VA Disability Benefits

You stepped up when our country needed you. Don’t let the government undervalue the price you paid for your service.

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Approximately 3.5 million veterans in the United States have a disability that hinders them from finding meaningful work and lowers their quality of life. Many disabled veterans, however, are unaware that they may be qualified for veterans' disability payments.

The attorneys at Kerr Robichaux and Carroll have extensive experience assisting veterans and their families to get the benefits they deserve. The VA makes it difficult for disabled veterans to obtain the assistance they require. Our firm has the resources, reputation, and experience necessary to take on the VA and win.

What Benefits Are Available to Disabled Veterans?

Veterans who become ill or wounded while serving in the military or whose service exacerbated an existing illness are eligible for VA disability compensation (pay). Physical illnesses and mental health issues that arose before, during, or after service may qualify you for VA disability compensation. If you or a loved one suffers from one of these ailments and need VA disability payments, seek legal advice as soon as possible to ensure a smooth application process.

If Your Benefits Are Denied, You Don't Have to Appeal the VA's Decision Alone

The VA may refuse a claim for various reasons, including a lack of proof that the impairment occurred while serving in the military or insufficient evidence that the debilitating condition still exists. You can and should appeal your VA decision if you've applied for VA service-connected disability benefits and been rejected or given a disability rating you don't agree with.

You have a few choices for appealing a denied application for service-connected compensation payments. However, all of the alternatives have one thing in common: you have one year from the date of your decision to file an appeal. The appeal and hearing system is complicated, and each option has its benefits and drawbacks. Whether or not a hearing is required, an expert veteran’s benefits attorney can thoroughly explain your legal rights and argue for your interests.

When the VA Reduces A Veteran's Disability Compensation Benefits, We Fight Back.

It can certainly be disheartening to find out that your disability benefits are going to be decreased after years of struggling through all the hassles and eventually getting disability benefits from the VA.

Before they may lawfully cut your benefits, the VA must follow specific legal criteria, such as keeping you informed of what you need to do to maintain your benefits and properly evaluating your medical records. As soon as you get a letter from the VA in which they indicate that they are proposing to reduce your Veteran Disability Compensation Benefits, it is vital to act immediately. There are things that a qualified and zealous attorney can do early on to stop the reduction process or ensure that the veteran has a greater chance of overturning the reduction at a Board of Veterans' Appeals (BVA), or a Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims (CAVC) hearing later on.

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There are many steps along the road to obtaining disability benefits. We know every detail about the claims process.

VA Disability FAQ

How Can I Determine Whether I'm Eligible for VA Benefits?

A veteran must meet three basic requirements to qualify for disability benefits from the VA:

  • Have a current medically diagnosed disability;
  • Have had a disease, injury, or medical event while serving in the military; and
  • The current disability must be related to the disease, injury, or event from the Veteran's service time.
What Disabilities Qualify Me for VA Benefits?

The following is a list of current qualifying injuries, illnesses, and disorders for VA disability compensation. Not all qualifying injuries and illnesses are included here, and the VA's list of qualifying conditions is updated on a regular basis.

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Agent Orange, mustard gas, or herbicide exposure
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Diabetes
  • Radiation exposure
  • Arthritis
  • Knee injuries
  • Fibromyalgia

Since many debilitating conditions are not frequently detected until many years after the veteran's military duty has finished, establishing that a veteran's condition is related to their military service is the most difficult part of a veteran’s disability claim.

Can a Veteran Receive Both VA and Social Security Benefits?

Yes. Both VA service-connected disability benefits and Social Security Disability benefits are available to veterans. It is important to remember, however, that receiving one does not ensure receiving the other. Note, however, that the needs-based programs, Supplemental Security Income and the VA Non-Service Connected Pension, are offset by unearned income and you cannot receive both.

Can I Increase My VA Disability Rating?

In a case where the condition for which you have a VA service connection has gotten worse, you can make a claim for an increased rating using the basic claims form or a letter to your regional office stating that your condition has worsened and that you need to have it reevaluated.

Why You Need a Professional Veteran’s Disability Lawyer in Your Corner

Veteran's Disability Law is a challenging area of the law to understand. Veterans could not employ VA disability attorneys to represent them before the Regional Office or the BVA before 2006. At that time, Congress amended the legislation, recognizing that veterans should have the ability to employ VA claim lawyers in this critical area of law. It is important that you engage a VA claims lawyer to assist you in your VA disability compensation claim.

With the team of experienced VA disability attorneys at Kerr Robichaux & Carroll supporting you, the benefits application process will proceed much more easily, and you have a far higher chance of success.

Contact our Trusted VA Disability Lawyers Today

At Kerr Robichaux & Carroll our mission is to help disabled veterans win the maximum benefits for their disability claim. Our attorneys have years of expertise assisting US Veterans with service-connected disability compensation claims. We won’t accept "no" for an answer. Don’t delay, call us at (503) 255-9092 or 1-800-630-4SSD (4773) or fill out the contact form below today.

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