Veterans Disability Lawyer Serving Utah

If you live in Utah and served in the military, you may be eligible to receive VA disability benefits. A veterans lawyer from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD  may be able to help you receive VA disability compensation.

If you previously applied for service-connected compensation and were denied, the next step is the appeals process. The veterans lawyers serving Utah at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to assist in this process. To speak with a member of our team, call 800-544-9144.

Utah VA Benefit Resources

Utah VA Regional Benefit Office

Utah VA Medical Centers

Utah VA Statistics

As of 2016, Utah has:

  • Approximately 136,000 veterans, comprising roughly 7 percent of the  population
  • More than 27,000 veterans who receive VA disability benefits
  • More than 58,000 veterans enrolled in VA’s health care system, including 36,000 who have received treatment at a VA health care center
  • 46 percent of veterans ages 65 and older, and more than 13 percent are military retirees

How to Receive VA Disability Benefits in Utah

At Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD, our team of veterans lawyers serving Utah is committed to helping veterans pursue VA disability benefits.

In order to receive VA disability benefits, your claim for service-connected compensation must demonstrate three things.

First, you must demonstrate that you have a current diagnosis that meets VA’s definition of a qualifying disability.  Second, you must prove that a specific event, injury, or illness occurred during your military service. Lastly, you must establish a “nexus” between these two.

Diagnosis of a Current Condition

First, you must demonstrate that you are currently diagnosed with a condition.

An Event, Injury, or Illness Occurred During Your Military Service

Second, you must establish that an event, injury, or illness occurred during your military service. For instance, you may have been exposed to toxic chemicals, or you may have experienced an injury during a training exercise.

A Nexus Between the Event and Your Disability

Finally, you must demonstrate a “nexus,” or a connection between the event in your service and your current diagnosis. An opinion from a medical professional may help establish this connection. To provide a positive nexus opinion, a qualified medical professional must state it is “at least as likely as not” that your current condition contributed to or was caused by the event.

VA Disability Compensation Levels

Your combined VA disability rating is based on the severity of your service-connected conditions. This rating ranges from 0 to 100 percent, in increments of 10, and determines your monthly compensation.

As of 2020, VA’s disability compensation levels are:

  • 0 percent disability rating: $0.00 per month
  • 10 percent disability rating: $142.29 per month
  • 20 percent disability rating: $281.27 per month
  • 30 percent disability rating: $435.69 per month
  • 40 percent disability rating: $627.61 per month
  • 50 percent disability rating: $893.43 per month
  • 60 percent disability rating: $1,131.68 per month
  • 70 percent disability rating: $1,426.17 per month
  • 80 percent disability rating: $1,657.80 per month
  • 90 percent disability rating: $1,862.96 per month
  • 100 percent disability rating: $3,106.04 per month

While the highest schedular amount of monthly compensation is just under $3,000, you may be eligible for additional benefits if you are living with qualified dependents, such as your spouse, children under 18 or children between 18 and 23 in school, or dependent parents. In order to qualify for dependency benefits, you must have a combined disability rating of 30 percent or higher.

What if I Cannot Afford a VA Disability Lawyer Serving Utah

If you are concerned about hiring a veterans lawyer because of potential cost, please keep in mind that at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD, we work on a contingency basis. This means that we do not get paid until you do.

Speak With a Member of the Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD Team

A veterans disability lawyer serving Utah at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help you pursue VA disability benefits.

To speak to a member of our team, call 800-544-9144.