Don’t Fail To Prove Nexus To VA?

In our last blog post in this series, we discussed the “current disability” requirement that a veteran must establish in order to qualify for veterans disability compensation benefits.  If you have not read our other blog posts in this series, we would suggest that you start with part one first.  This blog post will discuss the final requirement of qualifying for veterans’ disability compensation benefits: a nexus between the in service event and the current disability or disabilities.

What is the nexus requirement?

Essentially, nexus is a requirement that the in service event and the current disability are connected in some way.  The clearest connection would be when a veteran suffered some specific injury and is still disabled as a result of that injury.  For example, a veteran who suffered a leg injury in service resulting in the amputation of part of his leg would clearly have a nexus between the in service event and his disability.

Presumptions of nexus between in service event and disability

Sometimes, the nexus between an in service event and a disability is presumed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  One example is a Vietnam veteran who develops certain diseases such as prostate cancer, lung cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or Parkinson’s disease.  For those diseases and some others, VA presumes that there is a nexus between military service in Vietnam (with presumed exposure to Agent Orange) and the development of those diseases.  VA also assumes a nexus between service in the Gulf Wars and development of certain conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

If a veteran applies for veterans’ disability compensation and successfully satisfies all of the requirements, the veteran should receive a rating decision from the Department of Veterans Affairs and a letter explaining how much monthly compensation the veteran will receive.

Our law firm often handles veterans’ initial applications for veterans’ disability compensation for free.  If you would like to speak to one of our attorneys about it, have other questions about a claim for veterans disability compensation or a denial of all or part of a claim for benefits, please feel free to call our office or complete the “Need Help” form on this page for a free consultation with one of our attorneys that handles veterans disability claims.

Travis Studdard is an attorney who focuses on representing veterans in VA disability compensation claims.  He regularly writes about issues that are important to veterans and their families.

You can subscribe to his Veterans Disability channel on YouTube.

Rita BarnesRita Barnes
00:03 20 Jan 22
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Cortex ButlerCortex Butler
18:09 29 Dec 21
I am a Veteran of United States Air Force and was awarded my first 30% in 1996 and have been fighting for my rating for 26 years I came to Perkins and Studdard in 2019 while my mom was in a terrible incident and was given to much anesthesia and through GODS Grace she was spared her life, She is disabled since 2018 and I have been struggling with my life and issues and yet I didn’t call the law firm every 10 minutes or call being rude anytime, I mentioned this as I got to know Jessica more than just a phone call and Mr Studdard was always available when not working on other cases or in court, They always called back and Never had to do a call back, My Review is Simple in Life there peaks and valleys and it doesn’t stop because you have issues, Perkins & Studdard took my case in 2019 in 2021 I received my 100% from VA, I Was Never Rude, I was Never Promised Success, I Was Never Lied too and I was Always Treated with Respect, Friendliness, and Kindness the Real Stuff not a (Money Thing) If You want a firm that Cares about the Client and will work on your case even through a pandemic, Will not lie, will not promise anything will communicate your case and will Give you their Best ALWAYS THIS IS THE Best Law Firm for VETS HANDS DOWN Perkins and Studdard THERE IS NO OTHER 100% we had 5 calls Total Case That’s Taking Care Of Business
annetteMomma nokesannetteMomma nokes
14:29 12 Sep 16
Jason and his paralegal Lisa were on point and on top of their game when it came to handling my worker's comp. injury case. I tried going it alone and the insurance carrier pushed me around. They denied extra physical therapy. They denied injections the doctor recommended to ease my pain. When I turned my case over to Jason things turned around, QUICK. They were at all times attentive and on top of my case. I cannot recommend Jason and his staff enough. If you are hurt at work, this is the firm you want on YOUR side.
Sheila KirklinSheila Kirklin
23:11 12 May 16
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Anna PabonAnna Pabon
23:16 13 Sep 15
I recommend Perkins Law Firm. Everyone I came in contact with there was very nice. Kim was very helpful and any time I had a question she made sure I got an answer. Ann Margaret really took the time to explain things to me.

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