This post describes the VA disability appeals process for decisions issued prior to February 19, 2019. Decisions received after that date are subject to the new VA appeals process.
Those who suffered service-connected disabilities while enlisted in the U.S. armed forces are entitled to apply for disability benefits to help offset the cost of living so long as their disability impacts their capacity to sustain gainful employment. The process of applying for VA disability benefits, however, is a grind and can be quite frustrating.
Chances are good that if you have made it to this page, then you have already had your application denied and are now enlisting the aid of a VA disability benefits attorney to help appeal your claim. Chicago VA disability benefits attorneys at The Comerford Law Office, LLC explain the process of applying for VA disability benefits.
A VA disability attorney can only enter the fray after your application has been denied. We help you appeal the decision. The majority of applications, regardless of how meritorious they are, tend to be denied on the first try. The reason for this denial is that the VA simply does not have enough information to process your application. In other words, you have failed to meet their high standard of proof.
This is where a VA disability attorney can help. We will file your appeal and all the necessary paperwork, then help you fill out your Form 9 with the help of your doctors, immediate family, social workers, and anyone else with knowledge of your case. We will take this information to vocational experts who can testify concerning your employment limitations and the type of work that would be available to someone with a similar disability.
The Comerford Law Office, LLC can also help former U.S. veterans appeal disability ratings. Often, in order to be considered for full benefits, you need a disability rating of 60% or higher or two combined disabilities that rate 70% or higher. Oftentimes, the VA will underrate applicants who then need to appeal their disability rating to get it increased. The Chicago VA disability attorneys at The Comerford Law Office, LLC can help you appeal your disability rating to be considered for TDIU (total disability individual unemployability) benefits.
So long as you are a former U.S. military veteran with a service-connected disability that prevents or impairs your ability to retain gainful employment, you are qualified to receive VA disability benefits. Our attorneys will work closely with you, former employers, your doctors, other health care specialists, and vocational counselors to help you build an ironclad case file and get the benefits you deserve. Call The Comerford Law Office, LLC today and we can begin the process immediately.