Veteran (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Troy, New York
You may qualify for VA benefits if you served in the Armed Forces and currently live in Troy, New York. However, even if you believe you qualify, you could receive a denial from the VA. In this situation, it does not necessarily mean that you will be unable to secure disability benefits.
You have the right to file an appeal challenging a VA decision regarding your benefits. The experienced team of veteran (VA) disability attorneys serving Troy, New York at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to assist you with your appeal. Get started with a free initial case review by calling us at (800) 544-9144.
VA Benefit Resources Serving Troy, NY
You may have access to a several VA medical facilities in or around Troy. The city is located close to a major medical center, as well as several smaller clinics. There are also two regional benefit offices in the state of New York that may handle the processing of your VA claim.
VA Regional Benefit Offices Serving Troy, NY
VA Medical Centers Serving Troy, NY
- Troy VA Clinic
- Samuel S. Stratton Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
- Clifton Park VA Clinic
- Schenectady VA Clinic
- Bennington VA Clinic
- Pittsfield VA Clinic
- Catskill VA Clinic
- Fonda VA Clinic
- Glen Falls VA Clinic
- Eastern Dutchess VA Clinic
Troy Veteran Statistics
According to the NYS Health Foundation, the state of New York has the fifth largest population of veterans in the U.S. There are over 800,000 veterans who make their homes in New York state. Many of these individuals depend upon VA benefits as they deal with their medical conditions.Veterans are part of many different age groups in Troy. Approximately half of the veterans in New York are over the age of 65. Only 8 percent are under the age of 35. Regardless of your age, you may want assistance appealing your claim if you receive a denial from the VA.
Components of an Appeal for VA Benefits
There are a few major components that you must consider when applying for VA disability benefits. Your claim may only be approved if you meet the standards set by VA. Generally, you must demonstrate that:
You Are Dealing with a Current Medical Condition
You may only qualify for disability compensation if you are dealing with a current medical condition that prevents you from working or completing the tasks of daily living. Tasks of daily living may include cleaning your house or cooking a meal. You will need a licensed physician to diagnose your condition, whether that be a private doctor or a VA examiner. You may have to provide VA with:
- A written statement from your doctor
- The results of medical assessments
You Experienced an In-Service Event, Injury, or Illness
In order to qualify for VA benefits, you must have experienced an in-service event, illness, or injury. You must have experienced something while serving in the military that had a lasting impact on your physical well-being, leading you to develop your current condition. These in-service events can happen at any point during your service, including during live combat or training exercises.
Your Current Condition and In-Service Event Are Connected
Finally, your appeal may only be approved if you can connect your current health condition to an in-service event, injury, or illness in what is called a medical nexus, or link. This connection must be established before you may receive a grant of benefits from VA.
Focus on VA Combined Disability Rating in Troy
If granted service connection, the amount of monthly disability compensation you receive will depend upon your combined disability rating. VA assesses your condition(s) and assigns you a disability rating based on the severity and impact of your symptoms of your daily life. Multiple ratings will be combined to form a combined disability. Depending upon your rating, you may receive anywhere from zero to several thousand dollars per month.
Veterans rated at 30 percent or higher may be eligible for additional compensation if they have dependent children, parents, or a spouse.
Consider Individual Unemployability
Some veterans in Troy may be eligible for individual unemployability coverage (TDIU), as explained by VA here: VA Individual Unemployability If You Can’t Work. This coverage may provide you with compensation at the 100 percent level if you are unable to find or keep gainful employment.
Individual unemployability coverage allows you to receive the highest possible amount of VA disability compensation, even though your combined disability rating does not equal 100 percent. A veteran’s advocate serving Troy may be able to help you determine if you meet the criteria for TDIU eligibility.
Contact VA Disability Attorney Serving Troy, NY
The experienced veterans advocates at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to assist you. Reach out to us if you received a denial on your VA disability benefits claim. We may be able to go over your initial claim and formulate a strong appeal. Work with a veteran (VA) disability attorney serving Troy to get the benefits you deserve.
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