When presenting a claim for veterans’ disability benefits in Houston, applicants must provide evidence regarding current disabilities, as well as the relationships between the disabilities and injuries, diseases, or events occurring during the time of military service. Typically, veterans provide this evidence by offering medical records or the opinions of medical professionals. In some instances, however, evidence is not required to prove that a current disability was caused by service. In these cases, the disability is presumed.
Understanding when and under what circumstances evidence is not required to be provided as part of a disability claim in Houston is important to ensure that you are submitting a complete claim.
- Veterans who are former prisoners of war.
- Veterans with certain chronic diseases that arise within a specific time period after being discharged from service.
- Veterans who were exposed to ionizing radiation, mustard gas, or Lewisite while they were in service.
- Veterans who were exposed to certain herbicides.
- Veterans with certain tropical diseases which arise within a specific time period after being discharged from service
- Veterans who served in Southwest Asia during the Gulf War.
If any of these situations apply to you, you may not need to provide medical records or other evidence when submitting your claim in Houston. While these matters are complex, you do not have to navigate the area of veterans’ benefits alone. An experienced veterans’ benefits attorney in Houston can help guide you through the process. Call our office today to schedule a consultation at 800-800-6353.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.