Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Bennington, VT
If you are a veteran living in Bennington, Vermont with a disabling condition related to your active military duty, you may qualify for disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
If VA denied your disability claim, a Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving Bennington, Vermont may be able to help you appeal the decision and secure the compensation you deserve. Reach out today at 800-544-9144 for a free case review with a member of our team.
VA Resources in Bennington, Vermont
VA offers a variety of resources to veterans living in Bennington, VT and the surrounding areas, such as a VA Clinic and a Regional Benefit Office.
Bennington VA Clinic
The Bennington VA Clinic offers primary care and specialty health services to Bennington veterans. Specialty health services include mental health care, cardiology, radiology, laboratory and pathology, and more. To schedule an appointment or learn more about the service offered, veterans can call 802-440-3300.
The White River Junction Regional Office provides veterans living in Bennington, VT with claims assistance and other VA resources. Bennington veterans can schedule a virtual appointment through the Visitor Engagement Reporting Application (VERA).
How to Qualify for Disability Compensation in Bennington, VT
To secure disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans must have evidence of the following three things:
- An in-service event, injury, or illness;
- A current diagnosis of a disabling condition by a medical professional; and
- A nexus, or link, between the in-service event and current disability.
Once service connection is established, VA will assign a disability rating to your condition. Your combined disability rating (i.e., the combination of each individual VA rating using VA math) determines your monthly compensation amount.
As of December 1st, 2022 the VA disability rate benefit amounts are as follows:
- 0 percent disability rating: $0.00 per month
- 10 percent disability rating: $165.92 per month
- 20 percent disability rating: $327.99 per month
- 30 percent disability rating: $508.05 per month
- 40 percent disability rating: $731.86 per month
- 50 percent disability rating: $1,041.82 per month
- 60 percent disability rating: $1,319.65 per month
- 70 percent disability rating: $1,663.06 per month
- 80 percent disability rating: $1,933.15 per month
- 90 percent disability rating: $2,172.39 per month
- 100 percent disability rating: $3,621.95 per month
Veterans with a combined disability rating of 30 percent or higher and at least one qualifying dependent may receive additional compensation. Eligible dependents include:
- A spouse
- Children under the age of 18
- Children between the ages of 18 and 23 who are attending school
- A dependent parent
Appealing a VA Decision in Bennington, VT
If VA denied your claim for benefits, you can appeal the decision in one of three ways:
- Higher-Level Review: Request a review of your current claim by a senior VA employee;
- Supplemental Claim: Submit new and relevant evidence as part of a Supplemental Claim; or
- Notice of Disagreement: File a Notice of Disagreement with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA).
A Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD veterans (VA) disability attorney serving Bennington, VT may be able to help you with the appeals process.
Should I Get a Veterans (VA) Disability Attorney?
Veterans (VA) disability attorneys, such as the accredited attorneys and claims agents at CCK, can help you through the time-consuming and challenging process of developing an appeal and gathering relevant evidence.
The team at CCK has decades of experience representing veterans on appeal before VA, the BVA, and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). We may be able to put our resources and experience to work for you.
It is also important to note that VA regulates who may represent claimants in VA benefits cases and how much they can be paid under 38 CFR § 14.636. The lawyer or claims agent representing you must be accredited by VA. The accreditation process exists to ensure that veterans and their family members received skilled and informed representation throughout the VA appeals process.
How Much Can a Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Charge?
An accredited veterans (VA) disability attorney typically charges on a contingency basis, meaning they will take a previously agreed upon percentage of recovered retroactive benefits. If the veteran does not win any benefits, the attorney will not be paid. Veteran representatives are not allowed to charge fees based on any future benefits.
Fees equal to or below 20 percent are considered reasonable by VA, while anything above 33.3 percent is presumed unreasonable.
How CCK Can Help Veterans from Bennington, VT
If you are a veteran living in Bennington, VT with a service-related condition and VA denied your claim for benefits, a CCK veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving Bennington may be able to help. Call us today at 800-544-9144 to schedule your free case review.
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