Veteran (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Birmingham, Alabama
Veterans who suffered an injury or medical condition related to their military service may be eligible to receive disability benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
A denial of disability benefits from VA may leave you feeling frustrated and discouraged. Fortunately, you have the right to appeal VA’s decision if you were denied benefits to which you believe you are entitled.
A veteran (VA) disability lawyer serving Birmingham, Alabama from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help. We use our knowledge and experience to appeal wrongful disability benefit denials on behalf of our clients.
Call the team at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD at (844) 549-4500 for a free initial review of your case to see if we can assist.
VA Regional Benefit Office Serving Birmingham, Alabama
The Montgomery Regional Benefit Office, located at 345 Perry Hill RoadMontgomery, AL 36109.
Birmingham VA Medical Center
The Birmingham VA Health Care System, located at 700 South 19th StreetBirmingham, AL 35233.
Birmingham VA Clinic
The Birmingham VA Clinic, located at 2415 7th Avenue SouthBirmingham, AL 35233.
Alabama Veteran Statistics
The state of Alabama has four inpatient care sites and 17 outpatient care sites, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
As of 2017, Alabama is home to almost 370,000 veterans, with almost 161,000 of them aged 65 or higher. The number of veterans receiving disability benefits totaled more than 98,500 in Alabama in 2017. More than 174,000 of these veterans are also enrolled in the VA health care system.
Finding Representation for Your Case
It can be frustrating to receive a denial of disability benefits that you are rightfully owed. You may not understand exactly why your claim was denied, and may feel intimidated by the appeals process.
However, a veteran (VA) disability lawyer serving Birmingham, Alabama from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help. To learn more, call Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD at (844) 549-4500.
Meeting VA Requirements for a Disability Appeal
VA requires that veterans meet three criteria in order to have their condition service connected and receive the disability benefits to which they are entitled.
Currently Diagnosed Condition
First, you must prove that you are suffering from a qualifying medical condition. Typically, you need a diagnosis of a current, disabling condition.
Injury or Event During Service
Second, you need to show that you experienced an injury, illness, or event in service. Evidence of this event could come from medical, military, or personnel records.
Finally, you have to demonstrate a medical nexus, or link, between your currently diagnosed illness or condition and the event that occurred during your time in the military. A medical professional must write the Nexus letter specifically for you and for the purpose of your VA disability claim stating that your condition is “at least as likely as not” a result of the in-service event.
Understanding VA Compensation Rates
A veteran who qualifies for disability benefits does not have to be totally disabled in order to receive compensation. VA allows for partial compensation, based on a scale for combined disability ratings.
As of December 1st, 2021 the VA disability rate benefit amounts are as follows:
- 0 percent disability rating: $0.00 per month
- 10 percent disability rating: $152.64 per month
- 20 percent disability rating: $301.74 per month
- 30 percent disability rating: $467.39 per month
- 40 percent disability rating: $673.28 per month
- 50 percent disability rating: $958.44 per month
- 60 percent disability rating: $1,214.03 per month
- 70 percent disability rating: $1,529.95 per month
- 80 percent disability rating: $1,778.43 per month
- 90 percent disability rating: $1,998.52 per month
- 100 percent disability rating: $3,332.06 per month
There may be additional benefits available to veterans who have at least a 30 percent combined disability rating, should they have one or more qualifying dependents, such as a spouse, children, or dependent parents.
Call Us for a Free Initial Consultation
If you receive a denial of disability benefits related to your in-service injuries, a veteran (VA) disability lawyer serving Alabama from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help. We are committed to defending the rights of veterans, and our team works tirelessly to advocate on behalf of our clients.
Call (844) 549-4500 to discuss your claim with a veterans’ advocate from our firm. We will review the facts of your case to see if we can assist you in getting the disability benefits you deserve.
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