You may wonder why Chicago veterans applying for benefits require an attorney to represent them during the application process. Well, it can be difficult to get an application approved by the VA. Injured veterans must make a medical and legal argument for why they qualify under the fund, and the standard of proof is quite high. For that reason, a Chicago veterans disability benefits attorney can help.
The application process is not simple. Most applications are denied on the first try. The VA will then generally request more information from your doctors or vocational specialists concerning what tasks you can and cannot perform. Sometimes, it will not be apparent what information the VA is seeking. Other times, it may be very difficult to prove that your disability was a result of your military service and not some other event in your life.
A veteran applying for veterans’ benefits needs to prove that they have a substantial disability that impairs their ability to work and that the disability was a result of their military service. In some cases, this may be quite easy to prove. In other cases, it can be very difficult. Those who have sustained psychological injuries, traumatic brain injury, blindness, deafness, or other conditions that require subjective assessments of a doctor or self-reported symptoms can have a difficult time proving their case. In many cases, it may be difficult to determine how extensive a disability is and how much it prevents a veteran from working. In other cases, it may be difficult to link the disability to military service.
Because the application process is so complex, many veterans seek the aid of veterans’ benefits attorneys to manage the process for them. When you work with an attorney, we will be able to predict what types of information will be most likely to prove your case to the VA. We also have experience working with doctors and vocational counselors so that they can provide the information that the VA requests. In other words, a veterans’ benefits attorney can help you get your benefits more quickly and with less head-scratching and strife than someone who is applying on their own.
The attorneys at Comerford Law Office have successfully helped hundreds of area veterans apply for and receive the benefits to which they are entitled. If you have any questions about applying for VA benefits or need help with the appeals process, call our office today to learn more about how we can help.