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VA Disability Attorney Serving Clients Across The United States

Benefits that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provide to U.S. military veterans can be a crucial form of financial support. At The Vet Law Office, our dedicated attorney is committed to providing comprehensive legal representation to veterans who are seeking benefits or addressing denied claims. We assist with claims for VA disability benefits and appeals of unfavorable decisions, ensuring that veterans are treated fairly. As a disabled veteran himself, Attorney Edward Farmer understands the issues that can affect veterans, and he is passionate about providing the legal help needed to navigate the complex system and ensure that veterans receive the benefits they deserve.

Addressing Issues Related to VA Disability Benefits

Veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities may be eligible for a wide range of benefits through the VA. These benefits aim to provide financial support and assistance with medical care, vocational training, housing, and more. It is important for veterans to fully understand their rights and options when pursuing these benefits.

Disability Ratings

The VA determines the extent to which veterans are affected by service-connected injuries or illnesses. Disability ratings are assigned when claims are filed, and they are specified as a percentage that is meant to reflect the extent to which a disability affects a veteran's ability to function. As ratings increase, so does the amount of financial compensation that will be available to a veteran. Our firm works to ensure that disability ratings are assessed correctly for veterans, including in cases involving 100% disability/individual unemployability.

Compensation and Pension Exams

In order for the VA to determine appropriate disability ratings and eligibility for disability benefits, veterans may be required to participate in Compensation and Pension (C&P) exams. These examinations will be performed by healthcare professionals designated by the VA who will assess a veteran's medical conditions and determine how injuries or illnesses impact them. We work to ensure that veterans will be treated fairly during this process so that their disability ratings will be determined correctly.

Addressing Denied Claims

If your initial claim for VA disability benefits has been denied, or you believe that the disability rating assigned by the VA does not accurately reflect your condition, we can evaluate your case, gather additional evidence if necessary, file appeals within strict time limits, and present compelling arguments during the appeals process. We can help you determine your best options for appealing unfavorable decisions, including requesting a Higher-Level Review, filing a supplemental claim, or requesting a review by the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA). If your appeal is unsuccessful, we can help you determine how to address BVA denials or have your case heard by the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. We have a deep understanding of the appeals process, and we will work to ensure that you will have the best chance of receiving the benefits you deserve.

Death Benefits for Survivors

Veterans who pass away as a result of service-related injuries or health conditions may be able to receive death benefits, also known as Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC). DIC provides financial support to surviving spouses, children, or dependent parents through monthly payments. We can help family members ensure that they receive the proper benefits in these situations.

Types of Injuries Impacting Veterans

A wide range of physical and mental health conditions can qualify veterans for disability benefits. Common types of injuries include:

  • Gulf War Syndrome: Veterans who have served in the Middle East may be entitled to disability benefits if they have experienced unexplained chronic multi-symptom illnesses such as joint pain, fatigue, or fibromyalgia.
  • Burn pits and particulate matter: Exposure to substances burned by the military can lead to respiratory disorders, gastrointestinal issues, cardiovascular diseases, neurological disorders, and other conditions that may result in VA disability benefits.
  • Agent Orange: Veterans who served in Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, Guam or other related areas may suffer from illnesses like Parkinson's disease, diabetes, Hodgkin's disease, and heart disease due to exposure to certain types of herbicides.
  • Radiation exposure: Veterans who have worked with nuclear weapons or nuclear reactors or who have been involved in radiological cleanup may suffer from cancer, reproductive disorders, or other health issues.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues: Many veterans experience PTSD, depression, anxiety, or other mental illnesses as a result of their service. These conditions can have a profound impact on a person's daily life, and they often warrant disability compensation.
  • Military sexual trauma: Veterans who have been the victim of sexual assault or sexual abuse may receive disability benefits, mental health treatment, and other benefits and services.
  • Traumatic brain injuries: Blows to the head or other injuries that occur during military service can have long-lasting effects, and they may qualify a veteran for disability benefits.
  • Sleep apnea: Sleep disorders related to military service can have a profound effect on a person's physical and mental health. Depending on the severity of the disorder and the types of treatment received, disability benefits may be available to veterans with these conditions.
  • Migraine headaches: Veterans who have suffered injuries may experience debilitating headaches, and if they suffer from regular "prostrating attacks," they may qualify for disability benefits.
  • Mesothelioma: Veterans who have been exposed to asbestos may contract lung cancer or experience other serious health issues.

Military Discharges and VA Benefits Eligibility

Following their service, veterans may receive different types of discharges from the military. While honorable discharges will usually allow veterans to qualify for benefits through the VA, other types of discharges may affect the types of benefits a person will be able to receive. We can help veterans address issues related to discharges, including upgrading discharges to improve the ability to receive veteran's benefits and ensuring that the proper evaluations are performed during medical discharges. We can also assist with the correction of military records to ensure that eligibility for VA benefits will be determined correctly.

Contact Our U.S. Veteran's Benefits Lawyer

If you are a veteran seeking assistance with a VA disability claim or other issues related to VA benefits, The Vet Law Office is here to help. We understand the sacrifices you have made while serving our country, and we are dedicated to fighting for the benefits you deserve. Please contact us at 1-800-700-4174 to set up a complimentary consultation.

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