Several veterans recently received settlements for 100 percent disability after retaining Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys, PLLC to assist them with their claims. Eric Gang, who handles these cases for the Freedman firm, attributes the majority of the winning cases to finding good experts who can provide evidence to prove that the disability the veteran is claiming is related to his or her service.
“In many of these cases the claimant is dealing with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the psychiatric distress that results from it,” Freedman said. “It can be very complicated connecting the client’s mental health issues with his or her service. Eric is extremely skilled in this area and we are fortunate to have him on our team.”
Other than PTSD, the challenging cases handled by the firm include those involving sexual trauma, PTSD in cases where the veteran’s discharge is under other than honorable conditions, head trauma, and other mental health issues.
“Soldiers frequently suffer trauma that causes psychiatric problems, however, their problems are not treated while they are in service,” Gang said. “As a result, they abuse alcohol or drugs, or act out in some other way considered to be engaging in ‘misconduct,’ and eventually are discharged with an other than honorable character of discharge.
“It’s difficult to prove these cases because the trauma that started the behavior is often not noted in the veteran’s records.”
The Veterans Administration (VA) currently has a backlog of claims. The average wait time to settle a claim in the Buffalo area is 442 days according to VA reports, but in the experience of our firm, the wait time is usually closer to two-and-a-half to three years.
“The process is slow, however if the person is not working and is suffering with psychiatric and physical issues, we are pretty confident we can help them get benefits for 100 percent disability,” Freedman said. “These veterans have served our country and as a result are traumatized for life. They deserve to be financially compensated for their sacrifices.”