Are you a veteran living in West Virginia with a current condition that you believe is due to your military service? If so, you could be eligible to receive disability benefits from VA. If you were denied veteran benefits, a veterans disability lawyer at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick serving West Virginia may be able to help.
West Virginia VA Benefit Resources
West Virginia VA Regional Benefit Office
- Huntington: Huntington Regional Benefit Office
West Virginia VA Medical Centers
- Beckley: Beckley VA Medical Center
- Clarksburg: Clarksburg – Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center
- Huntington: Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center
- Martinsburg: Martinsburg VA Medical Center
West Virginia VA Outpatient Clinic
- Lenore: Lenore VA Clinic
West Virginia VA Statistics
As of 2016, West Virginia has:
- More than 145,000 veterans (over 10 percent of the state’s population)
- More than 34,000 veterans receiving VA disability benefits
- More than 80,000 veterans enrolled in VA’s health care system, and almost 58,000 of whom have sought treatment at a VA health center
How to Receive VA Disability Benefits in West Virginia
A successful claim for service-connected compensation is one that demonstrates three things. First, you must have a current, diagnosed disability. Second, you must demonstrate an event, injury, or illness occurred during your service. Third, you must provide a “nexus” between the two.
A Current, Diagnosed Disability
You must have a diagnosis from a healthcare professional of a current, qualifying disability. Unlike the Social Security Administration’s SSDI benefits, VA does not require you to be totally disabled. You can receive VA disability benefits for a partial disability.
An Event, Injury, or Illness Occurred During Your Military Service
Next, you must show that an event, injury, or illness occurred during your military service. This event could be a combat mission, a training exercise, or exposure to toxic chemicals.
A “Nexus” Between the Disability and Your Service
Once you establish that you have a current, diagnosed disability and an event, injury, or illness occurred during your military service, you must provide a “nexus”. A “nexus” is the connection between your current condition and the in-service event or injury. A qualified medical professional must establish a “nexus” by stating it is “at least as likely as not” that your current condition is due to your military service.
VA Disability Compensation Levels
Your monthly VA disability compensation is based on the severity of your service-connected conditions. VA rates your condition on a scale from 0 to 100 percent. This percentage is your disability rating. Your combined disability rating will determine the amount of monthly compensation you receive.
As of 2018, these amounts are as follows:
- 10 percent disability rating: $136.24 per month
- 20 percent disability rating: $269.30 per month
- 30 percent disability rating: $417.15 per month
- 40 percent disability rating: $600.90 per month
- 50 percent disability rating: $855.41 per month
- 60 percent disability rating: $1,083.52 per month
- 70 percent disability rating: $1,365.48 per month
- 80 percent disability rating: $1,587.25 per month
- 90 percent disability rating: $1,783.68 per month
- 100 percent disability rating: $2,973.86 per month
With a disability rating of 30 percent or higher, you might be able to receive additional compensation on behalf of qualifying dependents living in your household. Eligible dependents include minor children or children still in school, a spouse, or dependent parents.
Speak With a Member of the Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD Team
If you are worried about hiring a veterans lawyer because of the cost, keep in mind that we work on a contingency basis. That means we do not get compensated until you do.
A VA disability lawyer at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD serving West Virginia may be able to help you pursue the VA disability benefits you deserve.
To speak with a member of our team, call us today at 800-544-9144 for a free case evaluation.
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