Service-Connecting Your Panic Disorder Diagnosis
The biggest hurdle to obtaining panic disorder veterans disability benefits is the service-connection requirement. The VA will require you to connect your panic disorder to your military service. Some veterans experienced IEDs in Iraq or military sexual trauma (MST) while stateside. There are a number of ways that veterans develop panic disorder from their active-duty military service.
Many vets who are trying to obtain panic disorder veterans disability benefits need to show service-connection from events that happened years ago. Sometimes there are missing records and other times no record was ever made showing an event happened. For example, many Vietnam vets did not fill out a report in the jungle during a Vietcong attack. Filling out a report was probably the last thing on any service-members mind during or after an enemy attack. One piece of evidence that may be handy in these situations is a buddy statement.
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FAQ: Panic Disorder Veterans Disability Benefits Claims
What if I receive a 0% VA rating?
Believe it or not, some veterans will receive a 0% rating on their VA disability Rating Decision letter. That means the VA found your panic disorder to be service-connected but also found that your panic disorder did not affect your life enough to warrant a higher VA disability rating.
Will I need a diagnosis of panic disorder to win my VA claim?
Not necessarily. However, we can’t stress how important it is to have proper evidence to win your claim. Generally, vets who do not present sound medical evidence will not win their panic disorder veterans disability benefits claim.
What if my VA disability claim was denied?
You have up to one year to file a panic disorder veterans disability benefits appeal. There is a later section of this article dedicated to panic disorder veterans disability benefits appeals.
If denied, what happens to my retroactive pay?
If your panic disorder veterans disability benefits claim is initially denied or rated too low and you later win your appeal, you are likely to receive a retroactive payment. This payment will cover the benefits you missed because of your denial.
What if I was denied VA benefits years ago?
If it has been longer than one year since your panic disorder veterans disability benefits denial, you can file a new claim. Unfortunately, that means your original panic disorder veterans disability benefits claim is closed. But you can start the process over and still end up obtaining panic disorder veterans disability benefits.
Learn More: Calculate your rating with our VA Disability Benefits Rating Calculator
Panic Disorder Veterans Disability Benefits Appeals & Denials
Many veterans are initially denied panic disorder veterans disability benefits. But don’t worry, you can appeal your panic disorder veterans disability denial and win! Our VA benefits appeal lawyers have seen thousands of clients fight bad VA decisions and win – it can be done. Here’s what you need to know:
- Veterans have one year to file an appeal after a panic disorder veterans disability benefits denial.
- You will start your appeal by filing a Notice of Disagreement (NOD).
- Get more evidence to back your claim. Examine why your claim was lost and attack that legal argument.
- You should find VA law and case law that supports your claim.
- When appealing, you’ll need to learn about the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) and their processes.
Panic Disorder Individual Unemployability Benefits
Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) benefits are available to veterans that cannot work due to service-connected injuries. Some veterans’ panic disorder will prevent them from working because of the severity of their condition. TDIU benefits pay the same as a 100% VA disability rating but have different requirements. The difference is this, a 100% rating is based solely upon your disabilities. While TDIU benefits based upon your rating and your inability to work from service-connected conditions.
Veterans can receive both Individual Unemployability and Social Security Disability. Just remember that each benefit has its own rules and regulations. You can be granted one benefit and denied the other with the same evidence. Woods & Woods may be able to assist you with both your Individual Unemployability claim and your Social Security Disability claim.
Agoraphobia Panic Disorder Veterans Disability Benefits Rating
Veterans that suffer from Agoraphobia have a type of panic disorder that is so powerful it prevents them from taking part in many daily activities – especially outside of their house. Agoraphobia can destroy a veteran’s life by ending social friendships, cutting family ties, and ruining intimate relationships. Veterans with Agoraphobia are likely to have depression, anxiety, mood swings, and paranoia. Are you the caretaker for a veteran that is isolated? Call our lawyers now to see if the veteran you are assisting can receive Agoraphobia panic disorder veterans disability benefits.
General Anxiety Disorder Veteran Disability Benefits Rating
Thousands of veterans experience general anxiety disorder after their military discharge. General anxiety disorder or panic disorder after military discharge is so common that 20% of military veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan return with PTSD or depression. Over 355,000 military service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries since 2000.
PTSD and Panic Disorder Veterans Disability Benefits
If you are a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you will most likely experience some feelings of being afraid, nervous, worried, and anxiety that is sometimes overwhelming. You’re not alone. Lots of veterans with PTSD also suffer from panic disorder. The two mental conditions are closely related and are often caused by the same stressor.
The attorneys at Woods and Woods have helped thousands of veterans that suffer from PTSD and panic disorder. Veterans have told us about physical pain and mental problems they have during panic attacks that include:
- Trouble Breathing
- Chest Pain
- Choking Sensation
- Stomach Pain
- Fear of Going Crazy
- Fear of Dying
Sleep Disorders and Panic Disorder
Veterans have told us about their panic attacks and we understand the fear and anxiety you may be experiencing. Veterans can have a panic attack at any time, at any place, even in their sleep. Some veterans are fearful of going to sleep because they are afraid of having a panic attack in their sleep. Everyone has a sleepless night at some point. Unfortunately, veterans with panic disorder have sleepless nights so often they have difficulty holding a job. Being jobless only adds to the anxiety and depression that so many veterans have.
Panic Disorder Symptoms & VA Disability Eligibility
Thousands of veterans have panic attacks. Panic attacks are so common among veterans that the Veterans Administration offers disability compensation payments. Don’t let your panic attacks control your life any longer – get the veterans benefits you deserve.
Veterans that suffer from panic attacks often have sudden intense periods of fear for their lives, fear that something bad is about to happen, and fear of death. The panic attack itself is often short-lived, reaching a peak in about 10 minutes. Veterans that experience a panic attack may think they are having a heart attack, stroke or choking because panic attacks have many of the same symptoms.
Veterans that have reoccurring panic attacks are often diagnosed with a type of anxiety disorder called panic disorder. It is common for veterans that have had one or more panic attacks to worry about having more panic attacks. As you can imagine, this additional worrying is not healthy and can cause loss of sleep, emotional problems, and a decline in general health.
By answering yes to these questions, you may qualify for panic disorder veterans disability benefits:
- Have you experienced more than one rush of intense fear?
- Did you have a pounding heart, shortness of breath, sweats, or dizziness during or after your attack?
- Are you worried about having more panic attacks?
- Have you made lifestyle changes to avoid panic attacks?
- Do you isolate yourself to avoid public situations because you are afraid you won’t be able to get help if you have another panic attack?
- Do you have trouble controlling your worries?
- Do you worry nonstop or feel anxious about daily life events?
Talk To Our Panic Disorder Veterans Disability Benefits Lawyers
Since 1985, Woods & Woods has fought for America’s injured and disabled. The VA disability compensation lawyers at Woods & Woods have successfully represented thousands of veterans. Our experienced lawyers have filed many panic disorder veterans disability benefits claims. Woods & Woods has legal teams of VA disability lawyers, doctors, case managers, paralegals, case analysts, psychologists, and vocational experts that work together to win your claim.
You only pay your panic disorder veterans disability benefits lawyer if you obtain VA compensation. If your panic disorder veterans disability benefits claim is not successful, you don’t owe our law firm a penny. A veterans disability lawyer at Woods & Woods will never ask for money upfront. There is never a charge for phone calls. We never bill clients by the hour either. Our fee is a percentage of your VA disability back pay and case expenses (things like doctors reports).
Have questions? Give us a call. There is never a charge to ask questions or to get your panic disorder disability veterans disability benefits claim started. There is never an obligation to hire us just because you obtained a legal consultation about your panic disorder veterans disability benefits claim.