When a soldier is injured in the line of duty, and that injury prevents them from returning to military duty, the victim may be entitled to veterans disability benefits. The Oklahoma veterans disability lawyers at Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys remind service members that the process of applying and being approved for such benefits can be quite complex.
One of the most common reasons veterans disability claims are denied is that the initial application didn’t provide enough evidence and documentation of the injury. This is an issue one Oklahoma veteran has been fighting for the past 57 years.
KJRH 2 News reports a veteran who served at Fort Sill in 1955 was struck by a vehicle as he was directing traffic. He was diagnosed with a broken pelvis and fractured hip, then spent three months hospitalized before he applied for disability benefits. However, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) could find no record of the incident or the injury.
Because there was no record, VA officials stated they had no proof showing the injury was service-related. The issue was made even more frustrating when the VA stated the victim’s service records had been destroyed in a structure fire in Ohio. The victim had all but given up hope when he found a letter from a commanding officer detailing the incident and injury that had left him disabled.
The VA is now reconsidering the decision that was made in the veteran’s case.
At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we believe all veterans should receive the benefits they deserve. That’s why our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers are hopeful a decision in this case will bring a sense of closure to this particular veteran.