Hamilton VeteranBenefits Lawyer
Hamilton Veteran Benefits Lawyer
Obtaining veteran benefits can be a complicated process. Individuals seeking to obtain such benefits often have to deal with multiple appeals. This is quite unfortunate. People who have dedicated a huge part of their lives to serving and protecting our country should not have to experience all that stress to obtain what is rightfully theirs.
Fortunately, a veterans’ benefits lawyer can help you obtain what is rightfully yours. A lawyer can help you file a claim for benefits. Some of the claims for veterans benefits that veteran benefits lawyers handle include;
- Disability benefits
- Employment benefits
- Educational benefits
- Life insurance
- Survivor benefits
Also, if, for example, you have been denied veterans disability benefits, a veterans’ benefits lawyer can work with you to make sure you obtain what is rightfully yours. An attorney can help you appeal and recover the compensation you deserve.
Are You Eligible for VA Disability Compensation? If You Are, Contact a Veteran Benefits Lawyer Today
You need to meet several requirements before you can qualify for VA disability compensation. To be eligible for VA disability compensation, you must meet the following two requirements;
- Have an illness or injury (condition) that affects your body or mind
- Have served either on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training. However, if you were on active duty for training when you suffered a disability, the disability must have been caused by a stroke, traumatic injury, or heart attack for you to qualify for VA disability compensation.
On top of meeting the above-listed requirements, you must meet at least one of the following requirements to qualify for VA compensation;
- Your injury or sickness arose when you were serving in the military; or
- You had an injury before joining the military, and your injury got worse when you were serving in the military; or
- You had a disability that is related to your active-duty service but your disability only appeared after you ended your service.
If you meet the set requirements, then you should be compensated fairly. The law states clearly that the federal government is supposed to compensate veterans who have disabilities connected to their service. As long as you weren’t dishonorably discharged, you deserve to be compensated. A veterans’ benefits lawyer can help you recover disability benefits if you are suffering from, among many others, the following injuries and conditions;
- Gunshot wounds
- Back and spinal injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Gulf War syndrome
- Illnesses from exposure to uranium or toxic chemicals, such as cancer
- Severe hearing loss
- Breathing problems
The above is not an exhaustive list. So, even if your injury or condition is not listed above, you could still be eligible for VA disability benefits. Reach out to a veteran benefits lawyer and allow them to advise you.
What Are Disability Ratings?
A disability rating is simply a percentage that the VA assigns a disabled veteran during the VA disability claim process. This percentage reflects the severity of a veteran’s injury or condition. Percentages start from 0% to 100%, in 10% increments (for instance, 30%, 40%, 50% etc.). If a veteran has more than one service-related injury or illness, the injuries or illnesses are rated separately and then combined. But a scenario where a veteran is assigned a 30% rating and a 40% because they have two injuries, for instance, does not yield a 70% combined rating. Instead of simply adding ratings, the VA uses the Combined Ratings Table to combine ratings.
A VA disability rating is quite important. It is the disability rating that determines how much a veteran receives for their service-related illness or injury. Usually, the higher the disability rating, the higher the compensation amount. Therefore, if you believe your disability rating is too low, you must speak to a lawyer and let them help you file an appeal. A disability rating that is too low can result in a veteran receiving insufficient benefits for their illness or injury.
An attorney can help you file an appeal and convince the VA to alter your rating. The VA is allowed to alter disability ratings in certain circumstances.
You Could Be Eligible for Retroactive Awards
If you were discharged from service or exposed to Agent Orange, you could be able to recover benefits retroactively if the VA took long before approving your disability benefits claim. Retroactive benefits or back pay is a lump sum payment for benefits that have been piling up since a veteran filed a claim. Usually, back pay is paid all at once (in other words, in a lump sum).
Not only does the VA compensate veterans but it also compensates deceased veterans’ dependent children, spouses, and even dependent parents. Some of the benefits that survivors of a veteran whose death is service-related are entitled to include;
- Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
- Education Program Refund
- Death pension
- Civil Service Preference
- Life insurance proceeds
- Commissary and Exchange Privileges
As a survivor of a veteran whose death is service-related, you should reach out to a qualified lawyer who can help you recover the benefits you are entitled to.
Why You Need a Veterans Benefits Lawyer
Whether you are a veteran or a survivor of a veteran whose death is service-related, you can highly benefit from talking to an attorney. A veterans’ benefits lawyer has experience handling veterans’ disability benefits claims and knows how they can help you recover the compensation you deserve in a short time. The unfortunate reality is that many veterans and survivors of veterans are denied compensation, even after filing legitimate claims. Others are paid less than what they deserve. If, for example, you make an error on an application form, you might end up being denied compensation or being given less than you deserve. Also, it can be hard to prove that a claim is legitimate. For example, proving the full extent of an injury or condition can be difficult and requires a lawyer’s expertise. Additionally, you need a veteran benefits lawyer because the VA appeals process is complex and time-consuming.
A Hamilton veteran benefits lawyer may be able to help you. If you need help filing a veterans disability benefits claim or any other type of veteran benefits claim or appealing a decision, feel free to call (856) 672-7248 today.
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