Veteran (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Maine
Veterans who suffer from a disabling condition related to their military service may be entitled to disability benefits. As many veterans discover after submitting their application, denials are common if the evidence linking the condition to the applicant’s military service is not strong enough.
If you received a denial, a veteran (VA) disability lawyer serving Maine may be able to help you appeal the decision. At Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD, our team of veterans attorneys focus on VA disability law, and we can help you navigate the challenging VA appeals process. We want to ensure that you receive the benefits you deserve. We offer a free consultation to all veterans, so call 800-544-9144 today for yours.
Maine VA Benefit Resources
Maine’s regional benefit office and medical center are both located in the same building in Augusta.
Maine VA Regional Benefit Office
Maine VA Medical Center
Maine VA Statistics
As of 2016, Maine has:
- Over 116,000 residents who are veterans (over 11 percent of the state’s adult population)
- Nearly 27,000 veterans receiving disability compensation
- Nearly 57,000 veterans currently enrolled in the VA health care system (over 41,000 of these veterans have sought treatment at a VA medical center)
Nearly half of Maine’s veteran residents are 65 years or older; over 10 percent are military retirees.
How to Appeal a VA Disability Benefits Denial in Maine
By making a strong case to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that you suffered a disabling medical condition as a direct result of something that happened in your military service, we can help you appeal the denial and win the disability benefits you deserve. Our attorneys evaluate your military records and medical history to determine the evidence we need to build a winning appeal.
For our appeal to be successful, we must:
- Prove you have a current diagnosis of a disabling medical condition; and
- Provide evidence of a specific event, illness, or injury in your military service;
- Demonstrate that the specific event, illness, or injury caused or contributed to your condition.
It is especially important that we establish this third point, known as a “nexus”.
VA Disability Compensation Levels
Once service connection is established, our legal team strives to obtain the highest combined disability rating for which you are eligible. This combined rating, which the VA assigns to you upon approving your claim for disability benefits, determines the level of compensation you receive.
You will receive a rating between 0 and 100 percent. The higher the rating, the more disability compensation you receive each month. To receive monthly compensation, you must have a disability rating of 10 percent or higher. Per VA’s rating schedule, a rating of 0 or 10 percent generally indicates that your disability is minor, while a rating of 100 percent corresponds with total disability.
The VA benefits schedule, as of December 31, 2018, is:
- 10 percent disability rating: $140.05 per month
- 20 percent disability rating: $276.84 per month
- 30 percent disability rating: $428.83 per month
- 40 percent disability rating: $617.73 per month
- 50 percent disability rating: $879.36 per month
- 60 percent disability rating: $1,113.86 per month
- 70 percent disability rating: $1,403.71 per month
- 80 percent disability rating: $1,631.69 per month
- 90 percent disability rating: $1,833.62 per month
- 100 percent disability rating: $3,057.13 per month
With a rating of at least 30 percent, you can receive additional compensation for dependents living in your household, which can include your children, spouse, or dependent parents.
Call Our Legal Team for Help with a VA Appeal in Maine
Our VA disability attorneys are committed to helping veterans receive the benefits they deserve. To learn what our team can do for you, call 800-544-9144 today for a free consultation.