Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving San Diego
If you have a medical condition related to your military service you may qualify for disability compensation through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD offers help with denied VA claims. If you previously applied for your veterans’ benefits and received a denial, a veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving San Diego, California can review your case for free to determine if we can help you. We help veterans in San Diego file appeals of their VA disability claim denials. Call us today at (800) 544-9144 to learn more.
San Diego Regional Office of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The San Diego Regional Office is on Rio San Diego Drive. VA claims are adjudicated at Regional Offices until cases are appealed up to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
You can reach the San Diego Regional Office at 800-827-1000. The San Diego Regional Office also has regular outreach events where staff is available to answer questions about VA benefits in communities throughout the region.
There are also VA Regional Offices in Los Angeles and Oakland.
Veterans Services Office in the County of San Diego
Those living in San Diego County can also find help through the county’s Office of Military & Veterans Affairs. The Office of Military & Veterans Affairs offers a number of locations throughout California with readily available information, assistance, and support.
If you require pre-discharge claims assistance, there are several options in San Diego. Intake sites include:
- The VA Pre-Discharge Center at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
- The Veterans Affairs Assistance Program at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD)
- The VA Pre-Discharge Center at Naval Base San Diego
- The Balboa Career Transition Center (BCTC) at the Naval Medical Center San Diego
Vocational rehabilitation and employment support for disabled veterans is available at the Balboa Career Transition Center and San Diego State University (SDSU).
San Diego VA Medical Center
Veterans in the San Diego area have the option to get a diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care at the San Diego VA Medical Center, or from their own private doctor. Located on La Jolla Village Drive in San Diego, this hospital has almost 300 beds and serves as the regional VA hospital for heart surgery and spinal cord injuries.
There are also six VA community clinics in and around San Diego that provide outpatient services for veterans. These are located in:
- Chula Vista
- Imperial Valley
- Mission Valley
- Sorrento Valley
A current diagnosis and medical nexus from a doctor may qualify you for VA disability benefits.
For veterans with mental health concerns, there is a VA-run inpatient residential rehabilitation program called The ASPIRE Center in San Diego. This is a 40-bed treatment facility focused particularly on supporting veterans who were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans who require other types of social and mental health support can visit the San Diego Vet Center at 2790 Truxtun Road, Suite 130.
Fighting a VA Disability Denial in San Diego
Filing an application for VA disability benefits is time-consuming. You will need to submit an application to the Department of Veterans Affairs along with documentation that proves the following:
- An in-service event, injury, or illness;
- A current diagnosis by a medical professional;
- A medical nexus or link between your in-service event, injury, or illness and your current diagnosis.
Meeting the three elements of service connection is critical to your claim, as each is required to receive a grant of benefits. If your claim has been denied, you have one year from the date of your denial notice to challenge it. We help our clients navigate the VA appeals process and build strong appeals.
The team at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD can identify, track, and meet critical claim deadlines on your behalf. A veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving San Diego, California may be able to help you understand your options.
Call (800) 544-9144 now to get started.
Types of Appeals
As of February 2019, there are four options available to veterans who wish to file an appeal. These options include:
- Requesting a Higher-Level review of your file by a senior rating specialist
- Filing a Supplemental Claim with new and relevant evidence
- File an appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals by submitting a Notice of Disagreement
Our team at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD helps our clients determine which lane is the best option for them based on their individual case. Call us today at (800) 544-9144 for a free consultation.
Talk to a VA Disability Lawyer Serving San Diego, California
If VA denied your initial claim for benefits, a veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving San Diego, California from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help. Call us today at (800) 544-9144 for a free consultation. Our team of experienced veterans disability lawyers and advocates may be able to help you.