Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Caldwell, Idaho
If you are a U.S. Military veteran living in Caldwell, Idaho and suffering from a service-related disability related, you may be eligible for disability benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Even if there is a connection between your current disability and an in-service occurrence, VA may still deny you disability compensation. If this is the case, you have the option to appeal the decision and fight for the benefits you deserve. A Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving Caldwell, Idaho may be able to help you with this process.
Reach out to CCK today for a free case review!
VA Facilities Serving Caldwell, Idaho
Veterans living in Caldwell, Idaho have access to several VA facilities located in Caldwell and the surrounding areas.
Community Based Outpatient Clinic
The Caldwell VA Clinic, managed by the Boise VA Medical Center, offers primary care to veterans living in Caldwell, Idaho. It also provides mental health services and pharmacy benefits. To schedule an appointment, veterans can call 208-454-4820.
VA Regional Office
The nearest Regional Office to Caldwell is the Boise Regional Office in Boise, Idaho. Veterans seeking disability benefits will have their claims processed at this office.
The Boise Regional Office also offers additional services, such as education, insurance, pension, loan guaranty, outreach, counseling, and more. Veterans can call 800-827-1000 to schedule an appointment or ask a question.
Winning Disability Compensation in Caldwell, Idaho
To secure disability compensation, veterans must provide VA with evidence of these three things:
- 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 disability.
Establishing the three elements of service connection is essential to securing VA disability benefits.
VA may schedule a Compensation and Pension examination (C&P) with a VA doctor or contracted examiner to determine if service connection is warranted. A veteran may also obtain a nexus opinion from an outside medical professional or private physician to substantiate their claim.
How VA Decides Your Monthly Compensation Amount
If VA grants you service connection, they will send you a Rating Decision Letter with your combined disability rating and monthly compensation amount.
Disability ratings – ranging from 0 to 100 percent and increasing by increments of 10 – are assigned based on the severity of your condition. If you have multiple service-connected conditions, the individual ratings for each condition will be combined using VA math. Your combined disability rating will then determine your monthly benefit amount.
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
What Benefits Does a 100% Disabled Veteran Get in Caldwell, Idaho?
In addition to receiving the full monthly compensation amount, 100 percent disabled veterans living in Caldwell, Idaho may also qualify for extra benefits. These include:
- Medical, dental, and mental health care from VA’s Health Care Priority Group 1;
- Dependents’ Educational Assistance;
- A grant from VA to help build, modify, or buy a specially adapted home;
- Military identification cards; and
- Emergency care outside of VA.
How to Appeal a VA Benefits Denial in Caldwell, Idaho
There are three lanes for appealing a VA decision under the Appeals Modernization Act:
- A Higher-Level Review: Request a review of your current claim by a senior VA employee;
- A Supplemental Claim: Submit new and relevant evidence as part of a supplemental claim; or
- A Notice of Disagreement: File a Notice of Disagreement with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board).
A CCK veterans (VA) disability attorney may be able to help you determine which appeal lane best fits your situation.
Should I Get a Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer?
An accredited veterans (VA) disability lawyer can assist you with preparing and filing an appeal and may even be able to represent you in front of the Board if needed.
VA regulates who can represent a veteran and how much they can be paid under 38 CFR § 14.636. Veterans’ representatives typically charge on a contingency basis, meaning they will take a previously agreed upon percentage of recovered retroactive benefits, or benefits that go back to the initial date of the claim. If a veterans (VA) disability lawyer charges based on future benefits, this is illegal.
Fees up to 20 percent are presumed reasonable, while fees exceeding 33.3 percent are considered unreasonable.
How CCK Serving Caldwell, Idaho Can Help
If VA denied your claim for disability benefits, the accredited veterans’ advocates and attorneys at CCK may be able to help. Our team of experienced and knowledgeable professionals knows the ins and outs of filing disability appeals.
Call CCK today at 800-544-9144 for a complimentary consultation.
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