Atlanta Veterans Disability Lawyer's Serving Georgia's Disabled

If you are a U.S. military veteran, and you have suffered a new or worsened mental or physical health condition that prevents you from working or engaging in any type of substantial gainful activity (SGA), you could be entitled to VA disability benefits.

Atlanta Veterans’ Disability Lawyers

Filing a VA Disability Claim in Fulton County, GA 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers monthly compensation, free from taxation, to former U.S. military personnel who have sustained injuries or are presently enduring chronic disabilities attributable to their service, as well as those whose existing conditions have worsened due to their duties in the service. Veterans may be eligible for benefits arising from physical or psychological conditions that emerged during or subsequent to their military tenure.

Contact our team at Affleck & Gordon today to discover more, including how our Atlanta-based attorneys specializing in veterans' disability matters can aid you in your claim. With over 45 years of experience and a practice exclusively focused on disability law, we possess the expertise required to effectively advocate for your entitlements and safeguard your financial stability.

Understanding VA Disability Benefits

Injuries sustained during military service are frequent occurrences, as are mental health issues arising from the demanding nature of active duty, including conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The VA extends monthly benefits to eligible U.S. military veterans, and in certain instances, to their dependents, aiming to support those grappling with a range of physical and mental health challenges that significantly affect their lives and earning capacity for themselves and their families. The VA disability coverage also encompasses chronic ailments and preexisting conditions aggravated by military service, provided a clear link to the service period can be established.

The precise amount of monthly compensation hinges on various factors, including:

  • The severity of the injury, illness, or medical condition
  • The extent to which the injury impairs activities like range of motion, standing, walking, or other physical endeavors
  • The assigned "impairment rating" ranging from 0 to 100%
  • Whether the disability renders you unemployable
  • Whether you have dependents such as a spouse or child
  • Whether your spouse is severely disabled

Our experienced attorneys are available to meet with you to delve into the specifics of your circumstances, including the potential amount you could receive in VA disability benefits. We encourage you to arrange a complimentary consultation with our team at your earliest convenience.

Applying for VA Disability Benefits 

The most efficient method to apply for benefits is through the VA's official website, utilizing the online application portal. Alternatively, applications can be submitted via mail or in person.

During the application process, you will be required to furnish a variety of documents and information pertinent to your claim, including but not limited to:

  • Medical records from both military and civilian hospitals
  • Detailed information concerning your disability or medical condition
  • Documentation pertaining to your military service
  • Discharge paperwork from the military
  • Information elucidating the exacerbation of your disability
  • Optional supplementary statements from acquaintances, family members, or fellow servicemembers

Our legal team can assist you in compiling and submitting all requisite documentation alongside your claim. Providing comprehensive information bolsters your chances of a successful disability benefits claim. Nevertheless, it's not uncommon for even meticulously prepared applications to encounter hurdles. Hence, it's advisable to anticipate potential requests for additional information from the VA subsequent to the initial submission.

Common Reasons VA Benefits Are Denied

VA disability benefits may be denied for a variety of reasons, some of which are common across applications. These reasons include:

  • Lack of Sufficient Medical Evidence: One of the primary reasons for denial is insufficient medical evidence to support the claim. The VA requires thorough documentation of the medical condition, including diagnosis, treatment history, and the impact of the condition on daily life. Inadequate medical records or incomplete documentation can lead to denial.
  • Failure to Establish Service Connection: To qualify for VA disability benefits, the condition must be connected to military service. If there is insufficient evidence linking the current disability to service-related incidents or if the condition existed prior to military service without aggravation during service, the claim may be denied.
  • Disagreement with Medical Evaluation: The VA may conduct its own medical examinations to assess the severity and impact of the claimed disability. If the results of these examinations conflict with the evidence provided by the claimant or their private medical providers, it can lead to denial.
  • Inconsistencies or Gaps in the Application: Any inconsistencies or gaps in the application, such as missing information or conflicting statements, can raise doubts about the validity of the claim and result in denial.
  • Failure to Attend Examinations or Provide Information: If the claimant fails to attend scheduled medical examinations or provide requested information or documentation within the specified timeframe, the VA may deny the claim due to lack of cooperation.
  • Disability Rating Below the Minimum Threshold: The VA assigns disability ratings based on the severity of the condition, ranging from 0% to 100%. If the assigned rating falls below the minimum threshold required for eligibility, the claim may be denied.
  • Lack of Permanent Disability: VA disability benefits are generally reserved for permanent disabilities or conditions expected to last for a prolonged period. Temporary or short-term conditions may not meet the eligibility criteria and could be denied.
  • Failure to Meet Specific Eligibility Criteria: Certain disabilities or conditions may have specific eligibility criteria outlined by the VA. If the claimant fails to meet these criteria, their claim may be denied.

When facing a denied VA benefits claim, seeking legal representation from Affleck & Gordon can make all the difference. Our experienced attorneys are dedicated to advocating for veterans and will tirelessly fight to ensure that your rights are protected. From reviewing your denial notice to representing you in appeals hearings, we will guide you through every step of the process with compassion and expertise. 

From our office in Atlanta, we serve clients throughout Fulton County, GA. Call (404) 990-3945 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team today.

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What Happens If Your VA Disability Claim Is Denied? 

If the VA denies your disability claim, you can appeal this decision. You have several options, including requesting a supplemental claim, a higher-level review, or a hearing before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA) in Washington, D.C. 

At Affleck & Gordon, our Atlanta VA disability appeals attorneys have helped tens of thousands of clients—including veterans from all branches of the U.S. military—fight back against denied disability claims. We can review your options with you during a free and confidential consultation, providing the information you need to make empowered decisions about your claim and your future. 

If your claim has been denied, appealing—rather than starting the process over—is your best option. We strongly recommend that you work with a skilled lawyer, like ours at Affleck & Gordon, for help with this process. 

There are no attorney fees unless/until we recover benefits for you. Call us at (404) 990-3945 or contact us online to get started with a free consultation.

Request a Consultation with Our VA Disability Lawyers in Atlanta Today

Wherever you are in the VA disability claims process, Affleck & Gordon can help. Our attorneys are here to answer your questions and help you gather the critical evidence you need to support your claim. We can help ensure that you do not make any mistakes on your initial application, and we can assist you in appealing the VA’s decision if it denies your claim. 

Throughout the process, we offer highly personalized and compassionate legal support. We know that this is a stressful time in your life; our goal is to make the process of receiving benefits as easy and hassle-free as possible. Our team is proud to serve veterans who have put their lives and their health at risk for our nation, and we encourage you to get in touch with us as soon as possible to learn how we can help with your claim. 

  1. You Deserve Dedicated Representation At Affleck & Gordon, we are committed to providing the highest possible legal counsel. We return calls promptly, keep you up to date on your case, and will always be there for you. We do not rest until you get what you deserve.
  2. You Deserve Experienced Counsel With over 45 years of experience and tens of thousands of individuals helped, our team has the skill, resources, and determination to aggressively and strategically evaluate, understand and fight your claim.
  3. You Deserve a Thorough Team The Affleck & Gordon team is not only committed to your case, but we are committed to you. We understand that this is your life and your future, and will diligently do everything on our end to obtain a favorable decision on your behalf.
  4. You Deserve Financial Security Your case is important to you, and it’s important to us. It represents how you will or will not be able to take care of your basic needs, as well as those of your family, for the foreseeable future. We are committed to fighting for what you deserve.

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