Archive for the ‘ Veterans Disability ’ Category

15
Jul

New Study Examining Pain Treatment Options for Veterans

July 15, 2015

Chronic and debilitating pain from wartime injuries is a condition many soldiers and veterans face on a daily basis. This pain can interfere with mood, activity, and the ability to work, as well as other aspects of daily life. Luckily, the Indianapolis veterans disability lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that a study has shown that a new two-step treatment plan may effectively reduce pain over time.

Traditional pain treatment for veterans and soldiers involves education and providing encouragement to speak with doctors about pain-related issues. Researchers have found that a new two-step system may be more effective, though.

According to MD magazine, researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine examined 241 veterans who suffered pain after returning from service overseas. A total of 120 patients received traditional care, while the others received 12 weeks of treatment using painkillers along with 12 weeks of behavioral therapy.

Nine months after receiving treatment, those who received the two-step treatment reported feeling less pain and an improvement in quality of life. There was also a 30 percent decrease in claims of pain disability among the patients observed.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we are aware of how pain can effect one’s life, and our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are hopeful this study will help increase the quality of pain management for veterans.

21
Jan

Indiana’s Veterans Struggling to Get Fair Compensation

January 21, 2015

When military veterans suffer from injuries or illnesses related to their service, they may be entitled to receive veterans disability benefits. But some former service members in Indiana are getting compensated less than veterans in other states who are suffering from the same conditions.

Information collected by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) shows that the State of Indiana receives $4,935 per veteran from the federal government to cover expenses—more than $1,100 less than the national per veteran cost average of $6,088.

These numbers may leave you wondering why Indiana’s veterans receive less than others in the U.S. Many experts believe it has to do with soldiers and veterans simply not being educated about their benefits. KPBS News says VA research indicates fewer than half of all veterans understand the benefits they’re entitled to. Other factors can include which military campaign the veteran was involved in and the difficulty of completing applications for benefits.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we’re aware of how complicated navigating veterans disability claims can be. If you’ve been denied veterans benefits, our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys are here to help. Call us at (800) 33-33-LAW today.

20
Jun

New law to help Veterans file Disability

June 20, 2014

Scheduled to take effect July, 1 2014, a new law could give veterans access to more help when it comes to filing disability claims.

The legislation, passed last year by the General Assembly, would allow law schools in the state to set up clinics that specialize in aiding veterans through the disability claims process. The clinics would be run by the students allowing them to get experience in the field while simultaneously serving their community.

According to Emily Hildebrand, the director of development and public policy for Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation, “The Veterans Affairs disability claims process is a challenging and often overwhelming bureaucracy for our veterans.”

Helping veterans file these claims, will make the process more accessible and allow more veterans to receive the help and care they deserve from their time of service to this country.

Indiana University Maurer School of Law is jumping on board. They already have a clinic that deals with Medicaid and social security problems, but Professor Carwina Weng, director of the current disability clinic, hopes to add veteran disability claims to its repertoire.

Funding for the program will be discussed in the 2015 Budget session.

To read more, follow the link below to the original article by Allie Nash in NUVO.

http://www.nuvo.net/indianapolis/law-clinics-to-aid-veterans/Content?oid=2854228#.U6R_NfldXi9