Veterans Disability Claims
You’ve Seen Enough Battles. Let Our VA Disability Attorneys Fight for You
Veterans are the backbone of America. Men and women like you have served the United States with honor. Unfortunately, many have ended their service with disabilities, both physical and mental. Our VA disability attorneys consider it our privilege to help these heroes recover the compensation and pension benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that they deserve.
How To Get Veterans Benefits
The good news is that there is a system in place for veterans to obtain benefits for their disabilities. The bad news is that the process is long and may need many appeals. In fact, veterans and their families often wait for years dealing with the VA.
Veterans, their spouses and children are eligible for different types of VA compensation benefits based on disability. The disability must relate to a veteran’s military service. Benefits are paid based upon the type and degree of disability.
Generally, a veteran has to pass a three-part test to qualify for compensation:
- There must be a current disability diagnosed by a medical professional;
- There must have been an injury, disease or event that occurred during service that brought about the current condition;
- There must be medical evidence of a connection between the current disability and the in-service occurrence.
How Do I Apply for VA Disability Benefits?
Before submitting a claim, you must gather the necessary evidence to support your claim. This could include:
- VA medical records
- Hospital records
- Other medical documentation
- Supporting statements from family members or other military service members
- Written statement of how your condition began and how and when it worsened
- Discharge papers
- Service treatment records
How Long Do I Have to File a VA Disability Claim?
If you are a disabled veteran, it is important to know that there is no statute of limitations to apply for VA disability benefits. However, you should file your application as soon as possible. The VA process is long, and it can take months or years to have your application granted. As such, the sooner you start the process, the faster you can obtain the benefits you need.
Types of VA Disability Compensation
VA disability compensation provides monthly benefits to veterans who suffered disability during military service. There are numerous types of VA disability compensation, including:
- Disability compensation. This is a monthly benefit to veterans based on their disability and rating.
- Dependency and indemnity compensation. This is a benefit paid to surviving spouses, children or parents of service members who died during active duty or who died from their service-related disabilities.
- Special monthly compensation. This is a benefit paid to veterans, surviving spouses and parents if they need to hire an aid or caregiver to help with their specific injury or disability.
- Claims based on special circumstances. Some disabled veterans are eligible for additional benefits, such as clothing allowance, automobile allowance and dental.
Was Your VA Disability Claim Denied?
If you have been denied VA benefits, you are allowed to appeal some or all of the decision.
Unfortunately, the appeals process can be lengthy. It can take from 12 to 18 months to review new appeals and decide whether to grant some or all of the appeal.
A Notice of Disagreement is sent to the VA, and a Decision Review Officer reviews all evidence related to your appeal. The Decision Review Officer will either approve your disability application or will determine there is not enough evidence to grant your appeal. In this case, you can continue your appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
It can be extremely helpful to have solid legal assistance to help with such an appeal. We encourage you to speak to our VA disability attorneys about your claim. We can help you file a Notice of Disagreement, file your appeal and represent you in all proceedings after that.
Why Choose Our VA Disability Law Firm
Our VA disability lawyers helps veterans and their families recover the VA service connected compensation they deserve after a claim denial. No matter where you are in the United States, Tucker Law Group can help you win your case.
John Tucker, the firm’s lead VA disability attorney, is accredited to practice before the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
The VA does not make benefit recovery easy. Our VA disability lawyers have extensive experience in this particular area of law. Because we handle many other types of disability claims, we have unique experience that many attorneys or non-attorney representatives do not have. We are also able to handle other types of claims for you. This makes our firm the top choice for navigating the government benefits systems.
We look forward to helping you get the compensation you deserve. Contact our nationwide VA disability attorneys today to discuss your claim. You can call us at (866) 233-5044 or contact us online. For more information and tips about VA service connected compensation claims, visit our VA disability blog archives.