding. Physical training is required to enter the armed forces, and servicemembers routinely participate in physically-demanding activities such as running, road marches, jumping out of airplanes, scuba diving, running, obstacle courses, and combat during the remainder of their service. This is one aspect of military life that makes it uniquely challenging.

Physically demanding activities required by the military take a toll on the body and often lead to long-term musculoskeletal injuries. Injuries involving the back, legs, arms, feet, shoulders, hips, knees, and other joints are commonly experienced by servicemembers. These orthopedic injuries may then lead to chronic conditions, such as arthritis.

Often times, these injuries set off a domino effect and cause the veteran to have problems with other areas of their body. For example, a veteran with a right knee problem may overcompensate with their left knee. This overcompensation causes the veteran to also begin having problems with their left knee. In such an instance, compensation may be warranted for both the right and left knees since the left knee problem is “secondary” to the right knee problem. In such an instance, an expert medical opinion is needed for linking the two conditions.

Our VA lawyers may recommend you get an Independent Medical Exam (IME) to link more than one condition to your military service. The VA is more likely to accept findings from an IME doctor because they are impartial. This is just one of the many ways our VA disability attorneys strategize and look out for your best interests.

Why Was My Claim Denied?

The most common reason a veteran is denied service-connection is that their service treatment records don’t reflect the onset of the condition while on active duty. Some veterans simply weren’t treated for their injuries while on active duty, and sometimes symptoms caused by military service don’t manifest themselves until the servicemember exits active duty. In instances such as this, a medical opinion is typically needed in order for service-connection to be awarded.

Should I Get a VA Disability Lawyer?

Yes! We highly recommend you hire one of our VA disability lawyers. When rendering decisions, the VA puts considerable emphasis on a veteran’s military service treatment records (often referred to as STRs or SMRs). Unfortunately, many veterans’ service treatment records lack documentation of injuries sustained while in service, so the record lacks proof that the onset of the current condition started while on active duty status. Our lawyers for veterans benefits will be able to help you gather evidence that proves your orthopedic injuries were caused by military service.

Were you denied VA disability benefits for residual joint issues such as arthritis, limitation of motion, painful motion, or “secondary” problems caused by your service-connected conditions? If so, let the VA Disability Group help so you can receive the VA benefits you deserve. To request a consultation with one of our VA disability lawyers in Kalamazoo, MI, call 1-844-VET-LAWS (1-844-838-5297).