Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Kahului, Hi
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers disability benefits to veterans with service-connected conditions. If you are a veteran living in Kahului, Hawaii with a condition related to your service, you may qualify for such benefits.
If VA denied your claim, a veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving Kahului, HI at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help you appeal the decision. Call CCK at 800-544-9144 for a free case review.
VA Resources Serving Kahului, Hawaii
There are several VA facilities that offer resources to veterans living in Kahului and the surrounding areas in Maui. These include a VA Clinic, a Vet Center, and a Regional Office.
The Maui VA Clinic in Kahului provides primary care, laboratory and pathology, and more services to qualifying veterans. To learn more, veterans can visit the website or call the main phone at 808-871-2454.
The Maui Vet Center in Kahului offers confidential counseling, including for needs such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. The Vet Center also provides couples and family counseling, grief and bereavement counseling, and more.
The Honolulu Regional Office offers its resources to veterans living across Hawaii, including those in Kahului and other areas in Maui. This office administers several VA programs and services, including disability compensation, education programs, loan guaranty, VA pension, and Veterans Readiness and Employment.
Securing VA Disability Benefits in Kahului, Hawaii
Kahului veterans can qualify for disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs if they have evidence of these three elements of service connection:
- An in-service event, injury, or illness;
- A current diagnosis of a disabling condition by a medical professional; and
- A nexus, or link, between the in-service event and current disability.
There are different types of evidence that can be useful in proving a claim for disability compensation. Some examples include:
- Service medical records
- Service personnel records
- Private and VA medical records
- Medical opinions from the veteran’s treating doctor (i.e., the nexus element)
- Employment records (especially if the veteran is seeking Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability, or TDIU)
- Lay evidence (i.e., lay statements or buddy statements)
VA Disability Compensation Amounts
Once service connection is established, VA will assign a disability rating, ranging from 0 to 100 percent, to the veteran’s condition. A veteran’s combined disability rating (i.e., the combination of each of their individual ratings using VA math) determines their monthly compensation amount.
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
Veterans with a combined rating of 30 percent or higher and at least one qualifying dependent may receive additional compensation. Dependents can include:
- A spouse
- Children under the age of 18
- Children between the ages of 18 and 23 who are attending school
- A dependent parent
Appealing a VA Decision in Kahului, HI
If VA denied your claim for disability benefits, you have the option to appeal the decision. There are three ways of doing so:
- Higher-Level Review: Request a review of your current claim by a senior VA employee;
- Supplemental Claim: Submit new and relevant evidence as part of a Supplemental Claim; or
- Notice of Disagreement: File a Notice of Disagreement with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
Should I Get a Veterans (VA) Disability Attorney?
A Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving Kahului, HI may be able to assist you with this process. A veterans disability attorney can help you manage and stay on top of the time-consuming and challenging appeal process.
The accredited claims agents and attorneys at CCK can help you gather relevant evidence and represent you before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals and Court of Appeal for Veterans Claims (CAVC), if needed.
How Much Can a Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Charge?
VA regulates how much an accredited lawyer or agent can be paid under 38 CFR § 14.636. An accredited veteran representative typically charges on a contingency basis, meaning they will take a previously agreed upon percentage of recovered retroactive benefits.
Representatives are not allowed to charge fees based on any future benefits. Additionally, fees above 33.3 percent are presumed unreasonable by VA.
How CCK Can Help Veterans in Kahului, HI
If VA denied your claim for disability compensation, a CCK veterans (VA) disability attorney serving Kahului, HI may be able to help you appeal the decision. Call CCK today at 800-544-9144 for a free consultation.
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