Veteran (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Devils Lake, ND
Are you a veteran living in Devils Lake, North Dakota with a service-related condition? Did you receive an unfavorable decision on your VA claim? If so, you have the right to file an appeal.
Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick may be able to help you appeal the Department of Veterans Affairs’ decision and secure the benefits you deserve. Our team of VA disability lawyers and claims advocates serving Devils Lake, North Dakota can help you gather supporting evidence, track your appeal, and make sure you meet all VA’s required deadlines. Reach out to CCK today at 800-544-9144 for a free case evaluation.
VA Locations Serving Devils Lake, North Dakota
The Devils Lake VA Clinic is an outpatient clinic that provides veterans with primary care, mental health care, laboratory, and pathology services. Veterans can learn more about what the clinic offers and how to schedule an appointment here.
The Fargo Regional Office serves veterans across North Dakota, including those in Devils Lake. 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 Get Disability Benefits in Devils Lake, ND
VA offers disability compensation as a tax-free monthly monetary benefit to qualifying veterans. Veterans who have one or more qualifying service-connected conditions may be eligible for this benefit. Generally, to qualify for VA disability compensation, you must have evidence of these three things:
- An in-service event, injury, or illness;
- A current diagnosis of a disabling condition by a medical professional; and
- A nexus, or link, between your in-service event and current disability.
There are different types of evidence that can be useful in proving these three elements of service connection. Some examples include:
- Service medical records
- Service personnel records
- Private and VA medical records
- Medical opinions for the veteran’s treating doctor
- Employment records (especially if the veteran is seeking Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability, or TDIU)
- Lay evidence(i.e., lay statements or buddy statements).
VA Compensation Monthly Rates
Once service connection is established, VA will assign you a disability rating ranging from 0 to 100 percent. Each rating correlates to a monthly compensation amount.
As of December 1st, 2022 the VA disability rate benefit amounts are as follows:
- 0 percent disability rating: $0.00 per month
- 10 percent disability rating: $165.92 per month
- 20 percent disability rating: $327.99 per month
- 30 percent disability rating: $508.05 per month
- 40 percent disability rating: $731.86 per month
- 50 percent disability rating: $1,041.82 per month
- 60 percent disability rating: $1,319.65 per month
- 70 percent disability rating: $1,663.06 per month
- 80 percent disability rating: $1,933.15 per month
- 90 percent disability rating: $2,172.39 per month
- 100 percent disability rating: $3,621.95 per month
Appealing a VA Decision in Devils Lake, ND
If VA denied your claim for disability compensation, there are currently three ways to appeal the decision:
- 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.
A Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD veterans (VA) disability attorney serving Devils Lake may be able to help you choose the appeal lane that best fits your situation.
Should I Get a Veterans (VA) Disability Attorney?
Since the VA appeals process can be very long and difficult to navigate, many veterans seek assistance from veterans disability attorneys. It can be very beneficial to have an experienced representative on your side.
VA representatives can help you gather supporting evidence (e.g., doctor’s reports, vocational evidence, lay statements, etc.). They can also file a claim or appeal on your behalf. Representatives are knowledgeable about the VA claims and appeals system and can track your claim or appeal, making sure you meet all VA’s required deadlines for submitting documents.
However, it is important to note that when selecting a representative to handle your appeal, you should make sure they are accredited by VA. VA-accredited attorneys or representatives are individuals recognized by VA as legally authorized and capable of assisting claimants in pursuit of benefits before VA.
CCK Offers Free Case Evaluations to Veterans
A Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving Devils Lake can help you fully pursue your claim and get the maximum possible benefits for your condition or situation. Our attorneys can also represent veterans before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
If VA denied your claim, reach out to CCK to schedule a free case evaluation to see if we may be able to help you. Call 800-544-9144 today.
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