Veteran (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Rome, Georgia
Rome, Georgia veterans who have a service-related medical condition may qualify for disability benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA disability compensation is available to veterans with qualifying medical conditions. You can talk to someone at the nearest Regional Office or your local field office to learn more about your potential options.
If you already filed a claim for VA disability but received a denial of benefits, an attorney from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD might be able to help you challenge the denial. Call us at (401) 331-6300 for your free initial review of your case.
Documenting Your Condition
Before you can file your claim for VA disability compensation, it helps to have documentation of your diagnosed medical condition in your medical records. In order to get a diagnosis, you can see a doctor at a VA clinic, VA medical center, or through a private physician.
The following links list VA resources local to Rome, Georgia. You may find these offices useful when submitting a claim or when gathering your medical information to appeal your initial claim.
VA Regional Benefit Office Serving Rome, Georgia
The Atlanta Regional Office in Decatur serves all Georgia veterans:
1700 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA 30033
Rome, Georgia Department of Veterans Service Office
The Rome Veterans Field Service Office in Floyd, Gordon, and Haralson counties:
201 Calhoun Ave
Rome, GA 30161
VA Medical Centers Serving Rome, Georgia
An outpatient clinic for veterans in Rome at the Rome VA Clinic:
30 Chateau Drive Southeast
Rome, GA 30161-7201
An inpatient clinic at the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Decatur:
1670 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
Challenging a Rome, Georgia VA Disability Denial
If you receive a denial based on your initial claim for VA disability benefits, you have one year from the date of your denial to challenge VA’s decision. A successful appeal of a denial of VA benefits could allow you to receive a grant of monthly benefits going forward and back pay from the wrongful denial.
You also have the right to legal representation during the appeals process. The team at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD takes pride in advocating on behalf of veterans who served our country bravely. Contact Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD at
(401) 331-6300 if you receive a denial based on your initial application for VA disability benefits to see if we can help with your claim.
Proving You Meet Eligibility Requirements
VA looks at every disability benefits claim to determine the extent of the veteran’s injuries or medical condition. The VA employee or rating specialist assigned to your case will determine if your condition warrants a grant of service connection and assign you a disability rating based on the severity of your condition. Generally, a grant of VA disability benefits requires proof of 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.
If the person reviewing your application does not believe substantial evidence is present to support your eligibility based on these three criteria, you may receive a denial. You then have one year from the date of your denial to file an appeal. Reaching out to a veterans’ advocate as soon as possible may allow you ample time to gather your medical evidence and draft a compelling appeal for the denial of your VA disability claim.
Options for Appeal After Receiving a Denial from VA
If VA denied your initial claim, you have three options to fight the denial under the Appeals Modernization Act:
- File a Supplemental Claim, with which you submit new and relevant evidence;
- Request a Higher-Level Review of your file by a more senior VA staff member; or
- File a Notice of Disagreement with which you can request a hearing and/or submit additional evidence with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
Talk to a VA Disability Attorney Serving Rome, Georgia
If you filed a claim for VA disability compensation based on a service-related medical condition and received a denial, we may be able to help. Our team of attorneys and professionals uses its extensive knowledge and years of experience to advocate on behalf of veterans.
We may be able to help you secure the VA disability benefits to which you are rightfully entitled. Call (401) 331-6300 for a free initial review of your case by a VA disability lawyer serving the Rome, Georgia area.
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