Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Indiana
Are you an Indiana resident who served in the U.S. military and now suffer from a disability due to your service? You may qualify for VA disability compensation. Unfortunately, the claims process can be difficult and may result in a denial.
A veterans disability lawyer serving Indiana can help you if your VA disability claim was denied. The legal team at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD helps veterans appeal VA disability compensation denials. We want to help you, and it starts with a free, no-risk consultation to determine if we can assist you.
To speak with a member of our team, call us today at 800-544-9144.
Indiana VA Benefit Resources
Indiana has three VA medical centers as well as a Regional Benefit Office in Indianapolis. There are also several additional outpatient clinics throughout the state.
Indiana VA Regional Benefit Offices
- Indianapolis: Indianapolis Regional Benefit Office
Indiana VA Medical Centers
- Fort Wayne: VA Northern Indiana Health Care System-Fort Wayne Campus
- Indianapolis: Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center (Indianapolis VA Medical Center)
- Marion: VA Northern Indiana Health Care System – Marion Campus
Indiana VA Outpatient Clinics
- Bloomington: Bloomington Mental Health Outpatient Clinic
- Crown Point: Adam Benjamin, Jr. OPC
- Edinburgh: Wakeman VA Clinic
- Evansville: Evansville Health Care Center
- Terre Haute: Terre Haute Mental Health Outpatient Clinic
Indiana VA Statistics
Indiana has more than 418,000 veterans who call the state home — 8.5 percent of its population. More than 85,000 Indiana veterans receive VA disability compensation, more than 186,000 are enrolled in VA’s health care system, and approximately 130,000 have sought treatment at a VA facility.
Among Indiana’s veterans, more than 45 percent are at least 65 years old, and 6 percent are military retirees.
Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick Fights for VA Disability Compensation You Deserve
At Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD, our team focuses on fighting for our veteran clients in Indiana and making sure they receive the benefits they deserve. Our attorneys know how to compile a compelling appeal.
To receive VA disability, we must demonstrate three things:
1.) You have a current, diagnosed disability;
2.) You experienced an event, illness, or injury during your service; and
3.) A “nexus” between your service and your diagnosed condition.
You Have a Medical Condition That Disables You
VA requires you to have a diagnosis from a healthcare professional in order for you to be eligible for service-connected compensation.
Unlike Social Security, VA does not require total disability as a prerequisite for benefits. Instead, it has a rating system which corresponds to different amounts of compensation.
Your Experienced an Event, Injury, or Illness
An event during your military service — such as an injury suffered during a combat mission or training exercise, a trauma, or exposure to toxic chemicals — must have given rise to the condition for which you are currently applying for VA disability. Evidence of an in-service event may be found in your military personnel or medical records or may be detailed in an affidavit you submit in support of your claim.
In order to link your current diagnosis to your military service, you must have medical evidence from an appropriate healthcare professional stating that “it is at least as likely as not” that your military service caused your current condition. This is called a “nexus.” A nexus opinion can come from a VA Compensation & Pension exam or from a private treating professional.
Meeting these three requirements is vital to your VA disability appeal. A veterans disability lawyer serving Indiana can help you with this. Our team at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD helps our clients make compelling appeals.
How VA Evaluates Your Condition
To determine your service-connected compensation level, VA uses a formula to determine your combined disability rating, which is a rating between 0 and 100 percent (in 10 percent increments). A 0 percent rating does not result in compensation. A 100 percent rating results in the maximum schedular compensation 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
Your VA benefits can vary significantly based on how severe VA believes your condition to be.
If your service-connected disabilities impact your ability to work and maintain substantially gainful employment, VA has a benefit called Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU). TDIU compensates veterans at the 100 percent rate even if their disability ratings do not combine to 100 percent.
Speak With Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD About Your VA Appeal
If you applied for VA disability and received a denial, we can help you navigate the appeals process.
If you are an Indiana veteran seeking VA disability compensation we want to talk to you to see if we can assist you in the matter. We help veterans receive the VA disability benefits they deserve.
Call us to talk with a team member at 800-544-9144.
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