While many veterans are aware of the scope of their injuries or health conditions while they are still serving in the military, others may develop medical issues that do not manifest until years after their service has ended.
There is no time limit to filing a claim for VA benefits, but being proactive and organized will most likely benefit you greatly in this process. Filing a claim for disability benefits and appealing that claim if you receive a denial can sometimes become complicated. These are issues we help our clients with every day at Chisholm, Chisholm & Kilpatrick. It’s important to understand the fundamentals of the process before you get started, and our team will be glad to review your case and help you explore your options.
Use All Available Evidence to Support Your Claim
The most common reason veterans’ disability claims are denied is the lack of sufficient evidence to prove the claim. Typically, there is not enough evidence of record to link the current disability to an event, injury, or condition in service. There is also the chance that perhaps an error was made in the processing of your claim, so be sure to read VA’s decision carefully.
You Have the Right To Appeal
If you’ve been denied, it’s possible that an appeal could have a positive outcome for you. Appealing a denial has various benefits, such as submitting additional evidence in support of your claim and preserving the date of your original claim as the effective date of any retroactive benefits, should you win your case.
If you have further questions about the disability claims process, or if you have been denied, contact Chisholm, Chisholm & Kilpatrick. With over 25years of representing veterans around the U.S., we have the experience to help you receive the benefits you deserve.
For immediate help, call us at 401-331-6300 or contact us online.