Due to the fact that the Department of Veterans Affairs is misclassified post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in regards to veterans’ disability benefits, a class action lawsuit was filed against the federal government. The lawsuit represented 1,029 Iraq and Aghanistan War veterans who claimed they were denied benefits for their PTSD disability due to improper disability ratings.
The claimants were veterans diagnosed with the medical condition between 2003 and 2008 but did not receive disability benefits for their PTSD disability rating. A decision from Judge George W. Miller of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled in favor of the veterans on December 22, 2011. His decision requires the U.S. Military to award lifetime disability retirement benefits to the 1,029 veterans that were named in the class action lawsuit.
Additional veterans may soon see help from this decision as well. There were 66 other veterans included in the class that will be eligible for the lifetime disability benefits if they file their veterans’ disability claim for PTSD with a minimum 30% disability rating. The settlement also increased the disability rating for 1,066 OIF/OEF veterans who were only receiving partial benefits.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from LaVan & Neidenberg is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-888-234-5758.