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Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Togus, Maine

Are you a disabled veteran living near Togus, Maine?  If you filed a disability benefits claim for a service-related medical condition but were denied by VA, the accredited claims agents and attorneys at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help.

CCK is nationally recognized for its ability to handle complex cases involving veterans’ benefits.  Our team serves veteran clients from across the United States, including veterans living in Maine.

If you believe VA wrongly denied your claim for benefits, call CCK today at 800-544-9144.

To learn more about our services or have a question about getting benefits for a specific condition, visit the CCK website for more detailed information.  Our veterans blog posts and videos provide insightful tips on a variety of topics related to VA disability benefits.

VA Resources in Togus, Maine

Togus, Maine is home to two main Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities serving disabled veterans, including a Regional Office and a Medical Center:

  • Togus Regional Office: Veterans can access information or ask questions about their benefits, schedule an appointment, or check the status of their claim.
  • Togus VA Medical Center: Open 24/7, this VA Medical Center provides health services to veterans, including primary care, mental health care, rehabilitation and extended care, geriatrics, and more.

Qualifying for Disability Compensation in Togus, Maine

Generally, veterans must show proof of the following three elements of service connection to qualify for VA disability:

  • 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 disabling condition.

Once VA determines that these three elements are met, a disability rating will be assigned to the veteran’s service-connected condition.

How to Increase Your Disability Rating in Togus, Maine

If VA assigned you a disability rating that does not match the severity of your current condition or your symptoms have since worsened, you can file for an increased rating from VA.  There are several options for requesting an increase:

  • File an appeal within VA’s deadlines (one year for most types of appeals);
  • File a new claim for an increased rating;
  • File for Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU) if your service-connected condition renders you unable to obtain or maintain substantially gainful employment;
  • File a claim for secondary service connection if you have symptoms or conditions resulting from an already service-connected disability.

VA Disability Compensation Rates

VA uses the Schedule for Rating Disabilities to determine which disability rating best corresponds to a veteran’s condition and symptoms.  Ratings range from 0 to 100 percent and increase in severity by increments of 10.  For example, if a veteran is deemed totally disabled due to their service-connected condition, VA will assign a 100 percent rating.

When a veteran has more than one service-connected condition, VA “adds” the individual ratings together (using VA math) to get a combined disability rating.  This combined rating generally determines a veteran’s monthly benefit amount.

As of December 1st, 2021 the VA disability rate benefit amounts are as follows:

  • 0 percent disability rating: $0.00 per month
  • 10 percent disability rating: $152.64 per month
  • 20 percent disability rating: $301.74 per month
  • 30 percent disability rating: $467.39 per month
  • 40 percent disability rating: $673.28 per month
  • 50 percent disability rating: $958.44 per month
  • 60 percent disability rating: $1,214.03 per month
  • 70 percent disability rating: $1,529.95 per month
  • 80 percent disability rating: $1,778.43 per month
  • 90 percent disability rating: $1,998.52 per month
  • 100 percent disability rating: $3,332.06 per month

Veterans with a combined disability rating of 30 percent or higher and at least one qualifying dependent may also receive additional compensation.

Appealing a VA Decision in Togus, Maine

Following the implementation of the Appeals Modernization Act in 2019, VA offers three ways to file an appeal.  These include:

  • Requesting a Higher-Level Review of your current claim by a senior VA employee;
  • Submitting new and relevant evidence as part of a Supplemental Claim; or
  • Filing a Notice of Disagreement with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.

How CCK Helps Disabled Veterans in Togus, Maine

A CCK veterans (VA) claims lawyer serving Togus, Maine may be able to help you increase your VA disability rating or appeal a VA denial of benefits.  We may also be able to assist you in communicating with the Togus Regional Office during the appeals process.

The team at CCK assists veterans through every stage of the appeals process – from gathering evidence for an initial appeal to representing Maine veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) and even the Federal Circuit.

If you believe you are entitled to disability benefits for your service-related condition, do not hesitate to reach out to CCK at 800-544-9144.  We offer free consultations to veterans.