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.
The U.S Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) provides monthly, tax-free compensation to former U.S. military servicemembers who were injured or are currently suffering from a chronic disability related to their time in service, as well as those whose preexisting conditions were exacerbated by their service-related duties. Veterans may qualify for benefits stemming from physical or mental conditions developed during or after their service.
Reach out to our team at Affleck & Gordon today to learn more, including how our Atlanta veterans’ disability lawyers can assist you with your claim. With more than 45 years of experience and a practice dedicated exclusively to disability law, we have what it takes to effectively represent your rights and protect your financial security.
Understanding VA Disability Benefits
Physical injuries during service are common, as are mental conditions brought on by the rigors of active duty, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). To help veterans who have suffered an array of physical and mental health conditions that have significantly impacted their lives, including their ability to earn income for themselves and their families, the VA provides monthly benefits to qualifying U.S. military veterans and, in some cases, their dependents. Chronic conditions and preexisting conditions made worse by your military service are also covered by VA disability in some situations where the connection to your time in service is established.
The exact amount in monthly payments you can receive depends on various factors, including:
- The severity of your injury, illness, or medical condition
- Whether your injury involves the loss of a limb
- Your overall “impairment rating” between 0 and 100%
- Whether your disability or condition makes you “unemployable”
- Whether you have dependents, such as a spouse or child
- Whether you have a spouse who is severely disabled
Our knowledgeable attorneys can meet with you to discuss the specifics of your situation, including how much you may be able to recover in VA disability benefits. We invite you to schedule a free consultation with our team at your earliest convenience.
Applying for VA Disability Benefits
The best and fastest way to apply for benefits is online through the VA’s government website. You can also apply by mail or in person.
When you apply, you will need to also submit a variety of documents and information related to your claim, including but not limited to:
- Military and civilian medical records
- Military and civilian hospital records
- Details about your disability/medical condition
- Information regarding your military service
- Military discharge paperwork
- Information regarding how your disability has worsened
- Optional supporting statements from friends, family members, fellow servicemembers, etc.
Our attorneys can assist you in gathering and submitting all necessary information with your claim. The more information you provide, the better your chances of successfully recovering disability benefits. However, even the most thoroughly prepared claims may still encounter issues. Do not be surprised if the VA requests additional information after you have submitted your initial application.
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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.
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.
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