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Veteran (VA) Disability Lawyer Seving Silver Spring, Maryland

Veterans who live with disabilities as a result of their time in the U.S. Armed Forces may be entitled to monthly compensation through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA disability benefits could be key in helping your family make ends meet or cover costs if your ability to work is limited by your medical condition.

A veteran (VA) disability lawyer serving Silver Spring, Maryland may be able to help you fight a wrongful denial of VA benefits. Call Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD at (401) 753-6359 to speak with a member of our team during a complimentary initial consultation to see if we can assist you.

VA Regional Benefit Office Serving Silver Spring, Maryland

Regional benefit offices are VA facilities that provide oversight, administration, and assistance related to VA benefit programs, including disability compensation. You can visit one of these facilities to learn more about your qualifications for a specific VA program or to get help filing your claim for disability benefits. The rating specialists and VA employees who evaluate VA disability claims also generally work out of these offices.

All support and information available at your VA regional benefit office is free for veterans and their families. You may be able to speak to someone in person or on the phone. The office that serves veterans in and around Silver Spring, MD is the National Capital Regional Office in Washington, DC.

Silver Spring, Maryland Vet Center

While the National Capital Regional Office is only a few miles from Silver Spring and offers a wide range of support for veterans living with service-related medical conditions in Montgomery County and the greater Capital Region, there are also local resources that can answer your questions and help with your application, such as the Silver Spring Vet Center, located at 2900 Linden Lane, Suite 100.

VA Medical Center Serving Silver Spring, Maryland

To get service-connected for your medical condition, you may need to visit a doctor or undergo a Compensation & Pension (C&P) exam with a VA healthcare provider in order to get a current diagnosis and/or assessment of the severity of your condition. VA accepts records from both private physicians and VA doctors.

Your closest options for VA health care include two facilities in Washington, DC. For primary care services, without the hassle of visiting a large VA medical center, you may be able to see a doctor or other medical practitioner at the Franklin Street VA Clinic. You can learn more about the clinic’s primary care, outpatient facility, and other available services by calling (401) 753-6359.

If you require certain treatments, inpatient care, or specialists, you may receive a referral to the Washington DC VA Medical Center. This facility is located at 50 Irving Street in Northwest Washington, DC.

Appealing a Denial of VA Disability Benefits

When it comes to receiving a grant of disability benefits from VA, you are generally required to prove 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.

At the initial claim phase, VA has a duty to assist, meaning they must help you gather supporting evidence of these three things in your claims file. You also have the option to submit evidence, such as service and medical records or lay statements, on your own behalf.

Typically, you only have one year from the date of your denial to challenge VA’s decision, according to VA Form 4107. In the new appeals system under the Appeals Modernization Act, you have the option to:

  1. request a Higher-Level Review;
  2. file a Supplemental Claim, with which you submit any new and relevant evidence; or
  3. file a Notice of Disagreement to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.

A veterans’ disability attorney can help you determine the best option based on your situation and help you build a strong appeal.

Talk to a Veterans’ Advocate Serving Silver Spring, Maryland

A veteran (VA) disability lawyer serving Silver Spring, Maryland from CCK may be able to help you fight a wrongful denial and secure the monthly disability compensation or retroactive benefits to which you may be entitled. We do not collect any attorney’s fees unless we succeed in getting our client a retroactive award of benefits.

Call the team at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD at (401) 753-6359 to get started today.