The Department of Veterans Affairs uses specific medical criteria to determine benefits for gunshot and shell fragment wounds. Detailed documentation of wartime injuries and proper application of the VA Rating Schedule are critical. Some combat-wounded veterans are later denied benefits because they can’t prove a service connection, and many other veterans are deprived of thousands of dollars in compensation because of incorrect ratings.
Veterans may have additional disability claims for medical complications of bullet or shrapnel wounds, and many veterans who were injured by gunfire or explosions suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You need attorneys who know your rights.
VA Benefits Lawyers and the Fog of War
In World War II and the Korean War, combat injuries were typically treated near the front lines. The nature and extent of gunshot wounds were well documented by commanders and physicians in the field, resulting in a clear service connection and proper gunshot wound rating. This dynamic changed in the Vietnam War, when wounded fighters were more likely to be evacuated to medical centers far from the combat zone, and often flown stateside for advanced medical care and recuperation. Unfortunately, the paperwork did not always catch up with Vietnam veterans who suffered gunshot or shrapnel wounds. Without detailed medical records, their later claims were denied or benefits were paid at a lower VA rating.
Attorneys John S. Berry Sr. (Vietnam) and John S. Berry Jr. (Bosnia, Iraq) are combat veterans. They have a unique understanding of VA disability claims in the context of modern warfare, triage of combat injuries and the military chain of command.
Our disability lawyers have represented veterans of WWII, Korea and Vietnam, as well as more recent conflicts, namely Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The former cases can be difficult because of the time lag and missing records. The latter can be difficult because the VA Rating Schedule may not reflect the unique medical issues associated with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) or armor-piercing rounds.
Our mission is ensuring that clients receive a maximum rating and corresponding benefits for their service-connected gunshot and shrapnel wounds. Our lawyers will work to corroborate the service connection or the extent of injury for a gunshot-related VA disability claim. We represent veterans throughout the United States. Call (888) 883-2483 or contact us online.