Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Waterloo, IA
If you are a veteran living in Waterloo, Iowa with a service-related injury or illness, you may qualify for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability benefits.
If you filed a disability claim but VA denied you benefits, a veterans (VA) disability lawyer at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help you secure the compensation you deserve. Call CCK today at 800-544-9144 for a free case review.
VA Facilities in Waterloo, Iowa
VA offers several resources to veterans living in Waterloo, including a Community Based Outpatient Clinic and a Regional Benefit Office.
The Waterloo VA Clinic provides health care services to veterans living in the Waterloo, Iowa area. Health services include primary care, mental health care, audiology and speech, addiction and substance abuse care, radiology, and more.
The Des Moines Regional Office administers a variety of programs and offers information for veterans, including information about VA health care, VA benefits, outreach programs, and public affairs.
Veterans living in Waterloo, Iowa can schedule a virtual meeting, a telephone call, or an in-person interview at the Regional Office. Appointments can be made through the Des Moines Regional Office’s online scheduling service or by phone at 515-323-7464.
Getting VA Disability Benefits in Waterloo, Iowa
VA awards disability benefits to veterans living in Waterloo who provide evidence of the following three things:
- An in-service event, injury, or illness;
- A current diagnosis of a disabling condition by a medical professional; and
- A link, or “nexus”, between the in-service event and the condition.
Showing proof of a nexus is essential to qualifying for disability benefits from VA. You can request a nexus opinion from your private physician, in which they state whether your condition is “at least as likely as not” related to your military service. VA may also schedule you for a Compensation and Pension (C&P) exam to determine if such a connection exists.
VA Benefit Amounts
If VA determines you meet the criteria for service connection, they will assign a disability rating ranging from 0 to 100 percent.
As of December 1st, 2022 the VA disability rate benefit amounts are as follows:
- 0 percent disability rating: $0.00 per month
- 10 percent disability rating: $165.92 per month
- 20 percent disability rating: $327.99 per month
- 30 percent disability rating: $508.05 per month
- 40 percent disability rating: $731.86 per month
- 50 percent disability rating: $1,041.82 per month
- 60 percent disability rating: $1,319.65 per month
- 70 percent disability rating: $1,663.06 per month
- 80 percent disability rating: $1,933.15 per month
- 90 percent disability rating: $2,172.39 per month
- 100 percent disability rating: $3,621.95 per month
What Benefits Does a 100% Disabled Veteran Get?
Veterans living in Waterloo, Iowa with a 100 percent disability rating may also be eligible for additional benefits, including:
- Medical, dental, and mental health care from VA’s Health Care Priority Group 1
- A grant from VA to help build, modify, or buy a specially adapted home to meet a veteran’s needs
- Military identification cards
- Emergency care outside of VA
- Special Monthly Compensation
- And more.
Appealing a VA Benefit Denial in Waterloo, Iowa
There are currently three ways to appeal a VA decision:
- Request a Higher-Level Reviewof your current claim by a senior VA employee;
- Submit new and relevant evidence as part of a Supplemental Claim; or
- File a Notice of Disagreementwith the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
A Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD veterans (VA) disability attorney serving Waterloo, Iowa may be able to help you gather evidence and file the appeal. Reach out to CCK today to learn more.
How Much Can a VA Disability Lawyer Charge in Waterloo?
VA regulates who can represent a veteran and how much they can be paid under 38 CFR § 14.636. A veterans (VA) disability attorney or accredited claims agent typically takes a previously agreed upon percentage of recovered retroactive benefits. They are not allowed to charge fees based on any future benefits the veteran may receive.
Fees equal to or below 20 percent are presumed reasonable by VA, and anything above 33.3 percent is considered unreasonable.
Was Your VA Claim Denied?
If VA denied you claim for disability benefits, a Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving Waterloo, Iowa may be able to help you secure the compensation you deserve. Call 800-544-9144 today to schedule your complimentary consultation.
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