Recognizing the great sacrifice made by many veterans who sustained service-connected injuries on behalf of their country, both federal and state governments provide eligible veterans with benefits to cover some of their losses.
Generally, disability compensation is provided on a monthly basis, although the exact amount varies depending on the degree of the veteran’s injury, which is rated on a scale of ten to 100 percent. Unfortunately, filing claims for benefits can be complicated, even for qualifying veterans, so it is critical for disabled service members to contact an experienced veterans benefits attorney before beginning the claim filing process.
As a Chicago VA accredited attorney, James R. Comerford is uniquely equipped to help disabled veterans obtain the benefits they deserve. In fact, those who are not accredited by the VA are legally prohibited from helping claimants prepare, present, or prosecute claims before the VA, so if you sustained a service-connected injury and are suffering from a disability as a result, don’t hesitate to contact us today for a free consultation.
Veterans who sustain service-connected injuries during active military service may qualify for a tax-free benefit provided by the federal government. This includes coverage for:
Like other veterans benefits, federal disability payments vary depending on the seriousness of the disability, with totally disabling injuries receiving 100 percent compensation. Benefits include coverage for medical treatment and rehabilitation, in addition to job training and lost wages.
Federal law only provides disability benefits to veterans who were injured while on active duty, which leaves many veterans without coverage. Fortunately, Illinois law steps in to cover residents who were injured while on active duty, while training for active or inactive duty, or while receiving VA healthcare. However, only those who can prove that they have a service-related disability and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable will be eligible for these payments.
Illinois also offers a disability pension to veterans who were not dishonorably discharged and:
Veterans who can satisfy these elements are eligible to collect a monthly pension payment to help supplement their income.
Service members who served in specific wars also automatically receive federal benefits. For instance, those who served during the Vietnam War between 1962 and 1975 are presumed to have been exposed to dangerous herbicides like Agent Orange, which have been linked to a number of deadly cancers. Gulf War veterans who suffer from chronic disabilities that have no medical explanation also qualify for benefits if they can prove that their symptoms appeared during the Gulf War or had begun to manifest by 2011. Finally, any service member who was imprisoned during military service can collect benefits if they suffer from heart disease, anxiety, psychosis, or stroke.
To speak with an experienced VA accredited lawyer about your own claim for veterans benefits, please call The Comerford Law Office, LLC at 312-863-8572 today.
I contacted Jim after my first denial for SS Disability. He was referred to me by a good friend who had retained him for her Disability odyssey as well. My Disability case was somewhat difficult because I didn’t have a nice, large cache of medical documentation to back up my claim. Despite this and other complications Jim helped me get through my hearing and I received a fully favorable decision from the Judge and now I am just waiting to start receiving my benefits,
James is an absolutely great lawyer. He fully understands his area of expertise, he’s quick to answer any questions with clear, concise directions on how to proceed. His insight into understanding how to navigate with many case laws and government agencies helped me as his client better understand the case law and it’s ways. James is quick to answer emails and phone calls, and made me feel very comfortable. I highly, highly recommended James for his case law specialties. A professional and true gentleman, even when I would ramble on with worry, James was very understanding and able to put my concerns at ease.
Jim is absolutely one of the nicest, most compassionate, and intelligent lawyers out there. He is fast to answer any question with clear, concise direction. His insight into understanding how to navigate with many government agencies helps his clients in many ways. Jim is quick to answer emails and calls, and makes his clients feel very comfortable. Highly, highlyrecommended.
Jim is a good lawyer that helped us through a difficult purchase of our home(he also was the lawyer for the sale of our previous home).
We had quite a few issues with the details of the purchase with both the bank and the seller that James made sure were resolved as quickly as possible. When the selling lawyer would not respond to phone calls/emails Jim physically went to the lawyer’s office and made sure that the final details were pushed through.
I would recommend Jim as an attorney as he is very knowledgeable and thorough on the work that he does.
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