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Disabled veterans of the United States Armed Forces can apply for disability compensation, or monetary benefits paid to veterans with injuries or illness from a time of active military service. These disabilities are considered to be service-connected, or service-related, and while you can apply on your own, your chances of receiving the maximum compensation for your disability improve with the help of a veterans disability lawyer.

This claim for veterans benefits is evaluated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which determines whether a veteran can get compensated for injury or illness that happened or was worsened during military service. Veterans with the following criteria can establish a service-connected claim:

  • Veteran Status (discharged under circumstances other than dishonorable)
  • Existence of a current disability
  • Service treatment records and supporting statements
  • A connection between the veteran’s service and the current disability
  • Degree of Disability

We help with appeals for veterans as well as support veterans applying for disability benefits for the first time.

Preparing for the VA Application Process

Typically, the process includes you gathering all of your military, medical, and other records associated with your injury or illness to create your application for disability benefits. You'll want to be sure to gather your private medical records, too. For each claimed disability, be sure to have as much evidence possible so that you can receive the maximum benefits possible.

The process is complicated and not always pleasant to navigate. That's why our law firm supports you through the entire process, ensuring that your application is full and compelling. We work to get you the veterans benefits you deserve, regardless of the disability you're experiencing. Whether you're applying for the first time, you've applied before and have been denied, or are applying on behalf of a loved one who lost their life, we are here to help make sure you are awarded the benefits you need to live your life to the fullest.

Service-Connected Disability

A variety of service-connected disabilities are considered and may make you eligible for VA benefits, or even additional benefits. If you have any of the possible service-connected disabilities listed below, or some other injury or illness, please let us know. The following list is a sample and does not include all service-connected disabilities:

  • Toxic Chemical Exposure
  • Orthopedic Injuries
  • Neurological Injury
  • Explosion related injuries
  • Agent Orange
  • PTSD
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Post-concussion Syndrome
  • Military Sexual Trauma

What to Expect with Veterans Claims

Standard of Proof

A very important item for veterans to understand is that your disabilities must be connected to your time as an active service member. While you are not required to prove you had treatment for a medical condition during your active service, the medical condition must be “as likely as not” to result from active duty service. A doctor may make a statement on your behalf explaining the connection of your military service to your disabling medical condition. If you are able to obtain this statement, it will greatly help your case.

VA Disability Compensation Amounts

VA disability amounts can vary greatly, ranging from $133 to over $3,300 per month, depending on the veteran’s level of disability and number of dependents. Once we understand your case, the amount will be determined on several variances. If you're ready to start building a case to receive veterans benefits, contact our team for a free consultation. We can help you build a case that will award you the most benefits possible.

Veterans Disability Appeal Process

The appeals process is very complex. If you’ve been denied VA disability benefits in the past, Wettermark Keith will file a Notice of Disagreement, or appeal, on your behalf to the VA’s Regional Office in your home jurisdiction. You have one year from the notice of decision to file an appeal, so if you've been denied veterans disability, it's best to start the appeal process as soon as possible. Our team has experience working with appeals for veterans and is prepared to work with you.

The VA will issue you a Statement of the Case. Wettermark Keith will help you file a VA Form 9, or substantive appeal, to the Board of Veterans Appeals and request a hearing on your behalf before a VA judge. Our lawyers will work with the VA to ensure all of your updated medical records and other pertinent information such as doctor’s statements, lay statements, and other important evidence are in your claim file. You can trust that the entire process is handled and optimized when working with our firm. We are honored to help you.

Contact Us About Getting Disability Benefits

Schedule your free consultation with our legal team to discuss veterans disability benefits today. Our firm operates on a no fee, no guarantee, which means that if we do not win your case, you don't owe us anything. We're proud to help serve you and are ready to kick start veterans claims at any time.