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16 June 2015

Physical injury due to munitions discharge or cut or stab or abrasion or laceration - Physical trauma Factor

A physical injury due to munitions discharge or a cut, stab, abrasion or laceration can be due to service if it occurred during operational service or if it occurred during eligible service as a causal result of that service.

If a person suffered munitions damage or a cut, stab, abrasion or laceration during service this may or may not be documented in the service medical records.  If the injury was of minor degree it may not have been reported or recorded.  In most cases, if a person sustained physical injury due to munitions discharge he or she would have needed significant medical attention at that time.

If medical treatment was obtained, this would normally be recorded in doctors' notes and/or hospital records.  These would usually contain a record of the circumstances of the injury.  However, many records made during war time were lost or destroyed.  Therefore, if clinical records cannot be obtained, a statement that such an injury occurred during service generally will be accepted, unless there is contradictory evidence.  Seek medical advice if you are unsure whether the described circumstances of the injury are medically feasible.

A physical injury due to munitions discharge or a cut, stab, abrasion or laceration can be related to service if it was due to an illness or injury which is itself causally related to service.  For example, a person may shoot himself as a result of a severe depressive disorder.  If the depressive disorder is causally related to service, then the resultant gunshot wound is also causally related to service.  Another example is where a service-related osteoarthritis of the knee causes a person to fall and he cuts his head as a result of the fall.

Last reviewed for CCPS 20 August 2008.

Investigative Documents
Type Title PDF Format Word Format
Claimant Report

Physical Trauma due to Munitions Discharge, Cut, Stab, Abrasion and Laceration

CR9028.pdf
CR9028.docx
Medical Report
Physical Trauma due to Munitions Discharge, Cut, Stab, Abrasion and Laceration
MR9015.pdf
MR9015.docx
Preliminary questions [6981]

7054     the veteran has established the causal connection between the clinical onset of the condition under consideration and VEA service for physical injury due to munitions discharge, cut, stab, abrasion or laceration.

7059     the veteran has established the causal connection between the clinical onset of the condition under consideration and operational service for physical injury due to munitions discharge, cut, stab, abrasion or laceration.

or

7060     the veteran has established the causal connection between the clinical onset of the condition under consideration and eligible service for physical injury due to munitions discharge, cut, stab, abrasion or laceration.

Clinical onset and operational service [7059]

7061     the clinical onset of the condition under consideration occurred on operational service.

7062     the clinical onset of the condition under consideration, on operational service, was due to the veteran's serious default, wilful act or serious breach of discipline.

or

7241     the clinical onset of the condition under consideration was due to an illness or injury which is identifiable.

7242     the identified illness or injury which contributed to the condition under consideration is causally related to operational service.

Clinical onset and eligible service [7060]

7063     the clinical onset of the condition under consideration occurred on eligible service.

7064     the clinical onset of the condition under consideration occurred on eligible service, as a causal result of eligible service.

7065     the clinical onset of the condition under consideration, on eligible service, was due to the veteran's serious default, wilful act or serious breach of discipline.

or

7241     the clinical onset of the condition under consideration was due to an illness or injury which is identifiable.

7243     the identified illness or injury which contributed to the condition under consideration is causally related to eligible service.