If you served in the military and later suffered visual eyesight impairment, you might be eligible for disability benefits. The attorneys at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD have years of experience handling disability cases and have helped many veterans receive compensation for service-related injuries. We can put our knowledge and resources to work getting you veterans (VA) disability for visual eyesight impairment.
Going up against the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can be a trying process, and the decisions the VA make can often seem arbitrary. Let us take the burden off your shoulders. We can handle your claim from beginning to end and pursue it aggressively. Call our office today for a free consultation: 401-331-6300.
Am I eligible for disability benefits for visual eyesight impairment?
A benefits grant requires three things:
- A current diagnosis of a qualifying visual impairment;
- Proof of an in-service incident, injury, or illness;
- A link, or nexus, between your diagnosis and the in-service event
First, we must provide the VA with a valid diagnosis of your visual eyesight impairment. It is strict on the source and type of diagnosis it accepts. You must receive it from a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist who conducts one of the following tests:
Goldmann Kinetic Perimetry: This test measures your range of vision by moving a stimulus from the edge of your field of vision into the field.
Automated Perimetry: Automated perimetry tests your visual field with a white stimulus against a white background.
Once we establish a valid diagnosis of your visual eyesight impairment, we must identify a specific injury, illness, or event in your military service that led to your condition. We do this by scouring your service history, speaking to you and/or your service buddies, and examining your medical records while in the military, to name a few. We look for evidence of any head injury or exposure to hazardous chemicals or bright lights.
Linking Medical Opinion
The last and most important step in the process of building a case is linking the identified service event to your diagnosis of a visual eyesight impairment. This must be done by a qualified medical professional. If appropriate, our team can assist you with getting a qualified medical opinion to support your case.
How much can I receive in VA benefits for my visual eyesight impairment?
The VA assigns a disability rating when it awards benefits. This rating, which is between 0 and 100 percent in increments of 10 percent, quantifies the VA’s opinion of the severity of your condition and its impact on your daily living. How much you receive per month depends on your rating. Different conditions and injuries receive different ratings.
If you receive a rating of 30 percent or higher, you can receive additional benefits on behalf of any dependents living in your household, such as your spouse, children, or dependent parents. The VA awards this compensation on top of your monthly benefits, detailed here.
What eye conditions qualify for VA disability benefits?
The VA Schedule of Rating Disabilities lists the various conditions that qualify for benefits. The list includes several forms of visual eyesight impairment. If you have a diagnosis for any condition on the list and we can connect it to your military service, we can build a strong case that you deserve VA disability benefits. However, this list is not exhaustive and we will assess any situation on a case-by-case basis.
Here are a few of the visual impairments for which the VA offers disability benefits:
- Loss of eyesight
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Tunnel vision (loss of peripheral vision)
- Loss of light perception
Vision issues can also lead to other health problems, such as poor balance, headaches, and sensitivity to light. We can order medical examinations to document all conditions that might be related to your visual eyesight impairment and use them to argue for the highest possible disability rating.
Do I need a lawyer to obtain VA disability for visual eyesight impairment?
It is possible to apply for VA disability without a lawyer. However, working with a qualified VA disability attorney can offer a better chance of a favorable outcome. The VA’s rules are complex and intricate, and their decisions often seem random. The VA denies many veterans the compensation to which they are rightfully entitled despite them having a valid diagnosis and a seemingly obvious connection to military service. The reasons are not always clear.
The attorneys at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD have over 25 years of experience fighting the VA, and we know what to expect when presenting your case to the VA. We can take the burden off your shoulders and handle the entire process from beginning to end, keeping you in the loop every step of the way. Call us today for a free consultation: 401-331-6300.
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