If you live in Wyoming and suffer from a disabling medical condition caused by an injury, illness, or event that occurred during your military service, you may be entitled to disability compensation. Unfortunately, proving your condition is related to your military service can be quite difficult and denials are common. A veteran (VA) disability lawyer serving Wyoming can help you appeal the denial and get the benefits you deserve.
For a free consultation with a member of the Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick team, call 800-544-9144.
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Wyoming VA Statistics
As of 2016, Wyoming has:
- Over 47,000 veterans living in the state (over 11 percent of the state’s adult population)
- Over 11,000 residents receiving VA disability benefits
- Over 26,000 veterans currently enrolled in the VA health care system (of these, nearly 19,000 have sought treatment at a VA medical center)
Nearly 43 percent of Wyoming’s veteran population is 65 years or older; over 11 percent retired from the military with full benefits.
How to File a Compelling Appeal for VA Disability Benefits in Wyoming
To win a grant of disability benefits in Wyoming, you must meet the VA’s criteria. Unfortunately, no matter how severe your condition appears to be, the process can be fraught with challenges. A veterans advocate from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD can help you build a compelling appeal, protecting you from the pitfalls that have led other veterans to have their appeals denied.
For you to win service-connected disability benefits during the appeals process, your appeal must have three things:
- Evidence of an illness, injury, or event that occurred during active duty military service;
- a current diagnosis of a disabling medical condition; and
- a conclusive link, or nexus, connecting an event in your military service to your diagnosis.
The link between an event in your military service and your disability diagnosis is what the VA calls a “nexus,” and it is crucial for establishing service connection for your disabling condition.
Depending on the circumstances of your condition, we have numerous options for establishing service connection.
First, we will look into whether your military service and diagnosis meet the criteria for a presumption of service connection. The VA assumes certain conditions are the result of a specific event (e.g., being a prisoner of war), or service in a specific area or during a specific time. For example, many Vietnam veterans were exposed to Agent Orange during service. If you served in Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 and later developed lung cancer, the VA presumes connection.
If a presumption does not apply, we will work to establish direct or secondary service connection. Direct service connection is one that proves your condition is a direct result of an event, illness, or injury that occurred (e.g., an explosion that required you amputate your left leg). Secondary service connection establishes that the condition in question resulted from an already service-connected condition (e.g., developing hypertension due to your service-connected type 2 diabetes).
VA Disability Compensation Levels
Beyond just getting you a grant of service connection from the VA, we will work to ensure you receive the highest possible rating to which you are entitled for your conditions. Your individual disability ratings are then combined to form your “combined disability rating”, which determines the amount of monthly compensation you will receive.
The VA uses a scale from 0 to 100 percent, in increments of 10 percent, to rate your disability. You must receive at least a 10 percent rating to receive monthly compensation (a 0 percent rating still qualifies you for ancillary benefits, such as health care). A combined rating of 100 percent signifies total disability, making you eligible for the maximum amount of schedular compensation.
The VA benefits schedule, as of December 31, 2018, is:
- 10 percent disability rating: $140.05 per month
- 20 percent disability rating: $276.84 per month
- 30 percent disability rating: $428.83 per month
- 40 percent disability rating: $617.73 per month
- 50 percent disability rating: $879.36 per month
- 60 percent disability rating: $1,113.86 per month
- 70 percent disability rating: $1,403.71 per month
- 80 percent disability rating: $1,631.69 per month
- 90 percent disability rating: $1,833.62 per month
- 100 percent disability rating: $3,057.13 per month
A rating of 30 percent or higher also qualifies you to receive additional monthly compensation for each qualifying dependent living in your household, which can include your spouse, children, or dependent parents.
We Offer Free Consultations — To Schedule Yours, Call 800-544-9144.
You deserve the best care and benefits for your sacrifice; our job is to help you receive exactly that. Our team of veterans advocates focuses on VA disability and will fight relentlessly for the compensation you deserve. The initial consultation is always free, so call 800-544-9144 today to discuss your appeal with a member of our legal team.
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