Attorney Sean Kendall established service connection for a veteran with hypertension and erectile dysfunction secondary to anxiety medication, thus paving the way for disability benefits.
Tighe Experienced Hypertension and Anxiety Because of His Time in Service
After serving on active duty for several years, Tighe, like many veterans, experienced anxiety and hypertension. He successfully treated his anxiety with medication, but the mediation led to erectile dysfunction. Therefore, as is his right, Tighe sought disability benefits for both erectile dysfunction and hypertension.
Winning Disability Benefits Requires “Service Connection”
Unfortunately, winning disability benefits isn’t as straight forward as it should be. Veterans who seek to claim the benefits they are entitled to must prove “service connection” – meaning they must establish that their disability is a result of their time in service. The process isn’t easy – it requires medical evidence of the veteran’s current disability, evidence of “in-service incurrence or aggravation of a disease or injury,” and “a causal connection between the claimed in-service disease or injury and the current disability.” After attempting unsuccessfully to apply for benefits through his regional office, Tighe turned to Sean Kendall for help.
Sean Kendall Helped Tighe Secure the Disability Benefits He Deserves
Drawing upon his decades of experience, Sean Kendall helped Tighe appeal his claim to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (“the Board”) and win.
When resolving the hypertension claim, the Board was presented with Tighe’s medical records, which indicated that, while his blood pressure was normal when he entered the military, he was “treated for hypertension throughout his active service,” and Tighe’s own testimony, through which he confirmed that he was treated for hypertension during his time in service.
Regarding his erectile dysfunction claim, the Board reviewed Tighe’s testimony, through which he stated that his issues began while he was in service, and his doctor’s report, which confirmed that the dysfunction was induced by medication.
Upon evaluating the evidence, the court found that both conditions were service-connected, and Tighe could secure the benefits he deserved.
How You Can Win Benefits for Hypertension, Erectile Dysfunction, or Any Condition Secondary to Medication Taken for a Service-Connected Disability
If you or a loved one have been through an experience like Tighe’s, don’t hesitate to contact us. With decades of experience appealing denials and unacceptable rating decisions issued by RO’s, we are confident we can win you the benefits you deserve. When you are ready, send us a note or call us at (877) 629-1712 to discuss the possibility of an appeal.
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