Amputations and loss of use injuries are life-changing. The physical limitations are profound and permanent. The psychological impact cannot be overstated. Despite advances in prosthetics, bionics and surgical repair, the person may never be able to return to his or her old occupation or enjoy favorite activities.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) defines loss or loss of use as amputation (including surgical removal) or no remaining function in the injured extremity or organ (due to nerve damage, loss of muscle or other trauma).
The VA may provide Special Monthly Compensation for certain specific injuries, including:
- Loss, or loss of use, of a hand or foot
- Loss, or loss of use, of a leg above the knee
- Loss, or loss of use, of an arm above the elbow
- An immobilized joint or paralyzed limb
- Loss, or loss of use, of a reproductive organ
- Loss of sight in one eye
- Deafness in both ears
- Inability to communicate by speech
- Loss of a breast, or both breasts, from mastectomy or radiation treatment
If you suffered an amputation or lost the use of a part of your body in connection with military service, you may be entitled to regular disability benefits (VA compensation) plus Special Monthly Compensation (SMC). The rules and rating system can be very complex. It is critical to be represented by an experienced lawyer who understands veterans disability law and loss of use injuries in particular.
The Berry Law Firm has represented veterans throughout the United States who suffered service-connected amputation or loss of use injuries. Our attorneys aggressively pursue all entitled benefits, including total disability or vocational rehabilitation. If necessary, we can step in to demonstrate the service connection or challenge a low disability rating.
An amputation disability or loss of use is in many ways the ultimate sacrifice. If you or your loved one suffered such an injury through military service, contact the Berry Law Firm. Your consultation is free, and we take no attorney fees unless we recover compensation. To speak with one of our team members, call (888) 883-2483 or contact us online.