Veterans' Disability FAQ
Answers from Las Vegas VA Disability Lawyers
If you or someone you love has questions about
veterans' disability and how to navigate the process, you are not alone. The VA claim process
is known for being confusing and in some cases overwhelming, which is
why so many veterans don't receive the benefits they need. At Shook
& Stone, we make every effort to help our clients understand their
rights as veterans and how disability benefits work.
To help you get started on the right path, our Las Vegas VA attorneys have
put together a list of some of the most common questions we receive from veterans.
What are veterans' disability benefits?
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government agency that
provides certain benefits and services to former American military members.
Disability benefits are one of the most important services provided by
the VA. These benefits are designed to help veterans who suffer from
service-connected disabilities, including physical injuries, illnesses, mental health conditions, and
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
What types of benefits are available?
The VA offers disability benefits according to the unique needs of veterans.
Although each case is unique, the VA offers a range of disability benefits,
- Monthly benefits
- Health care
- Travel reimbursement (for medical services)
- Vocational rehabilitation & employment services
- Death benefits
Am I eligible to receive benefits?
The VA has strict qualifying criteria for awarding benefits. In order to
be eligible for disability benefits, veterans must be diagnosed with a
disability that originated or worsened while they were in the military.
Veterans must also have been discharged under other than dishonorable
conditions and be at least 10% disabled. Our legal team can help you understand
your eligibility during a case evaluation.
Is the claim process difficult?
The claim process has become known as a difficult and time-consuming process.
In fact, the VA is known for high rates of denials, especially during
the appeals process. As of late, the VA has also come under scrutiny for
committing errors when reviewing claims. For these reasons, many veterans
have their claims unfairly denied or receive disability ratings less than
what they deserve.
What if I disagree with the VA's decision on my claim?
If you are not satisfied with the VA's decision, you can appeal. The
two most common reasons veterans appeal a decision:
- -The VA denied benefits for a disability that began during military service or
- -Your disability is more severe than what the VA rated you.
However, you can appeal for any reason.
How common is it to appeal a claim?
With the VA backlog it is incredibly common for the VA to make a mistake
or overlook an important factor in rating your disability claim. Many
veterans feel their claim was unfairly denied or they did not receive
a rating that accurately compensates you for symptoms relating to your
How long does the appeal process take?
It takes an average of 1009 days to complete the appeal process. While
the appeal process may be long, it is vital in ensuring that the VA properly
evaluates your disability. That is why Shook & Stone will be there
every step of the way, so the Board of Veterans Appeals will be presented
with the most convincing case possible.
Do I need a lawyer?
This is one of the most common questions we receive, and it is also one
of the most important. While there is no law requiring veterans to have
legal representation when applying for disability benefits, veterans who
try to file claims alone often fail. Because the process can be complex
– especially when veterans may be struggling with disabilities –
and because the outcome of this case is important to the well-being and
future of veterans, working with an experienced and proven lawyer is crucial.
What is unique about Shook & Stone's VA Disability representation?
Our VA accredited attorneys understand the appeals process and know how
to effectively fight for you, so that your appeal receives full consideration
from the BVA. Plus, our knowledgeable and responsive staff will be available
to answer your questions every step of the way.
Have More Questions?
Contact Us Today!
If you have more questions about your rights, veterans' disability,
and how our firm can help with your specific case, our legal team is available
to provide the answers you need during a free consultation. To request
a case evaluation with a Las Vegas VA disability lawyer,
contact us today.