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VA Disability Benefits Offered to Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange

by Staff Blogger | July 14th, 2015

A large number of Air Force reservists were exposed to the toxic defoliant known as Agent Orange during Vietnam War era. For decades, many of those individuals have been fighting to get the veterans’ disability benefits they need. The Birmingham veterans disability lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers explain that battle will be over soon though, as the U.S. government has announced they will be offering benefits to certain soldiers exposed to Agent Orange.

An article from U.S. News & World Report says that between 1969-1986, more than 2,100 Air Force reservists working aboard C-123 aircraft were exposed to unspecified amounts of Agent Orange. The federal government had denied the exposure for decades, but recently agreed as much as $47.5 million in benefits to these vets over the next ten years.

Exposure to Agent Orange has been linked to numerous health conditions, including certain cancers, respiratory conditions, and diabetes.

Veterans exposed to Agent Orange are encouraged to file for benefits as soon as possible. If  you’re having trouble getting your veterans disability benefits, our Birmingham personal injury lawyers may be able to help. Give us a call at (800) 477-7510 for a free initial consultation.

Birmingham Veterans Disability Attorneys Discuss VA Internal Policy and Procedure

by Staff Blogger | April 28th, 2015

When members of our nation’s armed forces are injured in the line of duty, they may be entitled to veterans disability benefits. However, the Birmingham veterans disability attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers explain that hundreds of thousands of former and current service members are awaiting decisions on their claims.

One Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) office reported a backlog of roughly 31,000 veterans’ claims, with individuals waiting an average of 312 days for a decision.

Problems like these have prompted the VA to take corrective action. According to 12 News Now, the VA has pledged to begin a review of policies and procedures to help ensure veterans are receiving the benefits and care they deserve.

VA officials announced they would be reexamining strategies for improving productivity, such as requiring employees to work overtime and procedural systems that encourage workers to use shortcuts to complete tasks. Replacing top management positions at problematic offices is being considered as well.

Officials hope resolutions can be implemented within a 180 day time frame.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, we recognize the struggles many veterans face in order to receive the care they deserve. That’s why our Birmingham personal injury lawyers are here to help if your claim for veterans disability benefits was denied. Give us a call at (800) 477-7510 to get help now.

Soldiers Mired Down in Veterans Disability Appeals Process

by Staff Blogger | February 3rd, 2015

When soldiers or veterans are left unable to work because of medical conditions related to their service, they may be entitled to veterans disability benefits. But a majority of claims are initially denied, and this can leave veterans to wade through the veterans disability appeals process.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported last week that more than half of all veterans disability claims are reviewed numerous times before decisions are issued or other cases are evaluated. This process is leaving many veterans waiting years for decisions on their claims.

According to an article from the Washington Times, there are more than 300,000 veterans awaiting decisions on their appeals. The issue has prompted lawmakers and veteran advocates to call for changes to the system.

Some of the reforms being considered include hiring more claims processors and awarding incentives to employees with the highest accuracy rates. Still others have called for teleconferencing to be allowed for appeal hearings so as to reduce the need to coordinate schedules and transportation.

Until these changes are made, veterans will continue to struggle to get the benefits they’re owed. The most important thing for these individuals to know is that help is available.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, our team of Birmingham personal injury lawyers knows the countless difficulties a disabled veteran can encounter and we are hopeful changes are made soon to get these true American heroes the care they need in a timely manner.

VA Events Address Common Problems Faced by Alabama’s Disabled Veterans

by Staff Blogger | August 26th, 2014

Each day, more disabled veterans return home to Alabama with injuries or medical conditions that qualify them for veterans’ disability benefits. Some of the most common conditions keeping service members out of the workforce are mental health conditions related to traumatic brain injuries.

To help address both the problems of mental health and employment amongst disabled veterans, the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center is putting on a mental health summit and job fair this week.

According to FOX News, the mental health summit will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 27, in the Building 4 Auditorium from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will work to connect the VA with other local medical providers in order to foster a relationship that will benefit veterans.

This Sunday, the job fair will kick off in the Sports Atrium of Building 137 at 9 a.m. Employers and VA representatives will be on hand to help match veterans with potential jobs until 1 p.m. Those seeking employment are asked to be prepared for onsite interviews and to bring copies of their resumes.

The Birmingham veterans’ disability attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers understand the difficulties many veterans and their families face. That’s why we encourage veterans to consider attending these upcoming events.

Seminar Aimed at Educating the Public on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

by Staff Blogger | April 16th, 2013

April 16, 2013

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression are becoming increasingly common conditions in soldiers applying for Alabama Veterans Disability Benefits. Experts are attempting to help these individuals by offering more non-drug therapy solutions.

According to a story released by WKRG 5 News, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will be holding a special training event to help pastors, priests, and other church leaders better understand the effects that PTSD can have on soldiers.

The seminar will be held this coming Thursday and will discuss topics such as the warning signs of PTSD and depression, and the legal issues associated with soldiers and veterans suffering from these conditions.

Some of the warning signs a veteran may be suffering from PTSD include withdrawal from social situations, hypersensitivity, and mood swings.

VA Chaplain, John Bailey, explains getting this information out to church leaders is extremely vital because research has shown troubled veterans are more likely to turn to the church for help before seeking medical assistance from mental health professionals.

The program will begin at 9 a.m. and will conclude at noon.

The Birmingham Personal Injury Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers are aware of the devastating effects that PTSD can have on veterans and their friends, families, and acquaintances. That’s why the firm urges anyone who is available to take part in the upcoming seminar.

Increasing Number of Veterans Returning Home with Injuries

by Staff Blogger | November 27th, 2012

Nov. 27, 2012

The number of returning veterans suffering from disabling injuries is the highest it has ever been across the country—especially in Alabama. A recent article from The Birmingham News discussed the different types of injuries and what is being done to better treat our wounded warriors.

Estimates show that more than 20,000 soldiers and veterans are receiving treatment at four Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) medical facilities in Alabama. Nationwide, nearly half of all returning veterans are seeking compensation for service-related injuries.

New returning veterans are claiming to have sustained an average of between eight and fourteen injuries. This figure is higher than the less than four injuries claimed by Vietnam veterans or the two ailments typically claimed by World War II and Korean War veterans.

A majority of the injuries that VA facilities are treating today tend to be mental disorders, more specifically, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. One new treatment technique those suffering from the disorder and receiving Birmingham Veterans Benefits benefits includes the “Connect To Recovery” program, which gives a cellphone to at-risk veterans in an effort to keep them in touch with medical staff.

The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers  understand how complex the process of filing for veterans disability benefits can be and are here to answer your questions if you are preparing to file a claim or have been denied in the past.

Alabama Veteran Inspiring Others to Overcome Injuries

by Staff Blogger | July 31st, 2012

July 31, 2012

A 30-year-old Alabama Army veteran is hoping to use his disabilities to inspire others to achieve their goals of success. According to CNN News, he is hoping to show people a “happy and healthy way of leading their life.”

The soldier’s story started during his second tour of Iraq in 2005. During his tour, he and others were taking a fleet of Humvees to pick up the rest of their platoon. A roadside bomb hit the vehicle that the soldier was driving, taking the soldier’s left arm and leg. He also received severe facial injuries as a result of the blast.

He woke up four days later in a Maryland hospital where he would recover from his Alabama Veterans Disability for the next several weeks. Upon his release, he used his injuries as motivation to get himself in top shape. He began an intense workout regimen, and plans on participating in several extreme races to motivate others to achieve their goals.

He states “If I can show them the route I took to success, then they can follow the same, and that makes me feel good.”

The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers are inspired by this young man’s will to live and overcome the obstacles of life. The firm would like to congratulate him on his achievements and wishes him the best of luck in his future endeavors.