Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Manchester, NH
If you are U.S. military veteran living in Manchester, New Hampshire and suffering from a service-related disabling condition, you may be eligible for disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
If VA denies your claim for disability compensation, you have the option to appeal the decision and fight for the benefits you deserve. A Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving Manchester, NH may be able to help you with this process. Call CCK today at 800-544-9144 for a free case review with a member of our team.
VA Facilities in Manchester, New Hampshire
Veterans living in the city of Manchester, New Hampshire have access to several VA facilities, including a VA Medical Center and a VA Regional Office.
VA Medical Center
The Manchester VA Medical Center offers primary care, mental health care, long-term nursing care, palliative and hospice care, optometry, prosthetics, acupuncture, telehealth, and more services. Veterans can learn more about services provided and how to register for care by visiting Manchester VA Medical Center website or calling 603-624-4366.
The Manchester Regional Office administers a variety of VA services, such as disability compensation, insurance, education programs, loan guaranty, Veterans Readiness and Employment, and pension. The Regional Office also provides counseling about eligibility and how to apply for VA benefits and other outreach programs.
Veterans can visit the Manchester Regional Office website to schedule a virtual or in-person appointment.
Getting VA Disability Benefits in Manchester, NH
VA extends disability compensation to veterans who show evidence of the three elements of service connection. These are:
- 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 current disability.
Once service connection is established, VA will assign a disability rating to your condition. If you have multiple conditions, each condition will receive its own rating. These ratings will then be added together using VA math to get a combined disability rating. Your combined disability rating will determine your monthly compensation amount.
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, 2022 the VA disability rate benefit amounts are as follows:
- 0 percent disability rating: $0.00 per month
- 10 percent disability rating: $165.92 per month
- 20 percent disability rating: $327.99 per month
- 30 percent disability rating: $508.05 per month
- 40 percent disability rating: $731.86 per month
- 50 percent disability rating: $1,041.82 per month
- 60 percent disability rating: $1,319.65 per month
- 70 percent disability rating: $1,663.06 per month
- 80 percent disability rating: $1,933.15 per month
- 90 percent disability rating: $2,172.39 per month
- 100 percent disability rating: $3,621.95 per month
Additional VA Benefits for Dependents
Veterans with a combined disability rating of 30 percent or higher may receive additional compensation from VA for each qualifying dependent. 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
How to Appeal a VA Decision in Manchester, NH
There are three ways to appeal a VA decision under the Appeals Modernization Act (AMA) system:
- Higher-Level Review: Request a review of your current claim by a senior VA employee;
- Supplemental Claim: Submit new and relevant evidence as part of a Supplemental Claim; or
- Notice of Disagreement: File a Notice of Disagreement with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
Should I Get a Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer?
A veterans (VA) disability attorney can help you choose the best appeal lane for your unique situation. They can also utilize their knowledge and experience to assist you throughout the entire appeals process and ensure that you receive the VA benefits you deserve.
When choosing representation for your case, it is important choose a VA-accredited attorney or claims agent. VA-accredited representatives are individuals recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as legally authorized and capable of assisting claimants in pursuit of VA benefits.
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.
A veterans (VA) disability lawyer will typically charge on a contingency basis, meaning they will only take a previously agreed upon percentage of recovered retroactive benefits. If the veteran does not win any benefits, the attorney will not be paid. Accredited veterans’ advocates and attorneys cannot take a percentage of any future benefits the veteran may win.
Fees equal to or below 20 percent are considered reasonable by VA, while anything above 33.3 percent is presumed unreasonable.
How CCK Can Assist Manchester, NH Veterans
Did VA deny you benefits on your disability claim? If you believe you are entitled to VA compensation for your service-related disabling condition, call CCK today at 800-544-9144 for a free consultation. Our experienced veterans’ advocates know how to navigate the complicated VA system and may be able to help you develop a successful appeal.
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