Not all medical conditions that veterans suffer are diagnosed or easily explained by a physician. An Iowa veteran disability lawyer can tell you that you may still be able to qualify for benefits even with an undiagnosed condition, though it can be much more difficult.
Medically Unexplained Chronic Symptoms
Many Gulf War veterans suffer from several medically unexplained and undiagnosed conditions that include symptoms like fatigue, joint pain, insomnia, and headaches. Together, these symptoms may be referred to as “Gulf War Syndrome,” though the Veterans Administration, or VA, does not officially recognize this term. However, an Iowa veteran disability lawyer can explain that the VA does recognize certain undiagnosed illnesses and you may may still be eligible for disability benefits.
Some common illnesses that may qualify for disability benefits as an undiagnosed condition include:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome;
- Gastrointestinal disorders like irritable bowel syndrome, dyspepsia and abdominal pain;
- Fibromyalgia; and
- Other conditions that may lead to weight loss, fatigue, heart conditions, muscle and joint pain, psychological problems, sleep disturbances and respiratory disorders.
Keep in mind that the above is just a list of common symptoms that may qualify you for benefits. To learn more about your eligibility for benefits, you will want to talk to an attorney.
Proving a Connection to Military Service
With some illnesses, the VA recognizes a presumptive connection between the medical condition and military service. In these cases, you will not have to prove a connection between the military service and disability to receive benefits.
A presumptive illness generally includes a chronic condition of unexplained symptoms that last for at least six months. To qualify as a presumptive illness for an undiagnosed condition, the veteran must have first suffered a symptom during active duty in the Gulf Region or before December 31, 2016. Additionally, the condition must be at least ten percent disabling.
Contact a Iowa Veteran Disability Attorney
If suffer from chronic medical conditions that have been undiagnosed, are difficult to diagnose, or are otherwise medically unexplainable, you will want to contact an attorney to learn if you qualify for disability benefits. To learn more about your situation, contact Iowa veteran disability attorney Thad J. Murphy by calling 888-256-7413.