CCK Victory For Combat-Disabled Veteran
CCK recently negotiated a settlement agreement with the VA Office of General Counsel, on behalf of a combat-disabled veteran who suffered multiple shell fragment wounds in the Republic of Vietnam. VA had granted him service connection for multiple disabilities stemming from these shell fragment wounds. Years later, the veteran alleged that VA had erred in 1971 when it neglected to award a separate disability rating for a particular shell fragment wound injury. Both the regional office and then the Board denied his request for revision of the 1971 rating decision.
Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick offered to represent the veteran in an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. At Court, CCK successfully convinced VA to enter a settlement agreement to award a separate disability rating for the shell fragment wound injury. The settlement agreement requires VA to award a separate disability rating, effective from 1970 to the present time. CCK’s representation will result in the veteran receiving more than 40 years of retroactive compensation due to the clear and unmistakable error VA committed in 1971.