Toxic water exposure is a serious problem among veterans. If you are a veteran who lived at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River between August 1953 and December 1987 and later developed a medical condition, you could be eligible for VA disability benefits.
But getting a grant of VA disability benefits for a toxic water-related medical condition can be a confusing process. You probably have some questions, such as:
- How do I know if I am eligible?
- What if I think I was exposed to contaminated water but have not been diagnosed with anything?
- Is it difficult to obtain a grant of disability benefits?
- How much will my benefit amount be?
- What do I do if the VA declines my claim?
- Do I need a lawyer to apply for benefits?
Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD can help. We can put our experience and resources to work for you and help you win the benefits to which you are rightfully entitled. We offer free consultations to all veterans. Call our office today: 401-331-6300.
How Can I Recover VA Disability Benefits for My Toxic Water-related Medical Condition?
The Department of Veterans Affairs presumes service connection for any of the following eight medical conditions if you lived at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River between 1953 and 1987:
- Adult leukemia
- Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
If you lived at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River and have a current medical diagnosis for a condition not listed, we can work to establish a service connection to toxic water exposure.
Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD Fights for the Maximum Benefits
Receiving a grant of VA disability benefits is only half the battle. The other half is making sure you are awarded the correct disability rating from the correct effective date.
VA benefit amounts vary wildly, from less than $200 per month to approximately $3,000 per month. Where you fall within this range depends on the severity of your service-connected condition and your disability rating.
For example, an active service-connected cancer diagnosis receives a temporary 100% disability rating. The Department of Veterans Affairs assigns either a 100%, 60%, 30%, or 10% disability rating to veterans with aplastic anemia. The VA disability rating for a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease is 30%, with additional ratings for residual symptoms based on severity.
The higher your disability rating, the higher your benefit amount. What’s more, a rating above 30% qualifies you to receive additional benefits for dependents living in your household.
Our attorneys put together a thorough argument with complementary evidence to show the full extent of your condition and its effects on your daily life. We fight relentlessly to ensure you receive the disability benefits you deserve.
Call 401-331-6300 Today For a Free Consultation
If you are a disabled veteran, your focus should be on your health, family, and quality of life. We believe you have earned that right with your service to our country. But it can be difficult to enjoy life and maintain your health if your service-related condition keeps you from earning a living and supporting yourself and your family.
This is where Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD comes in. We have not only the experience but also the resources necessary to pursue your case aggressively and relentlessly.
Our team is ready to put our resources to work for you. Let us handle your case from beginning to end so you can focus on your health and family. The initial consultation is always free, so call today to discuss your case: 401-331-6300.
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