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.
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).
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, including:
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.
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.
If you are not satisfied with the VA’s decision, you can appeal. The two most common reasons veterans appeal a decision:
However, you can appeal for any reason.
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 disability.
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.
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.
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.
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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.