Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Omaha, Nebraska
If you are a veteran living in Omaha, Nebraska with a disabling condition, you may be eligible for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability benefits.
If you already applied for benefits but VA denied your claim, a Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving Omaha, Nebraska may be able to help you appeal the decision.
Call CCK today at 800-544-9144 to schedule a complimentary case review.
VA Facilities Serving Veterans in Omaha, Nebraska
There are several VA resources serving veterans in Omaha, Nebraska, such as a VA Medical Center, a Regional Office, and a Vet Center.
VA Medical Center
The Omaha VA Medical Center offers a variety of services to veterans living in Omaha, Nebraska. These include audiology, express care, eye care, mental health care, palliative care, nutrition, and more. It also offers other programs, such as college outreach, medical foster homes, Veterans Justice Outreach, and Whole Health.
The Omaha VA Medical Center provides a phone directory for veterans looking to learn more about a specific service or to schedule an appointment.
VA Regional Office
Veterans seeking information about VA benefits, such as disability compensation, pension, education, and home loans, can contact the Lincoln Regional Office at 800-827-1000.
The Lincoln Regional Office also offers outreach hours at co-locations. The Omaha VA Medical Center, one of the co-locations, provides Regional Office services on Tuesdays.
Securing Disability Benefits in Omaha, Nebraska
VA offers disability compensation to disabled veterans who meet the three elements of service connection. These are:
- Evidence of an in-service event, injury, or illness;
- A current diagnosis of a disabling condition by a medical professional; and
- A medical opinion, or nexus, linking the in-service event and the current disabling condition.
Providing a nexus is essential to securing VA disability compensation. A medical professional can write a nexus opinion for a veteran’s claim, or VA may schedule a Compensation and Pension (C&P) exam to determine if service connection is “at least as likely as not.”
Once service connection is established, VA will assign a disability rating – ranging from 0 to 100 percent and increasing in severity by increments of 10 – to the veteran’s service-connected condition. If a veteran has multiple service-connected disabilities, VA will combine the individual ratings using VA math. This combined disability rating will then determine a veteran’s monthly compensation amount.
What Benefits Does a 100% Disabled Veteran Get in Omaha, Nebraska?
A 100 percent disabled veteran receives the highest monthly disability benefit from VA. As of December 1, 2021, this means $3,332.06 per month.
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
Veterans may also receive additional compensation if they have at least a 30 percent rating and qualifying dependents, such as:
- A spouse
- Children under the age of 18
- Children between the ages of 18 and 23 who are attending school
- A dependent parent
How to Appeal a VA Decision in Omaha, Nebraska
There are currently three ways to appeal for service connection or an increased rating. These include:
- Requesting a Higher-Level Review of your current claim by a senior VA employee;
- Submitting new and relevant evidence as part of a Supplemental Claim; or
- Filing a Notice of Disagreement with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
Each appeal lane has its advantages and disadvantages, and a veterans (VA) disability lawyer can help you decide which lane best fits your situation. The attorneys at CCK serving Omaha, Nebraska may be able to assist you in filing an appeal or even represent you before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
How Much Can a Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Charge?
VA regulates who can represent a veteran and how much they can be paid under 38 CFR § 14.636. Fees equal to or below 20 percent are considered reasonable by VA, while anything above 33.3 percent is presumed unreasonable.
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. Representatives are not allowed to charge fees based on any future benefits.
How CCK Can Help with Your Appeal
If you are a veteran living in Omaha, Nebraska and VA denied you compensation for your service-related disability, a CCK veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving Omaha may be able to help. The team of experienced veterans’ advocates at CCK are dedicated to helping veterans win the VA compensation they rightfully deserve.
Call CCK today 800-544-9144 for a free consultation.
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