Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving New Hampshire
Did you serve in the U.S. military on active duty and later develop a disabling medical condition? If so, you may be entitled to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability benefits.
If you already applied for these benefits and VA denied your claim, a veterans disability lawyer serving New Hampshire at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick may be able to help you secure the compensation you need. For assistance with filing an appeal, call CCK today at 800-544-9144 for a free consultation.
New Hampshire VA Benefit Resources
There are several VA facilities in New Hampshire, including a VA Regional Benefit Office, a Medical Center, and four VA clinics.
VA Regional Benefit Office
VA Medical Center
- Conway VA Clinic
- Keene VA Clinic
- Littleton VA Clinic
- Portsmouth VA Clinic
- Somersworth VA Clinic
- Tilton VA Clinic
New Hampshire VA Statistics
As of 2016, New Hampshire has:
- Over 108,000 residents who are veterans (more than 10 percent of the state’s adult population)
- Over 19,000 veterans receiving disability compensation
- Over 44,000 veterans currently enrolled in the VA health care system (over 30,000 have sought treatment at a VA medical center)
Half of New Hampshire’s veterans are 65 years or older, and nearly nine percent of veterans are military retirees.
How to Get VA Disability Benefits in New Hampshire
To secure a grant of VA disability benefits in New Hampshire, veterans must have evidence of the following three elements of service connection:
- 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.
After establishing service connection, VA will typically assign a disability rating in the form of a percentage to your service-connected condition.
VA Disability Compensation Levels
Your combined disability rating (i.e., the combination of each individual ratings using VA math) determines your monthly compensation amount. The higher your combined VA disability rating, the higher your monthly compensation.
A combined VA disability rating can range from 0 to 100 percent in 10 percent increments. Veterans need a 10 percent rating or higher to receive monthly compensation, and a 100 percent rating qualifies veterans for the highest schedular benefit amount.
As of December 1st, 2023 the VA disability rate benefit amounts are as follows:
- 0 percent disability rating: $0.00 per month
- 10 percent disability rating: $171.23 per month
- 20 percent disability rating: $338.49 per month
- 30 percent disability rating: $524.31 per month
- 40 percent disability rating: $755.28 per month
- 50 percent disability rating: $1,075.16 per month
- 60 percent disability rating: $1,361.88 per month
- 70 percent disability rating: $1,716.28 per month
- 80 percent disability rating: $1,995.01 per month
- 90 percent disability rating: $2,241.91 per month
- 100 percent disability rating: $3,737.85 per month
If your combined disability rating is equal to 30 percent or higher, you may be eligible for additional benefits for your dependents (e.g., spouse, dependent children, and dependent parents).
Appealing a VA Decision
If VA denies your disability claim, there are three ways to appeal the decision:
- 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.
The veterans (VA) disability attorneys at CCK know how to gather evidence and present it in a way that reveals the full extent of your disability, helping you not only win your appeal, but also secure the highest possible compensation.
How Much Can a Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Charge in New Hampshire?
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. Veteran representatives are not allowed to charge fees based on any future benefits.
VA regulates how much a lawyer or agent 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.
Call CCK for Help with Your VA Disability Appeal
If VA denied your disability claim, a Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD veterans (VA) lawyer serving New Hampshire may be able to help you appeal the denial and secure the compensation you deserve. Call CCK today at 800-544-9144 to schedule a free case review.
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