Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Kansas
If you are a veteran living in Kansas and suffering from an illness or injury related to your time in service, you may qualify for VA disability benefits.
Kansas VA Benefit Resources
Kansas veterans can access several in-state resources, including a Regional Benefit Office located in Wichita and three VA Medical Centers.
VA Regional Benefit Office
- Wichita: Wichita Regional Benefit Office
VA Medical Centers
- Leavenworth: VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System – Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center
- Topeka: VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System – Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center
- Wichita: Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center
VA Outpatient Clinics
- Overland Park: Johnson County/Radiation Oncology VA Clinic
- Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Kansas
Nearly 200,000 veterans live in Kansas, comprising more than nine percent of the state’s population. Almost 38,000 of veterans receive VA disability benefits, and more than 87,000 are enrolled in VA’s health care system. Of that number, nearly 60,000 have been treated at a VA health care center.
Approximately 45 percent of Kansas veterans are 65 years or older, and 11 percent are military retirees.
How to Secure VA Disability Benefits in Kansas
Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD veterans (VA) lawyers serving Kansas are dedicated to helping veterans secure VA disability benefits.
To receive disability compensation, a veteran must provide proof of these three things:
- A diagnosis a condition (or conditions) from a medical professional;
- An event, injury, or illness occurring during military service; and
- A medical “nexus” linking the disability to the in-service event.
Often, a qualified medical professional will provide a nexus opinion to support a veteran’s claim. A positive nexus will state it is “at least as likely as not” that a veteran’s disability is related to military service.
VA Disability Compensation Amounts
VA primarily awards benefits based on a rating schedule. If service connection is granted, VA will evaluate the severity of the disability and assign a rating.
Ratings range between 0 and 100 percent, increasing by increments of 10. Your combined VA disability rating determines your monthly compensation amount. A 100 percent disabled veteran with no dependents in Kansas will get $3,146.42 per month as of December 1, 2020.
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
If VA did not assign you a 100 percent schedular rating but your disability prevents you from securing and maintaining substantially gainful employment, you may qualify for Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU).
What is TDIU?
To be eligible for TDIU, it is essential to prove that your service-connected condition prevents you from working. Veterans with TDIU receive monthly compensation equal to a 100 percent schedular rating, even if their combined disability rating does not equal 100 percent.
Should I Get a Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer?
If VA denied your claim for disability benefits, a veterans (VA) disability attorney may be able to help ease the challenging process of filing an appeal.
A veterans (VA) disability lawyer will usually charge on a contingency basis, meaning they will only take a previously agreed upon percentage of recovered retroactive benefits. It is illegal to charge fees based on a veteran’s future benefits.
How CCK Can Help
Did VA deny you disability benefits in Kansas? If so, the team of accredited veterans (VA) lawyers and advocates serving Kansas from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help.
Call us today at 800-544-9144 for a free case evaluation.
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