Veteran (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving North Dakota
If you are living in North Dakota with a disabling condition due to an injury, illness, or event that occurred during your military service, you may be entitled to disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
If VA denied your claim for benefits, a veterans’ (VA) disability lawyer serving North Dakota may be able to help you appeal the decision and get you the benefits you deserve. Call Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD at 800-544-9144 today to schedule a free case evaluation.
North Dakota VA Resources
There are several VA facilities in North Dakota that provide resources for veterans, including a VA Medical Center, a Regional Office, and several Community Based Outpatient Clinics.
VA Medical Center
- Bismarck VA Clinic
- Devils Lake VA Clinic
- Dickinson VA Clinic
- Grafton VA Clinic
- Grand Forks VA Clinic
- Jamestown VA Clinic
- Minot VA Clinic
- North Fargo VA Clinic
- Williston VA Clinic
North Dakota VA Statistics
According to VA, as of 2019, North Dakota has:
- Over 46,000 veterans living in the state (9.25 percent of the state’s adult population)
- Over 12,000 residents receiving VA disability benefits
- Over 27,000 veterans in the VA health care system (over 19,000 have sought treatment at a VA medical center)
North Dakota’s veteran population includes 42 percent who are 65 years old or older, and 10 percent who served enough years in the military to reach full retirement.
How to Qualify for Disability Compensation in North Dakota
To qualify for disability benefits, veterans must have evidence of the three elements of service connection:
- An in-service event, injury, or illness;
- A current diagnosis of a disabling condition by a medical professional; and
- A nexus, or link, between the in-service event and current disability.
Some examples of evidence that can prove service connection include medical records, military service records, medical opinions from treating doctors, and lay evidence.
VA Disability Compensation Amounts
Once service connection is established, VA will assign veterans a disability rating between 0 and 100 percent. Veterans with a 0 percent rating will not receive monthly compensation but may qualify for other benefits, such as VA health care. Veterans who are deemed totally disabled are assigned a 100 percent rating, which offers the highest schedular disability 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 more and qualifying dependents are entitled to additional benefits.
Building a Compelling Appeal in North Dakota
If VA denied your claim for disability benefits, you have the option to appeal the decision in one of three ways:
- Request a Higher-Level Review of your current claim by a senior VA employee;
- Submit new and relevant evidence as part of a Supplemental Claim; or
- File a Notice of Disagreement with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
A Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving North Dakota may be able to help you file an appeal and gather evidence to show VA that you are indeed eligible for benefits.
How Much Can a Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Charge?
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. VA regulates who can represent a veteran and how much they can be paid under 38 CFR § 14.636.
It is important to note that if the veteran does not win any benefits, the attorney will not be paid. Additionally, accredited claims agents and attorneys cannot take a percentage of any future benefits the veteran may win.
Call CCK Today to Get Started
If VA denied your claim, the attorneys and claims agents at CCK serving North Dakota may be able to help you get the benefits you deserve. Call CCK today at 800-544-9144 to schedule your complimentary case evaluation.
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