Military veterans who are wounded, injured, or develop a serious medical condition while in the line of duty are entitled to receive veterans benefits for their injuries. These benefits are meted out by the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA).
You will be required to file a petition for benefits with them. While applying for benefits is not necessarily difficult, the process of proving that your condition is related to your military service can sometimes be tricky. In those cases, it helps to have an attorney on your side who understands the process and how the VBA makes decisions.
The attorneys at Comerford Law Office are proud to represent Illinois and Indiana veterans across a wide variety of legal issues. If you want someone to assist you with the process of applying for benefits or need help filing a form 9 or a notice of disagreement to launch an appeal on your denied claim, our attorneys can assist you through all phases of the process. Contact our law office either by phone or online and we can get started right away.
Applying for the benefits is the easy part. You can do so in one of three ways:
You or a representative can fill out the forms or apply for benefits. If you have an attorney, we will take care of this for you.
You do not need to submit any medical information or military information to the VBA when you are applying for benefits. They will ask you for that information later. On your end, you simply need to discuss your symptoms, when you started noticing them, how frequently they occur, and how they impact your daily life. You want to keep this simple, If you have multiple medical conditions, you should only list the ones that you believe were caused in the line of duty or form the basis of your claim. The more conditions you list, the longer the processing time will be.
In the event that your claim is denied, you are entitled to file an appeal with the VBA. It is at this point that many veterans enlist the aid of an attorney to help manage their claim. You will be required to list the reasons why you believe the VBA has made an error denying your claim. This requires filing a notice of disagreement with the VBA.
The attorneys at Comerford Law Office can help you manage every step in the filing of a veterans benefits claim. Our attorneys have successfully managed numerous claims that were initially denied on appeal. Give us a call or contact us online for more information.
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,
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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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