Cases We Accept
If you served in the Vietnam Conflict, or a family member, and have not been granted medical disability benefit for conditions caused by Agent Orange exposure our law office may be of assistance to you.
Many cases involving TBI patients require medical expertise and substantial documentation. Often, the VA does not properly evaluate TBI claims, and fails to fully address the long-term symptoms associated with the illness. It is best to contact a professional who has experience with TBI-related cases. Sean Kendall's office has worked with veterans claims for over 20 years.
A variety of benefits and services are offered to the spouses, children, and parents of veterans who are either deceased or disabled with a service-connected disability. But oftentimes the VA denies their claims or the claimants are unaware of their eligibility.
I help veterans in their claims for a 100 percent disability rating based on their service-connected disabilities preventing them from working.
In July 2010, VA finalized regulations that liberalize the evidentiary standard for veterans in a war zone claiming service connection for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This regulation will now simplify and streamline the processing of PTSD claims. A veteran will now be able to establish the occurrence of an in-service stressor through his or her own lay testimony, if:
1) the veteran is diagnosed with PTSD,
2) a VA psychiatrist or psychologist, or a psychiatrist or psychologist with whom VA has contracted, confirms that the claimed stressor is adequate to support a PTSD diagnosis,
3) the veteran’s symptoms are related to the stressor, and
4) the claimed stressor is consistent with the places, types, and circumstances of the veteran’s service and the record provides no clear and convincing evidence to the contrary.
The hope by this change in regulation is that the claims process will be faster without requiring the VA to search for records and verify stressor accounts, and that a veteran will not be penalized for poor record keeping by the Department of Defense (DoD) regarding stressful incidents.
I help veterans with their claims for Service-Connection for Physical Disabilities. This includes claims for service-connection for lower back injuries, injuries to the cervical spine, injuries and disease of the extremities, and other types of injuries to the body.
Gulf War syndrome (GWS), also known as Gulf War illness (GWI), is a chronic multisymptom disorder affecting returning military veterans and civilian workers of the Persian Gulf War.[ A wide range of acute and chronic symptoms have been linked to it, including fatigue, muscle pain, cognitive problems, rashes and diarrhea. Approximately 250,000 of the 697,000 veterans who served in the 1991 Gulf War are afflicted with enduring chronic multi-symptom illness, a condition with serious consequences.
From 1995 to 2005, the health of combat veterans worsened in comparison with nondeployed veterans, with the onset of more new chronic diseases, functional impairment, repeated clinic visits and hospitalizations, chronic fatigue syndrome-like illness, posttraumatic stress disorder, and greater persistence of adverse health incidents.
According to a report by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, it showed that veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan may also suffer from the syndrome.
Suggested causes have included depleted uranium, sarin gas, smoke from burning oil wells, vaccinations, combat stress and psychological factors, though only pyridostigmine (an antitoxin for nerve agents) and organophosphate pesticides have been conclusively linked.
The office of Sean Kendall, Attorney-at-Law, helps veterans obtain the benefits to which they are entitled. If you are dealing with a VA claim, we may be able to help you. Sean is experienced in VA law and can provide answers to your questions.
Attorneys fees for representation before the VA are often a question. The standard fee authorized by Congress is a fee of 20% of the past-due benefits received by a veteran or family member. Under my contract with my clients, and the rules of the VA, the 20 percent of past-due benefits is witheld by the VA and paid as attorney fees. This fee is only paid upon VA review.