Cancer can lead to disability

According to a new medical study conducted by Dr. Kurt Kroenke of the Indiana University School of Medical, if left untreated, some cancer symptoms can lead to disability.  “Residual symptoms from cancer can be a cause for a lot of the disability and suffering patients have.  Patients need to know that, and doctors should be aware of it,” stated Kroenke.

The study researched 405 adults with various stages of cancer.  All participants suffered from cancer symptoms of either depression, physical pain symptoms or both.  Common pain symptoms associated with cancer include dizziness, fatigue, back pain, limb pain, joint pain and insomnia.

For the purpose of the study, Kroenke defined disability as having to stay in bed or reduce activities by 50 percent due to either physical or emotional pain.  In a four week period, almost 60 percent of study participants had at least 14 days of disability.

If you are suffering from symptoms that disable you, contact the Indiana long-term disability appeals attorneys of Hankey Law Office, P.C. at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your rights.

Veterans most compensated for diabetes

According to the Veterans Administration records, ahead of hearing loss, wounds, and post-traumatic stress disorder, diabetes is the most compensated disability among veterans. Officials estimate that Vietnam veterans with diabetes receive around $850 million a year.

Disability benefits awarded for diabetes are a result of the use of Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. In 1991, as a result of suspicions that Agent Orange could cause diabetes, Congress created a system to automatically reward benefits to Vietnam veterans who suffer any ailments associated with the agent. Other ailments include prostate cancer, lung cancer, Hodgkin’s disease and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“It is our solemn responsibility to help veterans with disabilities suffered in their service to our country…That responsibility also requires us to make sure limited resources are available for those who truly need and are entitled to them,” stated Senator Daniel Akaka in reference to the VA’s recent announcement about diabetes.

If you or someone you know are looking to obtain veterans’ benefits, contact the Indiana veterans’ affairs disability benefits lawyers of Hankey Law Office P.C. at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your rights.

Indiana and VA to exchange medical records

Yesterday, the Veterans Affairs Department announced that it will launch an effort to share its medical records electronically with private healthcare providers across Indiana.  Members of the Indiana Health Information Exchange will soon be able to receive veterans’ health records from the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis.  The IHIE includes Regenstrief Institute, “five hospital networks, insurers, local and state health departments, and thousands of private physicians”.

The efforts by the VA are a part of the Obama administration’s Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record, or VLER, program that would create a single electronic record to manage all military veterans’ medical histories.

If you or someone you know needs to file for veterans’ affairs disability benefits, contact the Indiana veterans’ affairs disability benefits lawyers of Hankey Law Office P.C. at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your rights.

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