Veteran (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving New York City, New York
If you received a denial from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) for your benefits claim, you have the right to challenge the decision.
The appeals process can often be overwhelming, but our team of experienced veterans advocates are here to help you build a strong appeal demonstrating that your medical condition qualifies you for VA disability benefits.
For a complimentary consultation, call (800) 544-9144 to speak with with a veteran (VA) disability advocate serving New York City, New York.
New York City, New York VA Regional Benefit Office
New York Regional Office
245 W. Houston St.
New York, NY 10014
New York City, New York Benefit Offices
VA NY Harbor Health Care System—Manhattan Campus
423 East 23rd St., 2nd Floor Room 2207N
New York, NY 10010
VA Hudson Valley Health Care System—Montrose Campus
2094 Albany Post Road, Building 1 (Room 19A)
Montrose, NY 10548
Nassau Vet Center
970 South Broadway
Hicksville, NY 11801
New York City, New York VA Medical Centers
Manhattan VA Medical Center
423 East 23rd St.
New York, NY 10010
Thomas P. Noonan Jr. Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic
4103 Queens Blvd.
Sunnyside, NY 11104
Harlem VA Clinic
55 West 125th St.
Community Resource & Referral Center (CRRC)
11th Floor, Room 1101
New York, NY 10027
Bronx VA Mobile Clinic
130 West Kingsbridge Road
Bronx, NY 10468
Building a Case Appealing Your VA Disability Benefits Denial
To successfully appeal a denial of your benefits, you must first build a case proving that your condition qualifies you for VA compensation. To be eligible for benefits, you must have proof of:
- An in-service event, injury, or illness;
- A current diagnosis by a medical professional; and
- A medical nexus, or link, between your current condition and your in-service event, injury, or illness.
An In-Service Event, Injury, or Illness
To qualify for VA disability benefits, you must prove that an event occurred during service—whether it was an illness or an injury—that led to your current medical condition. While the specific instance does not require verification, you do have to show that your current health condition is directly related to your military service.
Current Medical Condition
You must also have a current medical condition that VA considers disabling. VA’s website provides a full list of health conditions, their symptoms, and the criteria you must meet. Medical records, laboratory reports, examination results, and statements from your physician or other medical experts are common types of evidence used to prove eligibility.
The third requirement refers to a medical opinion that links your health condition to the in-service event, illness, or injury. This medical opinion, which is typically presented in the form of a nexus letter, must apply specifically to you and your claim.
This professional opinion builds upon your medical history, military records, and the education and experience of the professional writing the letter. In order to receive a grant of benefits from VA, your doctor must determine that your condition is “at least as likely as not” a result of your military service.
Your Combined Disability Rating
Based on your medical records, physician’s statements, and other evidence provided, VA will rate your health condition. This determines the amount of compensation for which you may qualify. The rating, expressed as a percentage, can range from 0 to 100 percent, with 100 percent representing total disability.
Additionally, if you prove at least 30 percent disabled and have dependents such as a spouse, children, or parents living with you, you may qualify for additional compensation.
How a Veteran Disability Lawyer Serving New York City, New York, May Help
We understand that the often long and tedious nature of the appeals process can discourage veterans, but our team of veterans’ advocates wants to help you secure the benefits you deserve.
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