Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Nebraska
Are you a U.S. military veteran living in Nebraska with an injury or illness related to your time in service? If so, you may be eligible for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability benefits.
If you filed a claim but VA denied you benefits, a Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving Nebraska may be able to help you appeal the decision.
For a free evaluation, call 800-544-9144 today.
Nebraska VA Benefit Resources
VA Regional Benefit Office
- Lincoln: Lincoln Regional Office
VA Medical Centers
- Lincoln: Lincoln VA Clinic
- Bellevue: Bellevue VA Clinic
- Gordon: Gordon VA Clinic
- Holdrege: Holdrege VA Clinic
- Norfolk: Norfolk VA Clinic
- North Platte: North Platte VA Clinic
- Scottsbluff: Panhandle of Nebraska Community Based Outpatient Clinic
- Sidney: Sidney VA Outpatient Clinic
Nebraska VA Statistics
As of 2016, Nebraska has:
- 133,000 veterans, making up 9.5 percent of the state’s population
- Almost 22,000 veterans who receive VA disability benefits
- More than 42,000 veterans enrolled in VA’s health care system
- More than 68,000 veterans who have received treatment at a VA health care center
About 47 percent of veterans aged 65 or older.
How to Win VA Disability Compensation in Nebraska
To receive VA disability benefits, you must show evidence of the following three things:
- A diagnosis of a current disability by a medical professional;
- An event, injury, or illness that occurred during military service; and
- A nexus linking the in-service event to the current, diagnosed disability
Obtaining a nexus, or link, between your current, diagnosed disability and the in-service event is essential to securing VA disability compensation. A qualified medical professional can supply a nexus letter indicating it is “at least as likely as not” that your current condition is due to military service.
VA Disability Compensation Amounts
VA does not require you to be totally disabled to qualify for compensation. Instead, VA assigns a disability rating, between 0 and 100 percent, based on the severity of your condition.
If you have multiple service-connected conditions, VA will combine your ratings using VA math. Your combined rating will then determine your monthly compensation amount. Veterans with a 100 percent disability rating receive the full benefit amount.
If you have qualifying dependents and a combined disability rating of 30 percent or higher, you may be eligible for additional benefits. Qualifying dependents include:
- A spouse
- Children under the age of 18
- Children between the ages of 18 and 23 who are attending school
- A dependent parent
Appealing a VA Decision in Nebraska
If VA denied you disability benefits on your claim, you have the option to submit an appeal. There are currently three ways appeal a VA decision:
- 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.
A veterans (VA) disability lawyers serving Nebraska from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help you choose which appeal lane best fits your individual situation.
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.
Typically, a veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving Nebraska will charge fees on a contingency basis, meaning they will take a previously agreed upon percentage of recovered retroactive benefits. If the veteran does not win any benefits, the attorney will not be paid. It is illegal to charge fees based on future benefits.
Fees equal to or below 20 percent are considered reasonable by VA, while anything above 33.3 percent is presumed unreasonable.
Call CCK Today for Help with Your Appeal
The CCK veterans (VA) disability lawyers serving Nebraska are committed to helping veterans get the benefits they deserve. If you are suffering from a service-related injury or illness, call CCK today at 800-544-9144 to schedule a complimentary consultation.
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