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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Disability Compensation

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Disability Compensation

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a debilitating disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that is not improved by bedrest and may be worsened by physical or mental activity. A person with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may function at a much lower level than they were capable of before they became ill.

Symptoms include sore lymph nodes, sore throat, fever, headaches, muscle pain, joint pain, poor sleep, and reduced memory and ability to concentrate. 

The cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is not yet known, but risk factors include nutrimental deficiency, infections, immune dysfunction, low blood pressure, and stress.

Treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome usually focuses on alleviating the symptoms of this condition. An individualized treatment program may involve medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes..

Geting Compensation for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Veterans seeking VA compensation for service-connected Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may run into two hurdles. The first is getting a definitive diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  The second involves proving that the disorder is connected to their military service. 

For Persian Gulf War Veterans, service-connection will be presumed if certain requirements are met, making the VA claims process much simpler. The symptoms must have persisted for at least six months and appeared before December 31, 2021, and the condition must be at least 10 percent disabling. Gulf War Veterans do not need to provide evidence of a specific injury or event that caused their Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, so if your claim was denied for this reason, you should strongly consider appealing the claim denial.

To show proof of disability, veterans will need to provide medical evidence of their diagnosis, as well as medical evidence that documents all of their symptoms. There must also be no other illness or injury present that could explain these symptoms. Many of the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome overlap with other conditions, such as depression, so make sure your medical evidence is fully developed to give yourself the best chance of receiving approval grant of benefits.

Other veterans must show proof of service-connection for their Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This can be a difficult task because the exact cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is not fully understood. You may want to consult with a veterans attorney if you are having trouble with your VA claim for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

If you have questions about whether you can claim disability benefits for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, contact the veterans attorneys at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick for a free case evaluation.

Category: Veterans Law

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