Veteran (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Are you a disabled veteran near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania? If your disability was the result of an illness or injury that occurred while you were on active duty service with our military, you may be entitled to disability benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Unfortunately, the claims process is complex, and claims are often denied because of easily overlooked errors or insufficient evidence proving your disability. A denial can leave you frustrated, overwhelmed, and unsure of where to turn for help.
If your VA disability claim has been denied, you are not alone. Our experienced team of veteran (VA) disability lawyers serving Gettysburg has worked on many cases like yours and may be able to help you understand your denial. Call Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD today at (844) 549-4500 for a free, no-risk consultation.
VA Regional Benefit Office Serving Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
5000 Wissahickon Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19144
VA Medical Centers Serving Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
3110 Hamilton Blvd.
Allentown, PA 18103
5070 Ritter Road
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
1700 S. Lincoln Ave.
Lebanon, PA 17042
1101 Opal Court
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Building a Strong Case for Appealing a VA Benefits Claim Denial
In order to appeal the decision of the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding your VA disability benefits, you must first build a strong case that clearly proves that you suffer from a disabling medical condition that stems from your time in service. But you do not have to go through the process alone. Our legal team has worked on many cases like yours and can help you gather the necessary evidence to build a strong appeals case.
We may first review your medical history, including your laboratory reports and statements from your doctors, to show you have a disability that changes the way you live your life. We may then review your military records and talk with your friends, family, and those with whom you served to show that your medical condition was the result of an event, illness, or injury that occurred while you were serving your country.
How VA Determines Compensation for Veterans
VA assigns disability ratings to determine the compensation rate to which a veteran is entitled. Ratings are expressed as percentages that represent the extent of your disability and its impact on your ability to function.
The number that VA assigns can range from 0 to 100 percent, with 0 percent qualifying you for benefits like healthcare, but no additional monthly compensation. You must be at least 10 percent disabled to qualify for any tax-free monthly compensation, according to VA. If you are at least 30 percent disabled, you may qualify for additional compensation if you have dependents such as a spouse, children, or parents living in your home.
A disability rating is based on the evidence that you provide to VA, including medical reports from your doctor, lab results, or the results of your VA claim exam, known as compensation and pension exam.
As of December 2019, VA disability compensation levels are:
- 0% disability rating: $0.00 per month
- 10% disability rating: $142.29 per month
- 20% disability rating: $281.27 per month
- 30% disability rating: $435.69 per month
- 40% disability rating: $627.61 per month
- 50% disability rating: $893.43 per month
- 60% disability rating: $1,131.68 per month
- 70% disability rating: $1,426.17 per month
- 80% disability rating: $1,657.80 per month
- 90% disability rating: $1,862.96 per month
- 100% disability rating: $3,106.04 per month
Our VA Disability Lawyers Protect Your Rights
You have the right to have a lawyer represent you throughout the appeals process, ensuring that your documents are complete and that your claim includes the necessary evidence to prove your condition stems from your time in service.
Our highly experienced team has worked on many cases like yours, with great success. We know what steps to take to ensure that a claim is well documented and provides the required information to hopefully reverse a claim that was previously rejected or denied.
Our team may:
- Review your case and the reason for your denial to determine whether the reviewer, regional office, or Board of Veterans’ Appeals applied the law correctly.
- Review your medical history and military records to add additional, relevant evidence that supports your claim for benefits.
- Answer your questions and protect your rights throughout the process.
For a complimentary review of your contact Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD’s veteran (VA) disability team serving Gettysburg, PA today at (844) 549-4500.
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