Veteran (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Chesapeake, Virginia
If you believe you qualify for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) monthly disability benefits based on your medical condition related to your military service, there are resources in and around Chesapeake that can help. If eligible, you can file a claim for VA disability compensation benefits.
If VA denies your initial application, the veterans’ advocates of Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD can help you file an appeal. Call our veteran (VA) disability lawyers serving Chesapeake, Virginia at (844) 549-4500 today to speak to a member of our team.
VA Regional Benefit Offices
When you file a claim for VA disability benefits, a VA employee at your regional benefit office reviews your application, requests any necessary supporting documents, and determines if you meet the qualifications. There are two VA regional benefit offices that serve Virginia:
You can visit either of these facilities for resources on VA disability benefits, preparing your application, and applying for benefits. There are also local benefit offices run by the Commonwealth of Virginia specific to the Chesapeake area where you can receive similar services.
VA Benefits Offices
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services operates the Chesapeake Benefits Office on the Tidewater Community College Campus. Located in Room 158 at 1428 Cedar Road in Chesapeake, this office offers walk-in services and appointments. Walk-in hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.
This office also offers satellite services on the second Thursday of every month at the Suffolk Workforce Center. You can learn more about the services available from the Chesapeake Benefits Office by calling (757) 822-5298.
The Norfolk Benefits Office, located in Building 5, Suite 100 at 6350 Center Drive
in Norfolk, also serves Chesapeake, in addition to Southampton County, Sussex County, Isle of Wight County, Franklin, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach.
VA Medical Center
Additionally, there is a community-based outpatient clinic in Chesapeake called the Chesapeake VA Clinic. The clinic is located at 1987 South Military Highway, Suite B. You can learn more by calling (757) 722-9961.
This clinic provides primary care services for physical and mental health needs; in addition, the facility handles laboratory testing and provides social work services. For secondary or tertiary care, acute care, or inpatient procedures, they refer patients to Hampton VA Medical Center which is approximately 30 miles away in Hampton, Virginia.
You can visit the Chesapeake VA Clinic to get a diagnosis of a health condition you believe is due to service injury or illness if you do not already have one. Typically, you must have a current diagnosis of a disabling condition to qualify for monthly VA disability benefits. You can also see your personal physician or another medical care provider.
Let Us Review Your Case for Free After VA Disability Denial
If VA denies your claim for VA disability benefits, our team of attorneys and advocates may be able to help. At Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD, we offer complimentary consultations to see if we can assist you in filing an appeal. Call (844) 549-4500 to get started today.
Understanding the Evidence Necessary for a Grant of Veterans Benefits
Generally, a grant of service-connected disability benefits requires three things:
- An in-service event, injury, or illness;
- A current diagnosis of a disabling condition by a medical professional; and
- A medical nexus, or link, between your in-service event, injury, or illness and your current diagnosis.
VA must find supporting evidence of these three things in your claims file in order for VA to grant service connection. When helping a veteran build an appeal, we identify and obtain the evidence necessary to prove their eligibility, even if the veteran’s records are inaccurate or missing.
Options for Appealing a VA Disability Benefits Denial
In the past, there was one appeal option for challenging a VA disability denial. In the new appeals system under the Appeals Modernization Act, however, there are three appeal options to choose from depending on which is best for your case:
- A request for Higher-Level Review: A review of the information already in your file, as conducted by a more senior VA employee;
- A Supplemental Claim: with this appeal option, you can submit new and relevant evidence to support your claim;
- A Notice of Disagreement: file your appeal directly to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals and select the appropriate docket depending on your desire for a hearing or to submit new evidence.
Following an initial claim denial, you typically have one year to file an appeal.
Talk to a Veterans Disability Attorney Serving Chesapeake, Virginia
The veterans’ advocates of Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD can review your Chesapeake, Virginia VA disability denial. We may be able to help you file an appeal and fight for monthly compensation based on your service-connected medical condition.
We offer complimentary case reviews for veterans who received a denial based on their initial claim, and we do not receive any attorney’s fees unless our client receives a grant of retroactive benefits.
Call (844) 549-4500 today to learn more about our services or to discuss your case with a veterans advocate for free.