United States Armed Forces veterans who are injured in the line of duty or have conditions that are service-related may be eligible for benefits through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Obtaining benefits is not as simple as just applying, and many veterans who need help will want to hire a knowledgeable Knoxville veterans benefits attorney.
For veterans, disabilities can have profound effects on their employment prospects and also make day-to-day living difficult. Even when a veteran has health issues directly connected to their military service, the VA may either deny their disability claim or assign them a disability rating that does not accurately reflect the severity of their condition.
Proving eligibility for VA benefits can be a daunting task. You will have to demonstrate that you are experiencing a mental or physical condition that disables you to some significant degree and also that you served in active duty at some point in your life.
Besides those two points, you also have to prove a link between your current condition and your time serving in the military. The condition must have started while you were in service, was made worse by service, or was developed over time due to your service.
Many people apply for VA disability benefits every year, so the application process involves several steps and can be very detailed. Many veterans’ disability applications are initially denied for failing to prove a direct correlation between a disability and military service, while others get denials because the claim process was not completed correctly..
There are several types of service-related disability benefits you could be eligible for.. While some categories are among the largest and most well-known, there are other lesser-known claims that you can make to get your proper benefits.
For many conditions and disabilities, the VA is likely to deem you eligible for compensation. For example, a prisoner of war (POW) for any length of time may have a number of conditions they can claim that the VA will grant benefits for with much less resistance.
People who served in Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, can be eligible for benefits coverage because it is assumed they were exposed to the chemical Agent Orange during their service. Agent Orange has connections to various diseases.
When a veteran’s home is no longer suitable for them because of their condition, they can apply for a housing grant to modify their existing home or buy and modify a new one to meet their needs. These grants are most often given to veterans who have lost a limb or are experiencing a serious reduction in functionality and mobility as a result of their service.
Did you need help appealing a VA disability claim denial? The Comerford Law Office, LLC has a record of success that includes hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefits for veterans.
Our firm assists clients with such impairments as military sexual trauma (MST), psychiatric and mental illness, cognitive impairments, other physical impairments, loss of a limb, loss of vision, loss of hearing (tinnitus), traumatic brain injury (TBI), Gulf War syndrome, illness from Agent Orange exposure, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You can call us or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation that will allow us to sit down with you and review the details of your case in depth while explaining all of your legal options.