Kentucky VA Disability Benefits Lawyer

Professional VA Disability Benefits Lawyer Serving Kentucky

Veterans who experience limitations in their daily lives or difficulty finding employment due to health issues related to their military service may be able to receive disability compensation through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). However, filing claims for VA disability benefits can be a complex and overwhelming process, and veterans may encounter difficulties, or their claims may even be denied. When addressing these issues, the guidance of an experienced attorney can greatly improve the chances of a successful claim. At The Vet Law Office, we have extensive experience assisting veterans with all aspects of VA disability claims. Attorney Farmer understands the intricacies of the VA's procedures, and he will fight tirelessly to ensure you receive the benefits you deserve.

Determining Disability Ratings

One crucial aspect of filing a VA disability claim is understanding how the Department of Veterans Affairs determines disability ratings. The rating assigned to each condition plays a significant role in calculating the amount of monthly compensation that may be awarded to disabled veterans.

The evaluation process involves reviewing medical evidence such as service records, treatment records, and statements from healthcare professionals. The severity of a condition and its impact on daily functioning are considered when assigning ratings on a scale ranging from 0% to 100%. Higher percentage ratings correspond to more severe disabilities. A combined disability rating may be calculated in cases where veterans have more than one condition that has resulted in disability.

Compensation and Pension Exams

In some cases, further assessment may be required to determine whether a condition has a service connection or to assess the severity of one or more disabilities. These assessments often take the form of Compensation and Pension (C&P) exams administered by contracted physicians or specialists chosen by the VA.

An attorney who assists with VA disability claims can provide guidance during the examination process by ensuring that a veteran is prepared to answer questions and provide any requested records or other relevant information. Our lawyer can review the results of C&P exams to ensure that they accurately reflect a veteran's condition. If necessary, we can advocate for any necessary adjustments to ensure that a disability rating aligns with a veteran's symptoms and functional limitations.

Options for VA Disability Appeals

If an initial disability claim is denied, or if a veteran disagrees with the VA's decisions about their disability rating or the amount of compensation they will receive, it is crucial to understand the options for pursuing an appeal. Our attorney can help navigate the available avenues of appeal, including:

Higher-Level Review

A veteran has the option to request a Higher-Level Review within one year of receiving an unfavorable decision. During this process, a reviewer will reevaluate the case using existing evidence and information submitted during the initial claim. No new evidence can be submitted. Our attorney can assist with requesting a Higher-Level Review by identifying potential errors in the VA's decision and ensuring that these concerns will be addressed by the reviewer.

Supplemental Claims

If new evidence becomes available, or if there were any gaps in previously-submitted evidence, submitting a supplemental claim may be appropriate. With this type of appeal, additional documents may be provided to establish eligibility for disability benefits. Our attorney understands what constitutes relevant and credible additional evidence, and he can ensure that the proper medical records or other forms of evidence will be submitted and considered correctly during a supplemental claim.

Board of Veterans' Appeals (BVA)

A BVA appeal involves presenting a case before a Veterans Law Judge, who will review a claim and determine whether previous decisions were incorrect. Our attorney is familiar with BVA procedures, and we know how to craft persuasive arguments, submit any new and relevant evidence, and ensure that a case will be considered correctly during an appeal.

Having an attorney advocating for you during the appeals process can significantly increase your chances of securing a favorable outcome. Attorney Farmer understands the most effective strategies to use when presenting your case to VA officials. If necessary, he can help you understand what additional options for appeal may be available following a BVA denial. He can represent you in cases considered by the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims or when pursuing appeals in federal courts.

Contact Our Kentucky VA Disability Claims Attorney

Whether you are filing an initial VA disability claim or need to appeal a decision made by the VA, the experienced attorney at The Vet Law Office is here to help. He has successfully represented numerous veterans, helping them obtain the benefits they deserve. Contact us today via phone at 1-800-700-4174 or online to schedule a consultation. Let us support you through every step of the claims process, fighting for the benefits you have earned through your dedicated service.

VA Health Centers in Kentucky

Franklin R. Sousley Campus
2250 Leestown Road
Lexington, KY 40511

Troy Bowling Campus
1101 Veterans Drive
Lexington, KY 40502

Robley Rex VA Medical Center
800 Zorn Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Cincinnati VA Medical Center-Fort Thomas
1000 South Fort Thomas Avenue
Fort Thomas, KY 41075

Kentucky VA Regional Office

Louisville Regional Office
321 West Main St., Suite 390
Louisville, KY 40202

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