Veteran (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Ohio
If you applied for veterans disability benefits and recently received a denial, you might feel as though you have nowhere to turn. However, you are not alone. The team of veterans lawyers at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD focuses on helping veterans get the VA disability benefits they deserve. To see how a VA disability lawyer serving Ohio can help you, call us today for a free consultation: 800-544-9144.
Ohio VA Benefit Resources
Ohio VA Regional Benefit Offices
Cleveland: Cleveland Regional Benefit Office
Ohio VA Medical Centers
|Chillicothe||Chillicothe VA Medical Center|
|Cincinnati||Cincinnati VA Medical Center|
|Cleveland||Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center|
|Columbus||Chalmers P. Wylie Ambulatory Care Center|
|Dayton||Dayton VA Medical Center|
Ohio VA Statistics
As of 2016, Ohio has:
- Nearly 800,000 veterans living in the state (more than nine percent of the state’s adult population)
- Nearly 129,000 state residents receiving VA disability benefits
- Over 341,000 veterans currently enrolled in the VA health care system (235,000 who sought treatment at a VA medical center)
Of all veterans living in Ohio, approximately 48.5 percent are 65 years or older, and 5.9 percent are military retirees (i.e., veterans who have served enough time to collect full military retirement).
How to Obtain VA Disability Benefits in Ohio
Even with a valid diagnosis of a disabling condition, you might face several challenges or even a denial in your quest to receive a grant of disability benefits from the VA. Our veterans advocates understand the VA system and can help you file a successful appeal and obtain the benefits you deserve for serving your country.
To put together a winning appeal for disability benefits, our team will work to accomplish the following:
- Provide evidence of an event, injury, or illness that occurred during active duty military service;
- Provide documentation of a currently diagnosed, disabling condition by a qualified medical professional; and
- Demonstrate that the specific event, illness, or injury in your military service caused or contributed to the medical condition in question.
The final listed item is known as a “nexus” and this must be established in order to get approval for your claim.
This is known as a direct connection. In some cases, we cannot establish a direct connection. If this occurs, we can determine whether secondary service connection is possible. This involves establishing that the condition in question stemmed from another service-connected condition.
To establish direct or secondary service connection, we gather evidence that might include your military history, medical records, doctor statements, and testimony from medical experts.
VA Disability Compensation Levels
Once we establish sufficient evidence of your service-related disability, we can focus on ensuring that the VA understands the severity of your condition(s). The severity of your disability(s) determine your individual disability ratings, which combine to equal your “combined disability rating” — the rating that determines your monthly compensation benefit.
Your disability rating could range from 0 to 100 percent, the higher the better, a 0 percent rating qualifying you for no monthly compensation but possible ancillary benefits (e.g., health care), and a combined 100 percent rating signifying full disability and making you eligible for the highest schedular amount of disability compensation.
As of December 1st, 2020 the VA disability rate benefit amounts are as follows:
- 0 percent disability rating: $0.00 per month
- 10 percent disability rating: $144.14 per month
- 20 percent disability rating: $284.93 per month
- 30 percent disability rating: $441.35 per month
- 40 percent disability rating: $635.77 per month
- 50 percent disability rating: $905.04 per month
- 60 percent disability rating: $1,146.39 per month
- 70 percent disability rating: $1,444.71 per month
- 80 percent disability rating: $1,679.35 per month
- 90 percent disability rating: $1,887.18 per month
- 100 percent disability rating: $3,146.42 per month
A combined 30 percent rating or higher qualifies you for additional benefits if you have dependents in your household. This might refer to your spouse, your children, or dependent parents.
Call 800-544-9144 for a Free Consultation with a VA Disability Lawyer.
The team at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD cares about those who have served our country, which is why we focus our practice on VA disability law. We want to help you get the benefits you deserve. To learn more about what we can do for you, call 800-544-9144 today.
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