Are you a Georgia resident who served in the U.S. military and developed a disabling medical condition? You could be eligible for monthly compensation, free healthcare, and other disability benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A veterans’ disability lawyer at George Sink Injury Lawyers (with offices in Georgia) can help you put together a convincing appeal that leads to a grant of benefits.
At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyer, we have a special interest in helping disabled veterans. Our lead attorney, George Sink Sr., served two tours in Vietnam, the second resulting in a severe, disabling injury. We offer a free initial case evaluation and are eager to speak with you.
Call us today at 888-612-7001 for a free case evaluation.
How to Qualify for VA Disability in Georgia
To qualify for VA disability benefits, you must meet three criteria. If you fail to satisfy any of them, you risk getting denied compensation. A lawyer from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can help you collect evidence and make it clear that you qualify in all areas.
The three requirements to receive VA disability compensation are:
- A medical condition considered disabling by VA
- A specific event in your military service
- A nexus between the event and your medical condition
A Disabling Medical Condition
We first have to show that you have a medical condition that VA considers disabling. VA maintains a master list of approved conditions. Listed under each condition on the list is a set of criteria one must meet to receive benefits for that condition.
Our team will evaluate your medical records and make sure you have sufficient proof that you meet the required approval criteria for your condition.
An Event in Your Military Service
Next, we must identify an event in your military service that led to your current condition. The event itself need not be verified but in-service onset of your condition can be established through in-service medical records, personnel records or lay evidence.
To give an example, if you are appealing based on hearing loss, we can point to a training exercise or combat mission during which you suffered repeated exposure to loud gun blasts.
A Nexus Between the Two
Lastly, we must demonstrate a nexus between the event we identify and your current diagnosis. We can do this by looking over your military and medical records, and by drawing upon the opinions and statements of your doctors and experts.
To find out more about how a VA disability lawyer from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can gather evidence, build a compelling appeal, and help you get approved for a grant of disability benefits, contact us today for a free case evaluation: 888-612-7001.
VA Disability Compensation Levels
VA disability is not a fixed amount. Your compensation level depends on the severity of your condition. To quantify your disability, VA assigns you something called an impairment rating. This number, which can range from 0 to 100 percent, corresponds with a monthly compensation level.
VA Impairment Ratings and Corresponding Monthly Compensation
As of 2018, here is what you will receive in VA disability compensation at each impairment rating:
- 10 percent rating: $136.24 per month
- 20 percent rating: $269.30 per month
- 30 percent rating: $417.15 per month
- 40 percent rating: $600.90 per month
- 50 percent rating: $855.41 per month
- 60 percent rating: $1,083.52 per month
- 70 percent rating: $1,365.48 per month
- 80 percent rating: $1,587.25 per month
- 90 percent rating: $1,783.68 per month
- 100 percent rating: $2,973.86 per month
Additional Benefits on Behalf of Dependents
If you receive a VA impairment rating of 30 percent or higher and have dependents in your household, such as your spouse, children, or elderly parents, you could be eligible for additional compensation, awarded on top of your base amount, on behalf of your dependents.
Permanent and Total Disability
Veterans eligible for 100 percent impairment ratings and who demonstrate that their condition is not expected to improve may qualify for a permanent and total disability rating.
The benefit of permanent and total disability is that with this designation, you do not have to worry about VA re-reviewing your case down the road and possibly lowering or taking away your compensation.
The veterans disability at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers are committed to helping veterans collect the maximum compensation for which they are eligible. We want to put our knowledge and resources to work for you. Call us today at 888-612-7001 for a free case evaluation.
Call Us if You Were Denied VA Disability Compensation
If you applied for VA disability on your own and received a denial, we can help you navigate the appeals process, giving you the best chance of overturning VA’s decision not to grant you disability benefits.
How to Appeal a Denial of VA Disability Benefits
VA offers applicants denied disability the opportunity to appeal its decision. The process used to be labyrinthian, notorious for its seemingly endless wait times. But in 2017, Congress passed and the president signed into law a sweeping reform of the VA disability appeal process. The changes to the law are complex. Some changes are available now to those Veterans who opt-in to the program. The full appeals reform process is not yet in effect. At the earliest, appeals reform may go into effect in February 2019
A veterans disability lawyer from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers will review your case and denial and fight for the best chance of a successful appeal. Call 888-612-7001 for a free case evaluation.
Call 888-612-7001 Today for a Free Case Evaluation With George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers
If you are a disabled veteran in Georgia, our veterans’ disability team wants to help you get approved for VA benefits. We offer a free case evaluation, and we never collect a fee until we recover benefits for you.
Speak with a member of our team today by calling 888-612-7001.