When Massachusetts veterans have a current diagnosed disability due to their time serving in the military, they may be eligible for VA disability compensation. Although many veterans are granted VA benefits upon filing their claims, some veterans receive denials from VA.
At Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD, our attorneys serve veterans in Massachusetts, helping them appeal VA disability compensation denials. If you have a diagnosed condition due to your service and have been denied benefits, a veterans disability lawyer serving Massachusetts can help you. We offer a free consultation during which we will determine if we are able to offer you assistance.
To speak with a member of our team, call our office at 800-544-9144.
Massachusetts VA Benefit Resources
Besides the Boston Regional Benefit Office, Massachusetts is home to several VA Medical Centers, located in the Boston area and in the Western part of the state.
Massachusetts VA Regional Benefit Offices
- Boston: Boston Regional Benefit Office
Massachusetts VA Medical Centers
- Bedford: Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital (Bedford VA)
- Brockton: VA Boston Healthcare System, Brockton Campus
- Jamaica Plain: VA Boston Healthcare System, Jamaica Plain Campus
- Leeds: VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System
- West Roxbury: VA Boston Healthcare System, West Roxbury Campus
Massachusetts VA Outpatient Clinic
- Boston: Causeway OPC
Massachusetts VA Statistics
Numbering more than 360,000, veterans make up almost 7 percent of the Massachusetts population. Of this number, more than 63,000 receive VA disability benefits, and 134,000 are enrolled in VA’s healthcare system. More than 85,000 Massachusetts veterans have received care at a VA facility.
More than 55 percent of Massachusetts veterans are 65 years or older; almost 6 percent are military retirees.
Let the Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD Team Fight for the Benefits You Deserve
At Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD, our VA disability attorneys fight for the benefits you deserve after a VA disability denial.
For a VA disability appeal to be successful, it must prove three things. One, that you have a current, diagnosed disability. Two, that there was a condition or specific event in your military service. Three, you must provide a “nexus” that links the two together.
You Have a Current, Diagnosed Disability
You must have a diagnosis from a healthcare professional of a current, disabling condition to receive VA disability benefits.
An Event, Injury, or Illness Happened in Your Military Service
Once we have proven you have a qualifying disability, we must show a specific event, injury, or illness in your military history caused or contributed to it. This event could be a combat mission, training exercise, or an accident that happened while in the military that led to your condition. It could also be exposure to toxic chemicals while serving in a certain location.
Providing a “Nexus”
A “nexus” is a link between your condition and the in-service event, injury, or illness. To thoroughly develop your case, we may seek an opinion from a qualified professional who can opine as to the nexus between your condition and your military service. For VA disability compensation purposes, the standard of proof in order to receive a favorable decision is “at least as likely as not” that the current condition is due to military service.
VA Disability Compensation Amounts
VA assigns each service-connected condition a rating from 0 to 100 percent based on its severity. This number is a disability rating. Then, VA uses a percentage formula to determine your combined rating. The higher your combined rating, the higher your benefit amount.
As of 2018, the current benefit amounts are:
- 10 percent disability rating: $136.24
- 20 percent: disability rating: $269.30
- 30 percent disability rating: $417.15
- 40 percent disability rating: $600.90
- 50 percent disability rating: $855.41
- 60 percent disability rating: $1,083.52
- 70 percent disability rating: $1,365.48
- 80 percent disability rating: $1,587.25
- 90 percent disability rating: $1,783.68
- 100 percent disability rating: $2,973.86
If You Cannot Work Because of Your Condition, Consider TDIU
To qualify for the maximum schedular amount, you typically must receive a VA disability rating of 100 percent. But if you cannot work because of your service-connected condition, a VA disability benefit called TDIU lets you receive 100 percent schedular disability benefits based on your inability to work.
Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU) compensates veterans who cannot work because of their service-connected conditions at the 100 percent disability rating benefit amount, even if their combined rating is less than 100 percent.
Call 800-544-9144 For a Free VA Disability Case Evaluation With Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD
Our team knows how to gather the right evidence to appeal a denied VA disability claim. At Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD, our VA disability attorneys serve veterans in Massachusetts. If you have been denied benefits, our goal is to get you the VA disability compensation you deserve. A veterans disability lawyer serving Massachusetts can help with your appeal.
For a free consultation with a member of our team, call our office at 800-544-9144.
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