Some veterans in Tennessee are receiving thousands of dollars a month in veterans disability benefit payments, while other VA disability payments are available to veterans with dependent children or parents. Widows who have lost veterans due to service-connected injuries could be eligible for dependency and indemnity compensation benefits, and anybody needing help obtaining these benefits should speak to a VA lawyer in Knoxville.
There are many different kinds of veterans disability benefits cases in Tennessee. Some veterans are dealing with the consequences of Agent Orange exposure, others are dealing with debilitating mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
There are several mental and physical conditions that could qualify you for veterans benefits in Tennessee. When your impairment is directly related to your military service, it can be considered service-connected.
Some of the most common impairments include:
Whether you will be starting a new claim or are filing an appeal, your process will begin by gathering evidence to prove that you have a current diagnosis of a medical condition and that some illness, event, or injury you suffered during your military service caused you to develop the condition. Depending on specifics surrounding your military service, the VA may presume a service connection.
The VA may automatically classify your medical condition as connected to your military service, for example, when a Vietnam veteran develops type 2 diabetes because of their exposure to Agent Orange. Even when your condition does not qualify for a presumption, you can establish a service connection by accumulating evidence and building a compelling link between your military service and your medical condition.
Every veteran’s disability case will be different. The evidence you might need to gather for your claim can include medical records, military service personnel records, physicians’ statements, and testimony from yourself, your family, your friends, fellow service members, and medical experts.
The combined disability rating you receive will determine the amount of monthly compensation you are awarded. A combined rating can range from 0 percent to 100 percent in increments of 10 percent, and people who receive a combined rating of 10 percent or higher are eligible for monthly compensation.
It is important for all veterans to keep in mind that initial denials are never the end of the road. There are many options available to veterans after receiving denials from the VA. Every veteran who gets a denial has the right to pursue an appeal.
The rules for VA disability appeals were updated in 2017 by the Appeals Modernization Act, and while some appeals are still pending under the legacy process, veterans filing new appeals can now choose one of three decision review options. The options can include a Higher Level Review, Supplemental Claim, or a Direct Appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
The many options a veteran can pursue when it comes to an appeal may include either formal hearings or submitting more evidence to be considered by the Board. Formal hearings allow veterans to present their case before a judge who will make a determination..
If you are a veteran who is struggling to secure the compensation you need for your service-related disability, you do not have to handle everything by yourself. The Comerford Law Office, LLC can represent you during every step of the process and will know how to navigate the system so you can have the best chance of obtaining compensation as soon as possible.
Our firm works very closely with every veteran we serve, so you will always get prompt answers to every question or concern you have. Call us or contact us online for a free consultation so we will be able to get a better understanding of the details of your case and then outline a legal strategy to help you get what you need and deserve.