Each year, the VA fields thousands of applications related to VA disability benefits. Veterans applying for the first time can find the process frustrating and complicated, which is why a VA attorney is an important resource. The Nashville veterans’ benefits lawyers at The Comerford Law Office, LLC have decades of experience helping United States veterans file VA disability claims. Learn more about the application process below and what the VA needs to see in order to grant you the benefits you need to support yourself and your family.
Veterans can apply for compensation as long as their disability is ongoing and was caused by service, although the medical documentation needed for approval varies depending on the disability. To qualify for VA disability benefits, you must be able to establish that you were an active-duty member of the United States armed forces, with an other-than-dishonorable discharge, and meet minimum service requirements. Lastly, you will need to prove that the service-connected disability is still present.
Logistically, one of the most difficult elements to prove is often how the injury was acquired. The VA can deny a claim on the basis that you cannot prove it was connected to your military service. They can also admit that your disability is related to your medical service, but rate it so low that you do not receive benefits from it. Working with a VA attorney helps you achieve better results in less time. We can help you navigate the process to seek the benefits that your family needs.
Our experienced VA attorneys at The Comerford Law Office, LLC help clients receive compensation for service-connected disabilities so that they can receive the medical care they need. Once your application has been denied, you must appeal the decision. Once you have an open appeal with the VA, a VA disability attorney can help you pursue the benefits you deserve. We will review the reasons why the VA rejected your application and coordinate with your doctors, former military associates, family, friends, former employers, and vocational counselors to present an ironclad case file to the VA.
In other cases, the VA will approve an application but your disability rating will be too low to either receive benefits or receive enough benefits considering your work capacity. In these cases, we can file an appeal and provide evidence that your disability affects your quality of life and employability to help you receive the benefits needed to support you and your loved ones.
Typically, the VA has a chart or schedule on which such determinations are made. If your disability does not qualify for a full benefits package, our attorneys can argue that the chart or schedule should not apply to your claim.
The Comerford Law Office, LLC represents the interests of injured military personnel in VA disability claims. Call our Nashville veterans’ benefits lawyer today and we can begin preparing your appeal.