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Disability Law Group: January Case Spotlight

Attorney Mandy Kelly was contacted by a female veteran suffering from severe PTSD, chronic pain, and significant breathing issues which, unfortunately, rendered her unable to work. She filed for service-connected disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, but, like most veterans, she was denied.  Prior to entering the service, she was a smart, healthy young woman who was looking forward to serving her country, but she exited with more pain than anyone should endure in a lifetime.

Feeling discouraged and ready to give up, she was told to contact an attorney who specializes in veterans’ disability cases to see if she had a case worth pursuing. This is when she called and reached out to attorney Mandy Kelly for help. After her free consultation with Mandy, she felt confident that she had a strong case and now an attorney who could help her fight to get the benefits she deserved. She immediately hired Attorney Kelly to represent her and pursue her appeal.

The veteran’s hearing before a Board of Veterans’ Appeals Judge was scheduled for February of 2020.  During her hearings, she was finally able to explain to the Judge all of the pain she has been going through since her time in service.  She was able to express how her exposures in service caused her to suffer from asthma. She also explained how her experiences in service caused her to develop severe PTSD. She described feeling as though her chronic pain was not addressed during her active duty time, even after she begged her superiors for help. With the assistance of Mandy Kelly, and the help of her supportive doctors, she was able to obtain numerous medical nexus opinions corroborating that her conditions began in service.  Every one of her specialists supported her connections when the proper medical literature was supplied to the doctors by Disability Law Group.

Ultimately the Board found that the weight of the evidence was in favor of service connection for all of her conditions. After years of waiting for justice and validation, this veteran client was finally awarded service connection for asthma, PTSD, and chronic pain. Additionally, she was granted individual unemployability with permanent and total status, retroactive to 2013!

If you or someone you know are suffering from PTSD, chronic pain or other serious health problems that you believe were caused by something you were exposed to in-service, contact Disability Law Group today for your free consultation. Our attorneys and staff specialize strictly in disability benefits, and we will fight to help you win every benefit you deserve. Whether you were already denied or if you would like advice from the very start, contact us today and speak with one of our attorneys to understand your rights and get the representation that you need.