Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Randolph, VT
Are you a veteran living in Randolph, Vermont with a disabling condition related to your military service? If so, you may qualify for disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
If VA denied your disability claim, a Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving Randolph, Vermont may be able to help. We offer free consultations to veterans looking for assistance with their VA appeal. Call CCK today at 800-544-9144.
VA Resources in Randolph, Vermont
Although there are no VA facilities located in Randolph, VT, there are several VA clinics, a Medical Center, and a Regional Office within the state of Vermont. There are also virtual VA resources available to Randolph veterans.
VA Regional Office
The White River Junction Regional Office provides veterans living in Randolph, VT with claims assistance and other VA resources. Veterans can schedule a virtual appointment through the Visitor Engagement Reporting Application (VERA).
Other VA Facilities
- White River Junction: White River Junction VA Medical Center
- Bennington: Bennington VA Clinic
- Brattleboro: Brattleboro VA Clinic
- Burlington: Burlington Lakeside VA Clinic
- Newport: Newport VA Clinic
- Rutland: Rutland VA Clinic
How to Secure Disability Benefits in Randolph, VT
To get disability compensation in Randolph, Vermont, veterans must have evidence of the following:
- 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.
Veterans can utilize a variety of evidence to help establish these three things and prove their case for service connection. Some examples include:
- Service medical records
- Service personnel records
- Private and VA medical records
- Medical opinions for the veteran’s treating doctor
- Employment records (especially if the veteran is seeking Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability, or TDIU)
- Lay evidence (i.e., lay statements or buddy statements).
Once service connection is established, VA will assign a disability rating, ranging from 0 to 100 percent to the condition(s). A veteran’s combined disability rating (i.e., the combination of each of their individual ratings using VA math) determines their 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
Appealing a VA Decision in Randolph, VT
If VA issued a denial on your claim, you have the option to appeal the decision. Veterans can choose one of three lanes to file an appeal:
- 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).
If you choose to request a Higher-Level Review, you cannot submit additional evidence. The Regional Office will issue a new decision based on the same evidence. If your claim is once again denied, you can file a Supplemental Claim – which allows for the submission of new and relevant evidence to support your claim – or a Notice of Disagreement.
If you submit a Notice of Disagreement, your appeal will go directly to the BVA. Then you must also select a docket: the direct docket, hearing docket, or evidence docket. If BVA denies your appeal, you have one year to file a Supplemental Claim or appeal to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC).
A veterans (VA) disability attorney may be able to help you with this process. Reach out to CCK today at 800-544-9144 for a free consultation regarding your claim.
How Much Can a Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Charge?
VA regulates who can represent a veteran and how much they can be paid under 38 CFR § 14.636. Veterans (VA) disability lawyers or accredited claims agents can only charge fees based on recovered retroactive benefits. Veteran representatives are not allowed to charge fees based on any future benefits.
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. Fees above 33.3 percent are presumed unreasonable by VA.
How CCK Can Help Randolph, Vermont Veterans
If VA denied your claim, a Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD veterans (VA) lawyer serving Randolph, Vermont may be able to help you secure the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 800-544-9144 for a free consultation with a member of the CCK team.
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