Open your claim for VA benefits by submitting a claim with the VA. Your claim should include every condition you wish to have considered for a service connection, and all supporting evidence necessary to prove both the service connection and to support the Disability Rating requirements.
Once your claim for benefits has been received, the VA will request and review additional evidence from you, your healthcare providers, government agencies, and others. The Rating Veterans Service Representative (RVSR) will review the evidence and make a decision.
The VA will then issue a Rating Decision. The VA can either deny or grant your claim at this stage. If your claim is granted, you will receive a disability rating with an effective date. This is the date you can start receiving disability benefits. It is typically the date your claim was received.
If you disagree with the VA benefits claim decision or believe you should have received a higher disability rating, you can file a Supplemental Claim, request a Higher Level Review, or file a Board Appeal. We recommend that you seek experienced legal counsel when filing your appeal.
If your claim for VA disability benefits was denied, a VA disability benefits attorney can help you receive a higher disability rating, gather the necessary evidence to prove your claim, and tailor an argument on your behalf to the decision-maker or judge.
Veterans who were disabled because of an injury or disease that was sustained or aggravated during active military service should never be denied their VA benefits. Unfortunately, recovering VA benefits is often not as easy as it should be.
The Simpson Legal Group, PLLC helps disabled service members obtain the Veterans Administration (VA) benefits they are entitled to receive.
According to veterans’ disability law, the VA is supposed to compensate veterans who suffer from service-connected disabilities. Benefits are available to any veteran who has not been dishonorably discharged from any branch of the military.
Service-connected disability benefits are available for a disability caused by sickness or injury that occurred or was aggravated during military service.
Almost any injury, illness, or condition that was suffered in connection with or made worse by military service can be considered service-connected.
Depending on the percentage of disability a veteran has, the veteran may be entitled to monthly, nontaxable benefits.
Veterans are entitled to compensation for a physical disability that is caused by a service-related injury or illness and rated at 10% or more as a single disability.
Veterans who suffer from a mental health disorder may qualify for disability compensation if the mental health disorder is service-connected.
If the veteran cannot work because of the service-connected conditions, and are not rated at 100 percent disabled, they may be entitled to an increased benefit known as total disability based on individual unemployability (TDIU).
The veteran’s degree of disability rating dictates the amount of monthly benefits the veteran is entitled to receive. If a veteran suffers from multiple disabilities, benefits may be combined. If the veteran has dependents, an additional allowance may be added if the combined disability is 30% or more.
Veterans and their families are also eligible for:
Veterans and their families are also eligible for special benefits such as a one-time allowance to buy a new or used car or other adaptive equipment to accommodate a service-connected disability, and a convalescence benefit, which is a temporary 100% disability compensation to recover from surgery or immobilization of a joint by a cast without surgery, or for veterans who were hospitalized for more than 21 days for a service-connected disability.
Veterans and their families are also eligible for benefits for:
A veteran may be able to receive VA benefits if their service-connected disability has significantly interfered with their ability to work or has caused frequent hospitalization.
Individual unemployability (TDIU) benefits may be paid to a veteran who is unable to maintain substantial gainful employment as a result of a service-connected disability and who has at least one service-connected disability rated at 60% or more, or two or more service-connected disabilities with a combined rating of 70% or more when at least one of the disabilities is individually rated at 40%.
If your claim for VA benefits was denied, The Simpson Legal Group can help.
Based in Cocoa Florida, attorney Nic Simpson knows that fighting the VA for compensation is often more difficult than it should be.
The Simpson Legal Group will help you understand the VA benefits process, and will fight to recover the benefits you are entitled to receive.
To learn how Nic Simpson can help, contact The Simpson Legal Group today to schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss your case and how we can help.