VETERANS DISABILITY COMPENSATION


If you are a U.S. veteran who was injured during active military service or while in the medical care of the Veterans Health Administration, you may be eligible for and entitled to service-connected veterans disability compensation.  Common types of veterans disability claims include:


  • traumatic brain injuries
  • post-concussion syndrome
  • PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
  • MST (military sexual trauma)
  • Agent Orange
  • Camp Lejeune contaminated water
  • cardiovascular injuries
  • sleep apnea
  • tinnitus and hearing loss
  • scars and paralysis
  • orthopedic injuries (including degenerative arthritis)
  • diabetes
  • cancer
  • asbestos exposure (asbestosis; mesothelioma)
  • toxic exposure from burn pits (Iraq and Afghanistan)
  • Veterans Health Administration medical malpractice


Most veterans file their initial disability compensation application and expect a quick and easy process.  Unfortunately, the reality is that the Veterans Administration denies many applications and/or limits the benefits that are paid out.  With 90% of cases being decided by non-lawyers, and 90% of claimants being represented by non-lawyers, errors are found on appeals 73% of the time.  The average completion time for appeals cases decided by the Veterans Benefits Administration is three years, and the average for cases decided by the Board of Veterans Appeals is five years.  Likewise, VA hospital wait times are 50% longer than two years ago, and medical mistakes are routinely made. 


As a VA accredited attorney representative, I will assist with navigating the appeals process and obtaining and maximizing the benefits that you need and deserve.  I can help you apply for an increase in your disability rating so that you can get a higher monthly payment and be placed in a higher priority group regarding VHA medical appointments.  If you were injured due to medical negligence while under VHA care, I will also assist with the submission of administrative claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act.


​​​WORKERS' COMPENSATION and SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY


If you are a disabled individual, who has work-related and/or non work-related medical conditions,  you may be entitled to disability compensation under Ohio workers' compensation and/or Federal Social Security laws and regulations.  The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation and self-insured employers should pay for your medical treatment and compensation benefits for work-related injuries and occupational diseases, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and mesothelioma (due to asbestos exposure).  Unfortunately, though, claims are routinely fought by the BWC and employers in order to keep costs down.  


The Social Security Administration pays disability benefits to you and certain members of your family if you have a medical condition that has prevented you from working or is expected to prevent you from working for at least 12 months or end in death.  To win a Social Security disability case, you usually need to prove much more than inability to do your prior job.  Many claimants, including almost everyone under age 50, must prove that they cannot do a full-time easy job.


Whether your claim is with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation or the Social Security Administration, I will assist with initial claim applications, I will file necessary appeals, and I will provide competent legal representation at the administrative and court appeal levels.  


PERSONAL INJURY


If you are an individual who has been injured as the result of another's actions or omissions, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.  


Whether an auto accident, a slip-and-fall, or a dog bite, I will fight to protect your legal rights and obtain the compensation that you deserve.   

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CHRISTOPHER R. DEBSKI

Tel. 330-696-1184