Veteran (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Patchogue, New York
If the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) denied your claim for disability benefits, or you believe your disability rating does not accurately reflect the severity of your medical condition, a veteran (VA) disability lawyer serving Patchogue, New York may be able to assist you. A legal representative may also be able to construct an appeal on your behalf, helping you to collect strong evidence to create a compelling argument for a grant of benefits.
The veterans’ advocates at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD have been fighting to protect the rights of American veterans for decades. Call us at (800) 544-9144 for a complimentary initial consultation.
VA Benefit Offices Serving Patchogue, NY
- New York Regional Office at Northport VAMC
- New York Regional Office at Hicksville Vet Center
- Hartford, CT, Regional Benefit Office (Outbased-VAMC West Haven)
VA Medical Centers and Clinics Serving Patchogue, NY
- Patchogue VA Clinic
- Bay Shore VA Clinic
- Northport VA Mobile Clinic
- Riverhead VA Clinic
- East Meadow VA Clinic
- Stamford, CT, VA Clinic
- West Haven, CT, VA Medical Center
- Errera VA Clinic, CT
Appealing a Denial of VA Disability Benefits
If you disagree with either with VA’s decision on your claim or with the rating you were assigned based on your medical condition, you have the right to appeal the decision. Under the Appeals Modernization Act (AMA), you have three options for appealing VA’s decision:
- Request a Higher-Level Review by a more senior VA employee;
- File a Supplemental Claim in which you may submit and new and relevant evidence; or
- File a Notice of Disagreement directly with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
It is important to note that you have one year from the date of your denial notice to file an appeal. A veterans’ advocate from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help you choose the appeal option that is best-suited to your case.
Establishing Service Connection
A veteran (VA) disability lawyer serving Patchogue, New York may be able to help you understand why your claim was denied or help you build a strong appeal to challenge VA’s decision.
In order to receive a grant of disability benefits from VA, a veteran must be able to provide evidence of the following three requirements:
- A current diagnosis of your medical condition by an accredited medical professional;
- An injury, illness, or event that occurred during your military service; and
- A “nexus,” or medical link, connecting your currently diagnosed condition to the in-service injury, illness, or event you experienced.
The veterans’ advocates at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD have experience helping veterans navigate VA’s claims and appeals processes. Call us today at (800) 544-9144 for a free initial case review.
VA Disability Compensation Levels
If VA grants you service connection for your condition(s), you will be assigned a rating based on the severity of your symptoms. The VA reviewer or rating specialist assigned to your claim will review your case and, according to the rating schedule for your disability, assign you a disability rating. If you are seeking service connection for more than one condition, your ratings will be grouped together in what is called a combined VA rating. Ratings are measured in percentages on a scale from 0 to 100, with 100 percent being totally disabled.
Typically, the more severe your symptoms, the higher the rating you will be assigned. The higher your rating, the greater the amount of monthly disability compensation you may receive.
While veterans with a rating of 0 percent will not receive any monthly compensation, they may still be entitled to receive other VA disability benefits, such as VA healthcare.
Work With a Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Patchogue, New York
Our veterans’ advocates may be able to help you with your disability benefits appeal. Call Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD at (800) 544-9144 for a free consultation to see if we can assist.
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