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Common VA Disabilities for Motor Transport Veterans
Common Injuries & Disabilities for Motor Transport Operator Veterans
One of the most underappreciated groups in our military are Veterans who served in Motor Transport. These Veterans really have an incredibly difficult job, and they are not just “in the rear with the gear.” Veterans who served in Motor Transport could be dealing with a large number of injuries and disabilities related to service.
In this article, we are going to look at some of the most common injuries for Motor Transport Veterans.
Lower Back Injuries
One of the most common issues for Motor Transport Veterans is lower back issues. Whether you were driving convoys in Iraq and Afghanistan or Humvees in previous wars, all of these vehicles have really poor ergonomics. Sitting in these vehicles for extended periods of time could lead to lower back issues. It is not uncommon for a Veteran to develop a back injury while working in Motor Transport, especially when you consider a flak jacket or other “battle rattle” a Veteran may be wearing.
These Veterans could also be dealing with back injuries related to loading and unloading heavy equipment on a day-to-day basis. The constant strain of loading and unloading heavy equipment onto a vehicle daily can lead to musculoskeletal injuries.
Improvised Explosive Device (IED)
Perhaps the most well-known injuries for Motor Transport Veterans are related to IED explosions. Veterans who work in motor transport and are hit by an IED could be dealing with a variety of injuries, including musculoskeletal injuries, burns, scrapes, traumatic brain injuries, and more. Any Veteran who was subject to an IED explosion should receive proper disability compensation from the VA.
Mental Health Issues
Mental health issues are also common among Motor Transport Veterans. The constant worry about possible IEDs and other roadway hazards could lead to anxiety. Anxiety is a compensable disability recognized by the VA, and Veterans suffering from anxiety due to their work in motor transport can receive disability compensation for it.
These Veterans could also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder based on their time in service. For example, a Motor Transport Veteran may be traumatized by an IED explosion or another form of trauma related to combat.
Lower Leg Injuries
Veterans in Motor Transport could develop lower leg injuries related to service. Veterans who are standing in a turret for hours on end will likely develop some lower leg injuries. One of the most common lower leg injuries for these Veterans is neuropathy, which is weakness, numbness, and pain in the foot caused by nerve damage.
A Veterans Disability Lawyer Can Help You
Motor Transport Veterans deal with a variety of different working conditions on a day-to-day basis that could lead to a disability. Veterans who served in motor transport could be suffering from lower back injuries, IED injuries, mental health issues related to service, and lower leg injuries. If you served in Motor Transport and you developed an injury in service, you are entitled to disability benefits.
Berry Law is committed to helping fellow Veterans get the disability compensation they deserve. If you worked in Motor Transport and you need assistance appealing your VA claim, contact Berry Law today for a free case evaluation.
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