Many service injuries result in permanent scars and disfigurement. Any time a service member suffers a serious injury on active duty that affects his or her appearance, he or she should seek a disability rating in order to obtain appropriate compensation.
The Berry Law Firm represents veterans of every branch of the U.S. armed forces, including the National Guard and the Reserves, who have permanent scars from service-connected injuries. Our practice in veterans disability law includes representation through the claims and appeals process for VA disability benefits.
Burns, explosions, chloracne caused by exposure to Agent Orange, and other injuries can leave disfiguring scars that can destroy your self-confidence. When a service member is discharged from the military, he or she can seek a disability rating both for functional impairments and for permanent scars.
Many veterans do not understand the rating system for scars and disfigurement. That misunderstanding can cost you compensation. For example, if a service-connected injury requiring surgery is re-rated, the veteran can also request a re-rating of the resulting scar. Even if the scar has not worsened since the last review, the veteran may be entitled to a higher disability rating under new diagnostic codes that went into effect in 2008.
To speak with a member of our team, please call (888) 883-2483 today or contact us online. Your consultation is free. We represent veterans at VA regional offices throughout the United States, and before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (USCAVC).
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