Veteran (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Fairfax, Virginia
If you have a medical condition related to your military service, you may qualify for disability compensation through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA disability compensation is available to veterans with injuries and medical conditions related to their military service. There are a variety of resources in and around Fairfax, Virginia to help you prepare and file a claim.
If VA denies your initial claim for benefits, the veterans (VA) disability lawyers of Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD serving Fairfax, Virginia may be able to help. Call (844) 549-4500 for your complimentary consultation.
VA Regional Benefit Office Serving Fairfax, Virginia
The National Capital Regional Benefit Office located in Washington, D.C. is available to those who live in the Fairfax, Virginia area. VA personnel at this office can help you understand VA disability benefits, complete and submit your application, and explain other services and benefits that could help you and your family. This may include:
- Information about other benefit programs
- eBenefits registration help
- Education benefits support
- Career counseling
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Employment assistance
It is important to note that local benefits offices administered by the Commonwealth of Virginia offer similar resources and may be more easily accessible than the VA Regional Benefit Office in Washington, D.C.
Fairfax, Virginia Benefits Office
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services’ local benefits office serving Fairfax is in Suite 120, 9990 Fairfax Boulevard. The Fairfax Benefits Office accepts appointments by calling (703) 359-1210, although walk-ins are welcome if staff members are available to assist. The team at the Fairfax office can help you to:
- Gather necessary documentation to prove you are eligible for benefits and submit a fully developed claim; or
- Submit your application and any additional authorizations needed for VA to obtain your service records, medical records, and other documents.
Staff from the VetSuccess office at Northern Virginia Community College (Alexandria Campus) or George Mason University also may be able to help you with your claim.
VA Medical Center Serving Fairfax, Virginia
To be eligible for VA disability compensation, you must have a current, disabling condition that arose during or because of your military service. Typically, this means you need to see a doctor to get an accurate diagnosis. If you want to see a VA doctor in the Fairfax, VA area you have several options.
First is the Fort Belvoir VA Clinic, an outpatient clinic that offers emergency and primary care services in Fort Belvoir. You can learn more by calling 571-231-2408. The Southeast Washington VA Clinic is a second option for outpatient primary care.
For more serious conditions, inpatient treatment, or specialty care, most patients from these outpatient clinics are referred to Washington DC VA Medical Center. This hospital in southeast Washington, D.C. provides comprehensive care services, including general medicine, surgery, and mental health care. This includes:
- 164 acute care beds
- 30 psychosocial residential rehabilitation beds
- 120 beds in the adjacent Community Living Center for long-term assisted living, rest home, and hospice care
Work With Our Team of Veterans Advocates Serving Fairfax, Virginia
If you filed a claim for VA disability benefits but received a denial, you have the right to appeal. Contact a veterans’ advocate at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD for assistance in filing your appeal. Our VA disability attorneys know what it takes to build a compelling case and can help you to navigate the appeals process.
Generally, approval for VA disability compensation requires three things:
- An in-service event, injury, or illness;
- A current diagnosis by a medical professional; and
- A medical nexus, or link, between your in-service event, injury, or illness and your current diagnosis.
Unfortunately, denials are very common for a variety of reasons. If your initial claim is denied, you have three options to appeal the decision under the modernized appeals system:
This option entails having a senior ratings specialist review your case to see if the initial decision simply overlooked something or erred in judgment.
Supplemental claims are another appeal option if you received a denial. This appeal option allows you to submit new or additional documentation to help support your case for compensation.
Notice of Disagreement
This appeal option takes your appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals in Washington, D.C. When filing a Notice of Disagreement, you must select a docket for your appeal depending on whether you are also submitting new evidence or would like a hearing.
VA Disability Attorneys Serving Fairfax, Virginia
If the initial claim for disability benefits you submitted to VA was denied, you have options to appeal that denial. You have one year from the date you received notice of your denial to file an appeal.
At Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD, our attorneys and advocates use their knowledge and experience with VA claims to assist veterans every day. Our initial consultations are always free, and we do not receive attorney’s fees unless we secure a grant of VA retroactive benefits for you.
Call (844) 549-4500 today to get started with a complimentary case review.
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