Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Missoula, Montana
Are you a veteran living in Missoula, Montana with a disabling condition related to your military service? If so, you may be eligible for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation.
If VA denied your claim for disability benefits, you have the option to file an appeal. A Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving Missoula, Montana may be able to help.
Reach out to CCK today at 800-544-9144 to schedule a complimentary consultation.
VA Resources Serving Missoula, Montana
There are several VA resources available to veterans living in the Missoula, Montana area. These include a Community Based Outpatient Clinic, a Regional Office, and more.
The David J. Thatcher VA Clinic in Missoula, Montana offers several health care services, including primary care; mental health care; addiction and substance abuse care; laboratory and pathology services; physical therapy, occupational therapy, and kinesiotherapy; social work; and more.
To learn more or schedule an appointment, veterans can reach out to the Community Based Outpatient Clinic at 406-393-3700.
The Fort Harrison Regional Office administers multiple VA services for veterans, including disability compensation, loan guaranty, pension, and veteran readiness and employment programs. It also offers counseling about eligibility for VA disability benefits and information about VA health care.
The Fort Harrison Regional Office can be reached at 800-827-1000.
How to Get Disability Compensation in Missoula, Montana
Generally, to secure disability compensation in Missoula, Montana, veteran need to have evidence of the following three things:
- An in-service event, injury, or illness;
- A current diagnosis of a disabling condition by a medical professional; and
- A nexus, or link, between the in-service event and disability.
If a veteran meets these three elements of service connection, VA will assign a disability rating to their service-connected condition. Disability ratings range from 0 to 100 percent, increasing in severity by increments of 10 (i.e., 0 percent, 10 percent, 20 percent, etc.).
Each disability rating correlates to a monthly benefit amount. As of December 1st, 2021, the VA disability compensation rates are as follows:
As of December 1st, 2021 the VA disability rate benefit amounts are as follows:
- 0 percent disability rating: $0.00 per month
- 10 percent disability rating: $152.64 per month
- 20 percent disability rating: $301.74 per month
- 30 percent disability rating: $467.39 per month
- 40 percent disability rating: $673.28 per month
- 50 percent disability rating: $958.44 per month
- 60 percent disability rating: $1,214.03 per month
- 70 percent disability rating: $1,529.95 per month
- 80 percent disability rating: $1,778.43 per month
- 90 percent disability rating: $1,998.52 per month
- 100 percent disability rating: $3,332.06 per month
What Benefits Does a 100% Disabled Veteran Get in Missoula, Montana?
In addition to the $3,32.06 per month from VA, a 100 percent disabled veteran may also qualify for the following benefits:
- Medical, dental, and mental health care from VA’s Health Care Priority Group 1
- A grant from VA to help build, modify, or buy a specially adapted home to meet a veteran’s needs
- Military identification cards
- Emergency care outside of VA
- State-offered benefits (e.g., vehicle registration)
- And more.
Appealing a VA Decision in Missoula, Montana
There are currently three ways to appeal a VA decision:
- A Higher-Level Review: Request a review of your current claim by a senior VA employee;
- A Supplemental Claim: Submit new and relevant evidence as part of a supplemental claim; or
- A Notice of Disagreement: File a Notice of Disagreement with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
A Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving Missoula, Montana may be able to assist you with the appeal process. We can recommend the best avenue for your unique situation and may be able to help you gather any additional evidence needed.
How Much Can a Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Charge?
An accredited veterans (VA) disability attorney typically charges on a contingency basis, meaning they will take a previously agreed upon percentage of recovered retroactive benefits. Essentially, representatives will only be paid if the veteran secures VA compensation. It is important to note that veterans (VA) lawyers are not allowed to charge fees based on any future benefits.
Fees equal to or below 20 percent are presumed reasonable by VA, and anything above 33.3 percent is considered unreasonable.
How CCK Can Help Missoula Veterans
If VA denied your claim, a Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD veterans (VA) lawyer serving Missoula, Montana may be able to help you successfully appeal the decision and get the benefits you deserve.
Call us today at 800-544-9144 for a free consultation.
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