Back to Basics: A Guide to Obtaining Service Connection for Low Back Disability in the VA Disability System

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Service connection for lumbar spine disability is one of the most common VA disability claims among veterans. Lumbar spine disability can occur due to a variety of reasons, including injuries, repetitive strain, and degenerative conditions. If you are a veteran seeking disability benefits for lumbar spine disability, it is essential to understand the process of service connection and how to navigate the VA disability system.

Attorney Shana Dunn

In this article, Attorney Shana Dunn provides guidance on establishing service-connection for low back disability within the VA system and outlines the steps to pursue such a claim.

What is Service Connection?

Service connection is the legal term used by the VA to determine whether a veteran's disability is related to their military service. To establish service connection, a veteran must demonstrate the following:

  1. A current diagnosis of a disabling condition,
  2. Evidence of an in-service event, injury, or illness, and
  3. A medical nexus, or link, between the current diagnosis and the in-service event, injury, or illness.

To pursue a successful claim for a lumbar spine (low back) disability, veterans should take the following steps:

  1. Obtain a diagnosis from a medical professional.
  2. Gather evidence of an in-service event, injury, or illness. This can include service records, buddy statements, and other supporting documentation.
  3. Establish a medical nexus between the current diagnosis and the in-service event, injury, or illness. This may require a medical opinion from a qualified physician.
  4. Submit a claim for VA disability benefits.

Navigating the VA disability system can be a complex and challenging process, especially when it comes to establishing service connection for lumbar spine disability. That is why we recommend that veterans seeking disability benefits for lumbar spine disability contact an experienced advocate. An attorney can provide guidance and representation throughout the claims process, increasing the chances of a successful outcome. If you are a veteran seeking disability benefits for lumbar spine disability, do not hesitate to contact West & Dunn for assistance through our Contact Us page or by calling at (608) 535-6420 for a free consultation.

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