Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Los Angeles, California
As a veteran who has served their country, you shouldn’t have to start a new battle at home against VA for your earned benefits.
If the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) denied your claim for benefits or underrated your condition or illness, a veteran (VA) disability lawyer serving Los Angeles, California from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD can assist in your appeal to get you the benefits to which you are entitled.
Call Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD at (800) 544-9144 for a free consultation. Our office works on a contingency fee basis, so we do not get paid unless we are successful in winning you a retroactive award of benefits.
Los Angeles VA Regional Benefit Office
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Los Angeles Vet Center VR&E Outbased
Los Angeles Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Office
Los Angeles Air Force Base Pre-Discharge Claims Intake Site
VetSuccess on Campus at Long Beach City College
VetSuccess on Campus at California State University Long Beach
Los Angeles Air Force Base Pre-Discharge Claims Intake Site
Los Angeles VA Medical Centers
How We Can Help With Your Disability Benefits
If VA denied your disability benefits claim, it could be because your application did not satisfy all the required criteria to be approved. To grant disability benefits, VA requires three things:
- An in-service event, injury, or illness;
- A current diagnosis by a medical professional;
- A medical nexus—a connection between your in-service event, injury, or illness and your current diagnosis.
Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD’s veterans’ advocates will prepare your appeal with the above criteria in mind. Our attorneys take great pride in helping veterans with their appeals. We have argued cases at all levels of the VA disability appeals process, including:
- VA Regional Offices
- The Board of Veterans’ Appeals
- The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
- The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Meeting the Medical Diagnosis Requirement
A veteran (VA) disability lawyer serving Los Angeles, California from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD knows what VA requires in order to grant benefits. We can help you assemble all documentation to help prove your case, ranging from service records to medical opinions. We know how VA’s disability rating system works and can present your information in a manner that could increase your chance for a higher disability rating, which leads to a greater monthly compensation amount.
Presumptive Service Connection
There are specific disabilities that VA presumes to be service-connected in certain veterans. If a veteran can show that they have been diagnosed with one of these disabilities and served in a specific area during a specific time, they will not have to prove a nexus.
Veterans who meet the following criteria could qualify for presumptive disability benefits for certain conditions:
- Vietnam veterans
- Atomic veterans
- Gulf War veterans
- Former prisoners of war
Other examples of presumptive conditions include those where the veteran has been diagnosed with diabetes, arthritis, or other qualifying chronic disease within a year of release from active duty. A diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) after serving at least 90 days also establishes a service connection and does not require the veteran to provide a nexus. See more VA presumptions within a year of discharge here.
Understanding VA Disability Compensation Levels
If VA grants your claim, it will then proceed to rate your disability by matching the symptoms of your condition with VA’s Schedule for Rating Disabilities. The more severe the symptoms for a given veteran’s disability, the higher the disability rating. A higher disability rating corresponds with a greater amount of monthly compensation for which the veteran is eligible.
As of December 1st, 2020 the VA disability rate benefit amounts are as follows:
- 0 percent disability rating: $0.00 per month
- 10 percent disability rating: $144.14 per month
- 20 percent disability rating: $284.93 per month
- 30 percent disability rating: $441.35 per month
- 40 percent disability rating: $635.77 per month
- 50 percent disability rating: $905.04 per month
- 60 percent disability rating: $1,146.39 per month
- 70 percent disability rating: $1,444.71 per month
- 80 percent disability rating: $1,679.35 per month
- 90 percent disability rating: $1,887.18 per month
- 100 percent disability rating: $3,146.42 per month
Types of Conditions Covered by VA Disability Benefits
VA offers disability compensation and benefits for a wide range of conditions. Examples of some common conditions for which veterans are granted benefits include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Severe hearing loss
- Chronic back pain that is diagnosed as a back disability
- Scar tissue
- Cancers resulting from exposure to toxic chemicals and other hazards
- Difficulty moving your body (loss of range of motion)
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Problems breathing caused by lung disease or lung condition
This is not an exhaustive list. There are hundreds of conditions that could qualify you for benefits.
Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD Can Help You Appeal Your Claim
The attorneys and advocates at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD are committed to helping veterans obtain the benefits they deserve. We value your service and sacrifice for our country. Your veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving Los Angeles, California will fight to see that you receive the disability benefits you have earned.
Call Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD today for a free consultation: (800) 544-9144.
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