Veteran (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Augusta, Georgia
If you have a service-related medical condition affecting your everyday life, you may qualify for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability benefits. There are resources available around Augusta, GA to help you learn more about VA benefits and how to apply.
If VA already denied your claim, a Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD veterans disability attorney serving Augusta, Georgia can review your case for free. Call us today at (800) 544-9144 to learn more.
Benefit Offices Serving Augusta, Georgia
The Atlanta Regional Benefit Office, located in Decatur, is Georgia’s only VA Regional Benefit Office. VA disability claims filed in Georgia will likely go here for review. However, it is not necessary to go to this office in person as local benefit offices in Augusta offer the same resources and have staff to help with your claim.
There are two Field Services Offices serving veterans and their families in Augusta. These offices are:
Open Monday through Friday, staff from these Field Service Offices can help veterans understand, apply for, and manage benefits available to them based on their service-related disability. They can explain your eligibility, help you gather evidence, and assist you in filing a claim for VA disability benefits.
VA Medical Center Serving Augusta, Georgia
The Augusta, GA VA Medical Center includes two divisions:
- The main facility is the Charlie Norwood Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in downtown Augusta.
- The Augusta VA Medical Center-Uptown is located on Freedom Way.
The Downtown Division has 156 beds, including 58 general medicine; beds 27 surgery beds; and 71 spinal cord injury treatment and rehabilitation beds. The Freedom Way Uptown hospital has 82 beds in the hospital, including psychiatry and mental health, blind rehabilitation, and rehabilitation medicine beds. There are an additional 132 beds in the nursing home unit and a 60-bed domiciliary.
These medical centers provide a wide range of services, including:
- Treatment of spinal cord injuries
- Blind rehabilitation
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
If you are on the west side of Augusta or prefer to visit a smaller facility, the Aiken VA Clinic in South Carolina provides outpatient care as well as some limited specialty care. It is important to understand your options for medical care in Augusta because you must have a medical diagnosis to be eligible for VA disability benefits.
Appealing a VA Decision in Augusta, Georgia
Veterans who were denied VA disability benefits have exactly one year from the date of the VA notice to appeal the decision. There are three options for challenging the denial:
- Submitting a Supplemental Claim with new and relevant evidence to support your initial claim;
- Requesting a Higher-Level Review of your claim and the existing evidence; or
- Filing a Notice of Disagreement with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
At Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD, we advocate for veterans who were wrongfully denied VA disability compensation. We know what it takes to help qualified veterans to secure VA benefits.
Generally, a grant of disability compensation requires three things:
- An in-service event, injury, or illness;
- A current diagnosis by a medical professional; and
- A medical nexus, or link, between your in-service event, injury, or illness and your current diagnosis.
The team at CCK can review your case free. Depending on your situation, we may be able to file an appeal on your behalf. Call (800) 544-9144 now to learn more.
How CCK Can Help
If VA denied your claim for disability compensation, you have exactly one year from the date of your decision notice to file an appeal. Reach out to Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD as soon as possible for your free case review. We may be able to help you secure VA disability benefits. Call (800) 544-9144 today to get started.
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