If you live in South Carolina and served in the military, you may be eligible for VA disability benefits. Unfortunately, some veterans are denied VA disability benefits when they initially file a claim for service-connected compensation.
A veterans lawyer serving South Carolina from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help you appeal this decision. Call us today at 800-544-9144 for a free evaluation.
South Carolina VA Benefit Resources
South Carolina VA Regional Benefit Office
- Columbia: Columbia Regional Benefit Office
South Carolina VA Medical Centers
South Carolina VA Outpatient Clinics
- North Charleston: Trident VA Clinic
South Carolina VA Statistics
As of 2016, South Carolina has:
- More than 400,000 veterans, comprising more than 10 percent of the state’s population
- Nearly 100,000 veterans who receive VA disability benefits
- More than 188,000 veterans enrolled in VA’s health care system, of which 133,000 have been treated at a VA health care center
- About 45 percent of veterans ages 65 and older, and 15-percent of whom are military retirees
How to Receive VA Disability Compensation in South Carolina
To receive VA disability benefits in South Carolina, you will have to prove to VA:
- You have a current, diagnosed condition.
- An event, injury, or illness occurred during your service.
- There is a “nexus” between the two.
A veterans lawyer from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD, may be able to help gather the evidence you need.
A Current, Diagnosed Condition
You must show VA that you have a current diagnosis of a disability from a qualified healthcare professional.
You Experienced an Event, Injury, or Illness During Service
You must also prove that an event, injury, or illness occurred during your service that caused or contributed to your current condition. Examples of this include injuries sustained either during combat or training exercises, or exposure to herbicides.
Providing a “Nexus”
A “nexus” is a connection between your current, diagnosed condition and the event, injury, or illness during your military service. A qualified medical professional must establish this link, by providing an opinion stating it is “at least as likely as not” that your condition is due to your military service.
VA Disability Compensation Levels
Your combined VA disability rating determines your monthly compensation. When VA grants service-connected compensation for a condition, it will assign a disability rating. This rating ranges from 0 to 100 percent.
Here are the monthly compensation amounts based on your combined rating as of 2018:
- 10 percent disability rating: $136.24 per month
- 20 percent disability rating: $269.30 per month
- 30 percent disability rating: $417.15 per month
- 40 percent disability rating: $600.90 per month
- 50 percent disability rating: $855.41 per month
- 60 percent disability rating: $1,083.52 per month
- 70 percent disability rating: $1,365.48 per month
- 80 percent disability rating: $1,587.25 per month
- 90 percent disability rating: $1,783.68 per month
- 100 percent disability rating: $2,973.86 per month
If you have a combined rating of 30 percent or higher, you can receive additional compensation for qualified dependents living in your household, including your spouse, children under the age of 18 or still in school, or dependent parents.
What if I Cannot Afford a VA Disability Lawyer Serving South Carolina?
If you are hesitant to hire a VA disability attorney because you are worried about the expense, please keep in mind that we work on a contingency basis. This means that we do not get paid until you get paid.
To Speak with a VA Disability Lawyer Serving South Carolina, Call Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD Today
Our dedicated team of veterans advocates serving South Carolina looks forward to hearing from you. Call 800-544-9144 for a free evaluation.
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