Veteran (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Grand Rapids, Michigan
Veterans of the U.S. military who have a medical condition related to their service may qualify for monthly disability benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). If you can show you have a service-related medical condition that affects your abilities and limits your income or activities, you may qualify for these benefits.
If you receive a denial, a veteran (VA) disability lawyer serving Grand Rapids, Michigan from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help. We will assist you in navigating the appeals process and help you build the strongest possible case.
Call (844) 549-4500 to speak with a member of the Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD team for free.
VA Regional Benefit Office Serving Grand Rapids, Michigan
The Detroit Regional Office handles VA disability claims for Grand Rapids and other areas in Michigan. While you will not likely need to go to this office in person to file your claim, submit evidence to support your claim, request a decision review, or file an appeal, it is likely where the rating specialist who will handle evaluating your claim works.
This facility does offer resources and education related to VA disability, including eligibility and application assistance. However, these resources are also available in Grand Rapids and other areas that may be much closer to home.
Grand Rapids, Michigan VA Facilities
You may be able to get assistance with your VA disability claim in Grand Rapids if you need:
- Information about eligibility
- To understand how combined disability ratings work
- Help gathering information for a fully developed claim
- Assistance filing your application
You can get information about VA benefits in Grand Rapids at the following locations:
- Grand Rapids Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Office, 110 Michigan St.
- Grand Rapids Vet Center, 2050 Breton Road Southeast, Suite 100
If you already filed a claim but received a denial, call (844) 549-4500. A veteran (VA) disability lawyer serving Grand Rapids, Michigan from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help you understand your options and take action to challenge a low combined disability rating or fight a denial of monetary benefits.
VA Medical Center Serving Grand Rapids, Michigan
If you qualify for VA medical care, you may be able to visit a VA doctor and receive a diagnosis or care at a VA clinic or medical center. You also have the option to visit a private physician for your diagnosis and care.
In addition, most VA clinics and VA medical centers have offices where you can learn more about VA disability qualifications and get help with your claim. Your options near Grand Rapids include:
- Century Avenue VA Clinic: a primary care facility at 620 Century Ave. Southwest, Suite 101 in Grand Rapids.
- Wyoming VA Clinic: a primary care facility at 5838 Metro Way Southwest in Wyoming, Michigan.
- Battle Creek VA Medical Center: a full-service VA medical center providing primary, specialty, and emergency services at 5500 Armstrong Road in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Appealing a Denial of VA Disability Benefits
If you believe VA has wrongly denied your claim for benefits, a veteran (VA) disability lawyer serving Grand Rapids, Michigan from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help. Our team has knowledge of VA disability rating criteria, the screening process, and the most common types of evidence. Our advocates work to help veterans like you appeal wrongful benefit denials and fight for the compensation they deserve.
Call (844) 549-4500 today for a free review of your case with a member of our team.
We may also be able to help if you receive a zero percent or other low combined disability rating and therefore do not receive much in the way of a grant for monthly benefits based on VA’s current compensation rates.
In order to be awarded a grant of benefits, veterans much provide proof of 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.
If VA denies your claim, you have one year from the date on your denial letter to file an appeal. Under the Appeals Modernization Act (AMA), veterans can now choose from three appeal lanes:
- File a Supplemental Claim with new and relevant evidence;
- Request a Higher-Level Review by a senior VA employee; or
- File a Notice of Disagreement with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals
Speak to a Veteran’s Advocate from Our Team About Your Benefits
If you received a denial of benefits based on your initial claim for VA disability or were awarded a low combined disability rating, you have the right to appeal VA’s decision.
A VA disability attorney serving Grand Rapids, Michigan from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help you secure the monthly monetary benefits you deserve based on your service and related injury or illness. Call us today at (800) 544-9144 for a complimentary consultation to see if we can assist.
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