Veterans Disability Benefits
If you or a loved one are unable to work due to a service-related injury, or disease service-related disability, you may be entitled to veterans disability compensation. It is crucial that you understand your legal rights and the options that are available to you. Click here to speak to an experienced Georgetown Veterans Disability Benefits attorney today to find out how we can help you.
Snow & Woods, Attorneys at Law, LLC are experienced South Carolina attorneys who can help you obtain the benefits you are entitled to as a result of your military service. Applying for veterans disability benefits can be overwhelming and require extensive documentation to support your claim. Our knowledgeable attorneys have helped many clients successfully navigate the time-consuming and often frustrating process of securing veterans disability benefits.
How is Your VA Disability Benefit Determined?
The amount of benefits you are entitled to depend on the extent of your disability. During your application, the VA will assess your disability on a scale of 0 to 100. The higher your rating, the larger the benefits check is. If your limitations are particularly severe or you have lost a limb, or if you have a spouse, child or dependent parent, or if you have a severely disabled spouse you could be entitled to more benefits. If you aren’t sure how much you may be entitled to, contact out Georgetown veterans disability attorney today for confidential advice.
What are the Two Basic Types of Compensation for Disabled Veterans?
Disability compensation may be available to veterans who have disabling injuries or mental conditions that were caused by military service and/or aggravated by active duty. You are not required to have experienced combat to receive disability compensation. You may also be eligible for veterans disability benefits even if you are employed — and there is no cap on your income if you qualify.
Non-service-connected pension is a benefit available to veterans who have a low income and were severely disabled after their military service. It is possible for a veteran to receive benefits under both of these programs if they meet the eligibility requirements.
What are Disabling Injuries for Veterans?
The most common disabilities that veterans seek benefits for include:
Post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that occurs as a result of traumatic events, including war. Many veterans suffer from PTSD as a result of the traumatizing events they have experienced or witnessed. PTSD can have a debilitating effect on those affected and can require extensive medical documentation to prove.
The loss of limbs is a devastatingly common effect of war and is often the result of explosives used in combat. The loss of a limb requires extensive physical rehabilitation and the ongoing use of prostheses, making returning to civilian life and working difficult.
Traumatic brain injury can be caused by a sudden impact to the head, as well as the rapid movement of the brain inside the skull.
Exposure to toxins and diseases such as malaria, West Nile virus, and tuberculosis can be life-threatening. The VA allows for a presumption of certain illnesses to be caused by military services, such as Gulf War syndrome and the effects of Agent Orange.
Hypertension is also a common symptom experienced by veterans due to prolonged exposure to high-stress situations and toxins. High blood pressure increased the likelihood of heart attacks, heart failure, aneurysms, and strokes.
Eye damage is another common injury that veterans suffer from due to exposure to flying shrapnel during combat situations.
Radiation exposure is hazardous and can cause radiation poisoning. Even if you only spend a few minutes exposed, you are at an increased risk for developing many different cancers and dying prematurely.
If you have sustained any of the above injuries while serving your country, you may be eligible for disability benefits. Speak to one of our Georgetown Veterans Disability Benefits attorneys to discuss your options and learn how you can apply for veterans disability benefits.
What to do if Your Veterans Disability Benefit is Rejected
If your Veterans Disability Benefit has been rejected, you may feel let down and disheartened — but don’t lose faith. You can appeal the VA’s decision with the help of a Georgetown Veterans disability benefits attorney from Snow & Woods, Attorneys at Law, LLC.
Our experienced Georgetown attorneys can help you to file a Notice of Disagreement (NOD), to the VA. A Notice of Disagreement is a written statement that says you disagree with the VA’s decision and you are appealing the decision.
From there the VA will open up a Statement of the Case (SOC), and you will receive a VA Form 9 (Substantive Appeal form) This form is used to request a review of your case by the VA’s Board of Veteran Appeals.
It is crucial that you fill out Form 9 entirely and accurately. The veterans disability benefits attorneys at Snow & Woods, Attorneys at Law, LLC can help you to ensure that Form 9 is filled out correctly and states the strongest points of your case. We have helped many of our clients across the state of South Carolina to win their Veterans Disability Benefits appeal.
If you’re disabled and have served our country we want to personally thank you. Call one of our knowledgeable and experienced Georgetown personal injury attorneys so that we can discuss an in-depth case evaluation with you and help you receive the Veterans Disability Benefits that you deserve.