Veteran (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Huntsville, Alabama
Veterans who have a service-related injury or health condition may be eligible to receive disability benefits. These disability benefits are tax-free and are provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. If VA determines your condition to be service-connected, you will be assigned a combined disability rating that will dictate your monthly benefit amount.
VA receives thousands of claims each year, and unfortunately, denials are all too common. If you received a denial for your VA disability benefits claim, a veteran (VA) disability attorney serving Huntsville, Alabama at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to assist. Contact us at (844) 549-4500 for a complimentary initial consultation.
VA Regional Benefit Office Serving Huntsville, Alabama
Huntsville, Alabama VA Resources
Huntsville Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Office
400 Meridian Street
Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: (256) 533-2507
VA Disability Benefits Claims and Appeals
To receive a grant of VA disability benefits, veterans must provide proof of the following:
- The claim is for a condition sustained during or due to an in-service event, injury, or illness;
- The veteran has a current diagnosis made by a medical professional; and
- There is a medical nexus, or link, between the in-service event, injury, or illness and the current diagnosis.
Though VA has a duty to assist veterans in gathering evidence to support their claims, some veterans elect to compile their own evidence and submit a fully developed claim. Military and medical records, lay statements, and opinions from medical or vocational experts are some of the most common forms of evidence.
Establishing a connection between an in-service event and your injury or illness can often be the hardest part of a VA claim, and it is on this basis that some veterans receive a denial. However, veterans have one year from the date on their denial notice to appeal VA’s decision. They also have the right to representation, and a veterans (VA) disability attorney may be able to guide them through the appeals process.
VA Disability Ratings
VA assigns each qualifying veteran a combined disability rating, which is measured from 0 to 100 percent in increments of 10. Ratings are based on the severity of the veteran’s health condition and the level to which they are unable to work or perform activities of daily life.
Typically, the more debilitating an injury or illness, the higher the combined disability rating that may be assigned. Additional benefits may also be available in certain cases, such as for veterans who have lost limbs or have qualifying dependents.
How a Veterans Advocate Can Assist
There are many reasons you may decide to have a VA claims attorney handle your case. For example, a veterans advocate may be able to help with complex cases that require a deep understanding of VA law or research into rules, evidence requirements, and precedents that may be used in support of your claim.
If you received a denial of benefits or a lower than anticipated combined disability rating, a veteran (VA) disability attorney serving Alabama may be able to help you file an appeal.
Contact CCK Today
Contact Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD at (844) 549-4500 for a complimentary consultation. Our team of veterans (VA) disability attorneys and professionals serving Huntsville, Alabama may be able to assist you with your case.
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