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A Veterans’ Guide To Claiming Benefits For Orthopedic Injuries

Orthopedic injuries are the number one disability veterans seek treatment for each year.  These conditions often result from the strenuous and hazardous nature of their military service. If you or someone you know recently suffered an orthopedic injury while on duty, understanding how to navigate the VA’s system is crucial for getting the benefits you deserve. Learn more about the VA’s evaluation process and what you need to file your claim.

What Is An Orthopedic Injury?

Orthopedic injuries relate to anything involving your musculoskeletal system. They affect your bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons. For millions of veterans, these injuries have drastically impacted their mobility and quality of life, making finding employment or everyday activities challenging.

Veterans are particularly susceptible to a range of orthopedic injuries due to the physical demands of military service. Common conditions include:

  • Knee Injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Back Injuries
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Stress Fractures
  • Hip Injuries
  • Wrist Injuries
  • Neck Injuries
  • Combat-related Amputations
  • Degenerative Joint Disease

How Does The VA Evaluate Your Disability Rating?

The VA will evaluate your disability rating by examining the severity of your condition and its impact on your ability to work or handle daily tasks. Orthopedic injuries are assessed through physical exams, medical imaging, and range-of-motion tests. From there, the VA will assign you a percentage rating from 0% to 100% based on how much injury interferes with your daily tasks. This rating directly influences your monthly compensation and can change based on how your injuries evolve over time.

What Is The Range-of-Motion Test?

The range-of-motion test is a crucial tool that VA healthcare providers use to measure how much an orthopedic injury limits your joint movement. During the test, a clinician checks how far you can move a joint in different directions. The final results are vital for recording the injury’s severity and help the VA determine your disability level.

What Do You Need To Receive VA Benefits For An Orthopedic Condition?

To successfully claim VA benefits for an orthopedic condition, you’ll need to provide:

  • Detailed Medical Records: Documentation showing the diagnosis, treatment, and progression of the injury, as well as ongoing medical care.
  • A Clear Service Connection: Documentation of the injury’s connection to military service, which can include service medical records and statements from fellow service members.
  • Buddy Statements: Written accounts from the veteran and potentially from peers or family members discussing how the condition affects your daily activities and service-related duties.

We’re Here To Help

Navigating the VA’s claims process for orthopedic injuries can be difficult, especially if it’s your first time. However, you don’t need to go through this process alone. Our team of knowledgeable veterans’ disability attorneys is here to support veterans through every step of the process, from initial documentation to final approval. We can help you prepare your claim and ensure you have everything necessary to receive the benefits you deserve. Please contact us online or call us at 855-280-7585 if you have any questions or want to schedule a free consultation today.

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