If you live in Rhode Island and served on active duty in one of the branches of the United States military, you might qualify for disability compensation for an injury or illness you suffered as a result of that service. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs offers monthly compensation and other benefits, including health care, to veterans who became disabled due to their service.
Unfortunately, the process of receiving the benefits to which you are entitled is notorious for its difficulty. As many veterans discover upon applying, the VA is strict when it comes to approving disability applications, and many people with legitimate disabilities are shocked when they receive denials. A veteran (VA) disability lawyer in Rhode Island at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD can help you build a strong appeal to obtain the benefits you deserve.
For a free consultation, call 800-544-9144 today.
Rhode Island VA Benefit Resources
Rhode Island’s regional benefit office and medical center are both located in Providence.
Rhode Island VA Regional Benefit Office
Rhode Island VA Medical Center
Rhode Island VA Statistics
As of 2016, Rhode Island has:
- Over 65,000 veterans living in the state (nearly eight percent of its adult population)
- Over 12,000 veterans receiving disability compensation
- Nearly 28,000 veterans currently enrolled in the VA health care system (approximately 19,500 veterans enrolled have sought treatment at a VA medical center)
Rhode Island’s veteran population includes 53 percent who are 65 and over, and 8.3 percent who are military retirees.
How to Build a Compelling Appeal for VA Disability in Rhode Island
Winning a VA disability appeal in Rhode Island requires us to make a compelling case to the VA that you suffered an injury or illness during your military service that has caused or contributed to a current, diagnosed disability. As long as your condition directly resulted from a specific event, illness, or injury that occurred during your military service, you can qualify for benefits even if its effects did not show up until after your discharge from the military.
Establishing the condition resulted from your military service, known as a “nexus,” is vital, as the VA does not grant disability benefits for medical conditions that did not result from your military service.
Accordingly, we must establish this link by providing evidence of an event in your service that caused you to become injured or ill.
VA Disability Compensation Levels
Another important consideration involves your combined disability rating. This combined rating, assigned by the VA when it grants you disability benefits, determines the level of compensation you will receive each month.
Our attorneys want to ensure you receive the disability benefits warranted by the severity of your disabilities, and so we help you put together a strong appeal that illuminates the full extent of your disability.
The VA benefits schedule, as of December 31, 2018, is:
- 10 percent disability rating: $140.05 per month
- 20 percent disability rating: $276.84 per month
- 30 percent disability rating: $428.83 per month
- 40 percent disability rating: $617.73 per month
- 50 percent disability rating: $879.36 per month
- 60 percent disability rating: $1,113.86 per month
- 70 percent disability rating: $1,403.71 per month
- 80 percent disability rating: $1,631.69 per month
- 90 percent disability rating: $1,833.62 per month
- 100 percent disability rating: $3,057.13 per month
If you receive a disability rating of 30 percent or higher, you are eligible for additional compensation for your spouse, children, and dependent parents.
Our Attorneys Are Here to Help You Win the Benefits You Deserve! Call 800-544-9144 for a Free Consultation.
You served our country with honor. If you developed a disability in the process, you deserve benefits, and we want to make sure you receive them. Our Rhode Island veterans advocates are here to help with any VA issue you have. For a free consultation, call 800-544-9144 today.
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