Veteran (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Joliet, Illinois
If a service-related injury or illness prevents you from working or limits your daily activities, you may qualify for monetary benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). You may be required to prove your condition, diagnosis, and how it is related to your military service.
If you filed your claim and were denied benefits, a veteran (VA) disability lawyer serving Joliet, Illinois from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help you. We use our knowledge and experience to appeal wrongful benefit denials. Call us today at (800) 544-9144 for a free initial consultation on your case.
Joliet, Illinois VA Regional Benefit Office
The nearest VA regional benefit office that serves Joliet, IL is the Chicago Regional Benefit Office. You should not have to visit this office as a part of your application process or during an appeal. However, you may receive correspondence about your claim from this office.
This office serves as the headquarters of the ratings specialists who review your medical records, service records, and other information to determine if you may qualify to receive a combined disability rating based on your medical condition, and if that rating qualifies you for monthly monetary benefits.
Will County Veterans Assistance Commission
The Veterans Assistance Commission of Will County offers resources and assistance for residents of Joliet and Will County who wish to receive help filing a claim for VA disability and other benefits. They may also be able to connect you with other programs and resources for veterans on the federal, state, or local level.
This office is located on the first floor, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet, IL. You can learn more about their services or make an appointment by calling (815) 740-8389 today.
Joliet, Illinois VA Medical Center
The Joliet VA Clinic is located at:
1201 Eagle Street
Joliet, IL 60432-2031
You can reach the facility today by calling (815) 740-8100. This facility offers a wide range of services that include:
- Emergency department care
- Primary care
- Mental health care
- Specialty care
- Assistance with VA disability benefits, in some cases
- Referrals to the Edward Hines Junior Hospital when appropriate
The nearest VA medical center to Joliet residents may be the Edward Hines Junior Hospital in Hines, Illinois. You may wish to visit this facility if your condition is not one of those treated at the Joliet VA Clinic, or if you require surgical or inpatient care.
It is important to know that you do not have to see a VA doctor to qualify for VA benefits. You have the option to visit your private physician for a medical diagnosis, and VA should accept these medical records and supporting documents as evidence of your condition.
A Veteran (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Joliet, Illinois May Be Able to Help You Fight for VA Disability Benefits
When you file a claim for VA disability benefits, there are two options:
- You can file a standard claim and allow the ratings specialist to collect the necessary documentation; or
- You can file a fully developed claim and gather the necessary documentation yourself.
In either case, it is important that you understand what is required for a grant of benefits. Generally, service-connection 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.
Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD understands the common reasons VA denies claims and the evidence that may be necessary to prove your case, even if there is a problem with your service records or other documentation.
A veteran (VA) disability lawyer serving Joliet, Illinois from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help you receive a grant of benefits through the decision review or appeals process as designed by VA. We know how to navigate this process and challenge a wrongful denial. Call (800) 544-9144 now to learn more.
Options may include:
- Requesting a senior ratings specialist complete a higher-level review of your claim;
- Filing a supplemental claim with new and relevant evidence; or
- Filing a Notice of Disagreement requesting a review by the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
You have 365 days from the date of your denial notice to file an appeal. We may be able to appeal your denial and get it overturned, however, it is important that we have time to do so. Contact us right away if you received a denial on your initial claim.
Call to Talk to a Veterans Advocate About Your Joliet, IL Claim Today
If you received a denial for VA disability compensation, a member of the Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD team is standing by, ready to take your call. We offer free consultations and advocate for the benefits veterans rightfully deserve.
Call Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD today at (800) 544-9144 to see if we may be able to assist.
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