Veterans who are disabled because of service-related injuries or illnesses may be eligible to receive monthly disability benefits. Regardless of the particular type of physical injury, mental health condition, or disease, a veteran may have an opportunity for compensation.
If you file a claim for VA disability benefits, we can help. If you received a denial of benefits, we can look into your original claim and see what options are available. Our lawyers may appeal your claim and navigate the various stages of the process.
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How VA Ratings Affect the Outcome of Your Disability Benefits Claim
A veteran’s disability will be rated on a scale from zero to 100% in increments of 10%. This rating measures a veteran’s ability to work and earn wages and can impact the amount of compensation they may be eligible to receive.
Generally, only veterans with disabilities rated at 10% or higher are entitled to receive cash compensation for those disabilities.
You can find more information about up-to-date benefit rates on the VA website.
Veterans receive compensation based on their disability rating. Benefit rates are adjusted periodically to account for changes in the cost of living. They may also be adjusted in cases where the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes multiple disabilities (combined disability ratings).
Veterans may also receive additional compensation under the following circumstances:
- Very severe disabilities or loss of limb
- Veterans with dependents
- Veterans who have a severely disabled spouse
You can find more information about up-to-date benefit rates on the department’s website.
Evidence to Support Your Claim
VA makes determinations about your disability rating according to the evidence you submitted as part of your claim. As such, providing complete and compelling evidence of the following is crucial to receiving an accurate disability rating and obtaining the compensation you need:
- The nature of your disability
- How your disability affects your ability to work
- How your disability relates to your military service
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How a Lawyer from Our Disability Benefits Firm Can Help
Our firm is prepared to assist veterans who have one of the following:
A Physical Disability
A physical disability that makes someone eligible for benefits is one that:
- Results in a rating of 60% or more
- Results from a service-related injury
- Prevents a veteran from working
A Mental Disability
A mental disability may qualify you for benefits if it:
- Results from injuries suffered while in service
- Prevents a veteran from working
- Did not receive a 100% rating
If you believe you or your loved one was unfairly rated or received less compensation than deserved, you have the right to appeal. Our legal team can review your case free of charge and determine how to help you receive a better rating.
Our veteran’s benefits firm can handle your appeal from start to finish. We can also discuss how Agent Orange could have affected your life.
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Appealing a Denial of VA Disability Benefits in South Carolina
Several steps are involved with appealing a denial of VA disability benefits. You can request a decision review or appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals in Washington, D.C., and have a Veterans Law Judge review your claim.
Our benefits attorneys can guide you through the process so you can focus on your health, including informing you how long you may have to wait for an appeal decision.
Submitting a Supplemental Claim
Your first option for a decision review is to submit a supplemental claim. This gives you the chance to add any additional evidence to your original claim. For example, your doctors may provide new medical documentation that shows your disability has not improved with treatment.
A reviewer with VA will assess the merit of any new evidence.
Request a Higher-Level Review
After submitting a supplemental claim, if VA upholds its original decision to deny benefits, you could request a senior reviewer to look over your claim. If they find your evidence compelling or discover a claim processing error, they could grant your VA disability benefits.
Appealing with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals
If you still face a denial of benefits, you could file an appeal with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. An expert Veterans Law Judge will oversee your appeal and determine how the laws apply to your claim.
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The Importance of Following Your Doctor’s Instructions
Whether filing an initial claim for VA disability benefits or appealing a denial, follow your doctor’s treatment plan. Any failure on your part can undermine your claim or appeal.
Your doctor plays an instrumental role in providing evidence of your disability and how it affects your opportunity for gainful employment. Without compelling evidence, you may receive a rating that does not qualify you for benefits.
Our Firm Makes Legal Representation Affordable
We understand that you are already facing lost wages, medical bills, and an uncertain future. Our firm does not want to add to your financial strain, so we take cases on a contingency-fee basis. This way, veterans can afford legal representation.*
If you work with us, you will not have to pay any out-of-pocket costs. This also allows us to save time and get to work on your case as soon as possible. We can also determine your options during a free consultation.
You have nothing to lose by discussing your case with us. You can also learn more about what our Carrollton VA disability ratings lawyers can do for you.
George Sink, Sr. Understands the Importance of VA Disability Benefits
At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, our veterans disability attorneys are committed to helping our clients secure the compensation they deserve.
Our firm’s founding attorney, George Sink, Sr., served two tours in Vietnam in the Marine Corps. He knows what serving and sacrificing means and wants to help disabled veterans secure the benefits they deserve.
Our Firm Can Help You Get the Benefits You Deserve
Disability ratings can be a difficult concept to understand, and securing an accurate rating depends on filing a strong claim. Our attorneys can guide you through the claim process and file an appeal if you receive a denial of benefits.
For a free consultation, call us at (888) 612-7001.
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