Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Lincoln, Nebraska
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers compensation to Lincoln, Nebraska veterans who are disabled due to their military service.
If you filed a claim for disability benefits but VA denied you compensation, a Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving Lincoln, Nebraska may be able to help you appeal the decision.
If you have a service-related condition and believe you were wrongly denied benefits, reach out to CCK today at 800-544-9144 for a complimentary case review.
VA Resources Serving Lincoln, Nebraska
VA offers several resources to veterans in Lincoln, Nebraska, including a Regional Office, a VA clinic, and a Vet Center.
Lincoln Regional Office
The Lincoln Regional Office administers a variety of services for veterans in Lincoln and across Nebraska. These services include disability compensation, pension, education, fiduciary, veteran readiness and employment, home loans, and insurance.
Veterans can reach the Lincoln Regional Office by calling their VA benefits hotline at 800-827-1000.
Lincoln VA Clinic
The Lincoln VA Clinic offers primary care services to veterans living in the Lincoln, Nebraska area. It also provides behavioral health services, such as individual, group, and family counseling, as well as laboratory and prescription services.
Veterans can learn more or schedule an appointment by calling 402-489-3802.
Other VA Locations
Securing VA Benefits in Lincoln, Nebraska
To receive VA compensation, veterans must establish 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 diagnosed disability.
Once service connection is established, VA assigns a disability rating to the veteran’s condition. If a veteran has multiple conditions, each condition will receive an individual rating.
The ratings will then be added together (using VA math) to get a combined disability rating. This combined disability rating will determine the veteran’s monthly compensation rate.
VA Disability Compensation Rates
Disability ratings range from 0 to 100 percent and increase in severity by increments of 10. Each percentage correlates to a monthly payment amount.
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 Lincoln, Nebraska?
Besides the current base rate of $3,332.06 per month, 100 percent disabled veterans may qualify for additional benefits. These include:
- 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
- Special Monthly Compensation
- State-offered benefits (e.g., vehicle registration)
- Dependents Educational Assistance program
- Vocational and Rehabilitation and Employment Benefits for dependents
How to Appeal a VA Decision in Lincoln, Nebraska
If VA denied you disability compensation, there are three ways to appeal the decision under the Appeals Modernization Act (AMA):
- Higher-Level Review lane: Requesting a review of your current claim by a senior VA employee;
- Supplemental Claim lane: Submitting new and relevant evidence as part of a supplemental claim; or,
- Notice of Disagreement: Filing a Notice of Disagreement with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
A CCK veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving Lincoln, Nebraska may be able to assist you in choosing the best lane for your situation.
How Much Can a Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Charge?
If you are considering reaching out to a veterans (VA) attorney, it is important to know how much they typically charge. VA regulates who can represent a veteran and how much they can be paid under 38 CFR § 14.636.
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. Fees equal to or below 20 percent are considered reasonable by VA, while anything above 33.3 percent is presumed unreasonable. It is illegal to charge fees based on any future benefits.
How CCK Can Assist Veterans in Lincoln, Nebraska
Did VA deny you benefits on your disability claim? If you believe you are entitled to disability compensation for your service-related injury or illness, call CCK today at 800-544-9144 for a free consultation.
A CCK veterans (VA) disability lawyer may be able to help you secure the benefits you deserve.
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