Veteran (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Memphis, Tennessee
If you are a veteran living in or around Memphis, you may qualify for disability benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). If you applied and believe VA wrongly denied your claim, a veteran (VA) disability attorney serving Memphis, Tennessee from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help you build a case for appeal.
You can speak with a member of the Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD team today by calling (844) 549-4500. Our initial consultation to see if we can assist with your case is free.
VA Regional Benefit Office Serving Memphis, Tennessee
As there is not a VA regional office located in Memphis, the regional benefit office that serves much of Tennessee, including Memphis, is the Nashville Regional Benefit Office. You can visit this office in person for help filing your initial claim or to learn more about the eligibility requirements. However, since the nearly three-hour drive to the Nashville Regional Benefit Office from Memphis is too far for some to travel, it is important to note that you can also contact the office Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time by calling (800) 827-1000.
VA Medical Centers Serving Memphis, Tennessee
Knowing where you can receive medical care through VA is important if you believe you have a medical condition that could be service-connected and qualify you for VA disability benefits. Typically, you must have a current diagnosis from the appropriate healthcare professional in order to get service connected for your condition. In Memphis, you have local access to a VA medical center as well as three outpatient primary care clinics:
It is important to note that, while you must have a current diagnosis from a medical professional, it does not necessarily have to be from a VA doctor. VA accepts records from your private physician as well. This option is important if you do not qualify for VA medical care, or if you prefer to see a private doctor or a specialist for your condition.
It is imperative, however, that your doctor thoroughly and accurately document your condition in your medical records, and ensures there is medical evidence to support your diagnosis, as well as any treatment plan. These records will be crucial evidence in your claim for VA disability benefits.
Understanding VA Disability Compensation Qualifications
If you have a service-related medical condition that prevents you from participating in certain activities, continues to cause you pain, or prevents you from earning as much as you would otherwise be able to, you may be eligible for VA disability benefits, as well as other VA benefits.
Typically, a grant of service connection generally requires proof of three things:
- An in-service event, injury, or illness;
- A current diagnosis by a medical professional; and
- A medical nexus, or link, between your in-service event, injury, or illness and your current diagnosis.
In some cases, your service records from your branch of the military and your relevant medical records may be sufficient to document all three of these factors. There are two ways the VA employee or rating specialist who evaluates your claim gains access to these records:
- They request them, with your permission; or
- You submit them as part of your fully developed claim
Speak with a Veterans’ Advocate at CCK Today
A veteran (VA) disability attorney serving Memphis, Tennessee from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help you understand what happened with your initial claim, build a case to prove you meet the qualifications, or fight for a more accurate combined disability rating. If you believe you were wrongfully denied VA disability benefits, our team may be able to help. We use our knowledge and experience of VA disability claims to appeal wrongful benefit denials on behalf of our clients.
Call (844) 549-4500 to get started with your complimentary consultation.
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