If you or a loved one is looking to obtain veterans’ disability benefits, you can file a claim with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). According to the VA, you have to meet certain requirements to qualify for benefits. Unfortunately, far too many veterans attempt to take on this challenging claim process alone and may commit errors or oversights that prevent them from receiving accurate disability ratings and fair compensation.
When you place your trust in the South Carolina veterans’ disability claim process lawyers at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, you can focus on your health while we handle your claim. We offer FREE case reviews to help you better understand how we can guide you through the VA claim process.
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Filing a VA disability Claim in South Carolina
Prior to filing a VA disability claim, veterans should understand if they meet eligibility criteria, which include, among others, having a service-connected disability. They must not have received a dishonorable discharge, either.
Examples of qualifying disabilities may include:
- Physical injuries
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Post-service disabilities
- Hazardous material exposure
- Loss of limbs
- Loss of the use of parts of your body
Our legal team can review your situation to help you determine your eligibility. We can then help you construct a case, which will involve gathering medical records and documentation to prove your disability and its severity. We can then submit the claim online or through a VA regional office.
How the Claim Process Works
The claim process involves the following steps:
- A claim is filed and then reviewed by a Veterans Service Representative.
- The Veterans Service Representative may request additional evidence to support your claim, either from you, a doctor, a government agency, or another source.
- The Veterans Service Representative will recommend a decision and prepare documents that detail how and why they came to that decision.
- The decision recommendation is reviewed, and the VA will make a final award approval.
- If you received an unfair decision or a disability rating you believe is too low, you have the right to disagree and file an appeal.
Regardless of what your disability may involve, our firm focuses on building the strongest possible claim. The VA disability claim process does take time, and we want to help veterans file complete and accurate claims to avoid any unnecessary delays.
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You Have a Right to Hire a Lawyer to Complete Your Veterans’ Disability Claim
Claiming veterans’ disability benefits can get complicated. A simple mistake in your paperwork can lead to a denial of benefits. You do not have to go through this process alone, though. You have a right to hire a lawyer to handle your claim while you rest and recover.
Our legal team can:
- Gather evidence for your claim
- Review medical documentation to ensure it is accurate and up to date
- File your claim and handle all the associated paperwork
- Determine why you received a denial of benefits
- Appeal your claim
- Request reconsideration of your claim
- Prepare you for a hearing before a Veterans Law Judge (VLJ)
When you work with us, we will treat you like family. We advocate for disabled veterans, and we want to see how our lawyers can help you.
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Our Attorneys Make Our Legal Services Affordable
You do not have to pay out of pocket when you work with our law firm. We handle veterans’ disability claims on a contingency-fee basis, meaning we only take our fee if we secure compensation for you.*
This way, you do not have to risk any further financial loss to hire legal representation. You have enough to deal with when tending to your injuries.
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The Importance of Following Through with Your Medical Treatment
The VA may recommend you see an authorized physician who can assess your injuries, provide a prognosis, and assign a disability rating. It is important to follow through with any prescribed treatment plan. You should also make sure to show up to any doctor’s appointments throughout your recovery.
Your doctor will monitor your recovery and determine when or if you have reached your maximum medical recovery. If you do not follow through with these requirements, the VA may deny or cease your benefits.
Do not let your chance to recover compensation slip away. Report any symptoms and side effects to your doctor so they can give you an accurate diagnosis and prognosis.
You May Still Have Options If You Received a Denial of Benefits
VA can deny a claim for a variety of reasons, but it can be complicated to determine where yours went wrong. If you receive a denial of benefits, you still have options, and we will continue to pursue your fair benefits.
We can navigate the various steps of appealing a denial of benefits. We may begin by reviewing your initial claim to determine if your evidence is accurate and up to date. We can help submit additional information for reconsideration.
We may also have to request a hearing with a Veterans Law Judge (VLJ). We can prepare you for this hearing so you know what to expect and what to do. Do not be discouraged if you receive a denial of benefits. Let us handle your appeal so you can continue to focus on your health.
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As a veteran himself, Attorney George Sink and his firm, George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, are committed to helping disabled veterans navigate the VA claim and appeal process. If you would like more information about your case and how our firm can help, give us a call at (888) 612-7001 for a FREE case review.
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