Has the VA denied your disability benefits?
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VA Disability will provide veterans who are suffering from debilitating injuries and other disabilities with a lifelong benefit, paid monthly. Along with injuries that occurred during combat, you can also receive disability payments for injuries suffered during off duty activities, even leisure activities such as snow skiing and other sports. You can also receive compensation for cancers developed later in life and a number of other ailments that could have been caused by your service.
Many veterans are not receiving disability benefits at all or they are receiving less benefits than they should. The VA has complex rules for awarding VA disability that are difficult to understand. These rules often result in a veteran being denied for benefits even when they are qualified. The process is onerous and Veterans often get frustrated with the process. Many don’t pursue their right to appeal the VA’s decision. That’s where we step in. We can take on the task of investigating your claim and handle the appeal for you.
What qualifies as a disability?
VA disability can be received for injuries sustained in combat, but it can also be received for many other types of injuries and diseases, such as;
- Cancer developed later in life. Many service members are exposed to chemicals known to cause cancer.
- Recreational injuries, such as playing softball or football, during service.
- Diseases or injuries caused or aggravated as a result of injuries sustained service.
- Injury or disease caused by negligent treatment you received from the VA.
The more disabilities you have, the more you’re entitled to. For each type of disability you qualify for, the VA provides a rating from 0% to 100%. The amount of the benefit you receive each month is based on this rating. Each disability is assigned a rating. When it comes to VA disability ratings, 2+2 does not equal 4. If you’re 10% disabled here and 15% disabled somewhere else, it’s not just adding those numbers up to get your final answer. The VA has complex rules on how ratings can be combined, depending on whether the ratings are associated with the same body part or different body parts. We work through the process to determine how each disability is related to the other in order to get you the maximum benefit for your service.
Understanding how the system works increases the likelihood of qualifying for VA Disability. The VA has rules. In several areas the veteran has to satisfy certain conditions. This allows the VA to presume that you are injured. Presumptions are very important parts of the qualification process for disability. The presumptions are very powerful. This is especially true when the part of the VA claim that would be difficult to prove is part of the presumption. The VA is required by law to apply these presumptions. But as we are all aware, they often do not. We will fight to ensure that any presumption for which you are entitled is fully applied in your case.
You may be receiving less than you should. If you are approved for VA benefits, you should examine what you actually were awarded versus what you think you should have been eligible for. The VA often does not examine every fact related to your claim. This can return a rating that is less than that provided for under law. The VA is also prone to use the wrong start date. The correction of a start date can result in thousands of dollars more in back benefits.
Attorney fees for VA Disability: You CAN NOT be charged for filing an initial claim with the VA. No attorney, paper pusher, doctor, not anyone can charge for the filing of an initial application for benefits. An attorney fee can only be charged on an appeal. We charge a fee of 20-30% the back payments received on a successful appeal depending on the complexity of the appeal. If the appeal does not improve your claim, we do not get paid.. There is also no attorney fee on future benefit payments.
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