Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Bismarck, ND
If you are a veteran living in Bismarck, North Dakota with a service-related disabling condition, you may qualify for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation. If you already filed a claim and VA denied you benefits, you have the option to appeal the decision.
A CCK veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving Bismarck, ND may be able to help you secure the compensation you deserve. Call CCK today at 800-544-9144 for your complimentary case review.
VA Facilities in Bismarck, North Dakota
There are several VA locations that offer helpful resources to disabled veterans living in Bismarck, ND. These include a VA Clinic and a Regional Benefit Office.
The Bismarck VA Clinic provides several medical services to qualifying veterans, including primary and mental health care. It also offers audiology, cardiology, dermatology, nutrition, and specialty care. The clinic can be reached at 701-221-9152.
The Fargo Regional Office serves veterans across North Dakota, including those in Bismarck. This office administers several VA services, such as disability compensation, Veterans Readiness and Employment, information about eligibility for VA benefits and VA health care, outreach programs, and more.
How to Secure VA Disability Compensation in Bismarck, ND
Before granting disability benefits to a veteran, VA usually requires evidence of the following three things:
- An in-service event, injury, or illness;
- A current diagnosis of a disability by a medical professional; and
- A nexus, or link, between the in-service event and current disabling condition.
Veterans must demonstrate that their current medical condition is either directly connected to, secondarily connected to, or aggravated by the in-service event. Private physicians, healthcare professionals, or VA doctors can provide nexus opinions as evidence of a connection.
Once service connection is established, VA will assign a disability rating, ranging from 0 to 100 percent, to the veteran’s condition. The more disabling the condition, the higher the rating. Each disability rating correlates to a monthly compensation amount.
As of December 1st, 2023 the VA disability rate benefit amounts are as follows:
- 0 percent disability rating: $0.00 per month
- 10 percent disability rating: $171.23 per month
- 20 percent disability rating: $338.49 per month
- 30 percent disability rating: $524.31 per month
- 40 percent disability rating: $755.28 per month
- 50 percent disability rating: $1,075.16 per month
- 60 percent disability rating: $1,361.88 per month
- 70 percent disability rating: $1,716.28 per month
- 80 percent disability rating: $1,995.01 per month
- 90 percent disability rating: $2,241.91 per month
- 100 percent disability rating: $3,737.85 per month
Veterans with a combined disability rating of 30 percent or higher and at least one qualifying dependent may receive additional compensation. Dependents can include:
- A spouse
- Children under the age of 18
- Children between the ages of 18 and 23 who are attending school
- A dependent parent
How to Appeal a VA Denial in Bismarck, ND
If VA denied your claim for disability compensation, you can choose one of three ways to file an appeal:
- Higher-Level Review: Request a review of your current claim by a senior VA employee;
- Supplemental Claim: Submit new and relevant evidence as part of a Supplemental Claim; or
- Notice of Disagreement: File a Notice of Disagreement with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
Should I Get a Veterans (VA) Disability Attorney?
Veterans (VA) disability attorneys can help with the time-consuming and challenging process of gathering evidence and developing an appeal.
A Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick veterans attorney serving Bismarck, ND can recommend the best appeals lane for your individual situation and assist you in developing a case. Our team knows the ins and outs of the VA appeals process. CCK also has decades of experience representing veterans before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC).
How Much Can a Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Charge?
If you are considering hiring a veterans’ attorney to help you appeal a VA decision, it is important to know how much it costs. VA regulates who can represent a veteran and how much they can be paid under 38 CFR § 14.636. An accredited veterans (VA) disability attorney typically charges on a contingency basis, meaning they will take a previously agreed upon percentage of recovered retroactive benefits. Fees equal to or below 20 percent are considered reasonable by VA, while anything above 33.3 percent is presumed unreasonable.
It is also important to note that lawyers or accredited claims agents can only charge fees based on recovered retroactive benefits. They are not allowed to take a percentage of any future benefits.
CCK Is Here to Help Bismarck Veterans
If you are suffering from a service-related disability but VA denied you benefits, a CCK veterans (VA) disability attorney serving Bismarck, ND may be able to help you secure the compensation you deserve. Call 800-544-9144 today to schedule a free consultation.
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