Leg, knee, ankle, hip, and shoulder injuries are among the most common types of injuries suffered by military personnel. One study found that almost 60 percent of injured Army veterans who were unable to resume their military duties after an injury were suffering from a muscle, bone or joint injury. Situations like rough helicopter or aircraft landings, vehicle accidents, and the onset of arthritis are just a few of the causes of debilitating joint damage which can happen to a service member.
Because many veterans have lived an active lifestyle joint injuries can be especially discouraging. If a service-connected injury is keeping you living the life you once enjoyed, you may be eligible for VA disability benefits.
VA claims for joint injury can be complex because range of motion plays a huge part in the evaluation of your disability. Disability rating for injuries to all joints—leg, knee, ankle, hip, and shoulder—are based on range of motion, not the degree of pain the injury causes or the dosage of medication needed for relief.
If you have a service-connected joint injury and were turned down for VA disability benefits, it is important to get immediate help with the next step, which is an appeal of the initial decision. And we can help. Call us at Cuddigan Law for a free evaluation of your case.