Every day, brave men and women choose to defend the United States of America from foreign threats. Each individual who joins the armed forces is promised that if they are ever injured as a result of their service to their country, they will receive the care and support they need to recover and move forward with their lives. This often includes financial compensation in the form of a regular monthly stipend to help them offset the cost of living. To qualify for these benefits, veterans must be able to prove that their disability is service-related and provide detailed records of how the disability impacts their life.
The process of applying for VA disability benefits is seldom easy to navigate. The vast majority of veterans’ claims are rejected on the first try. Fortunately, an appeals process is available, and many veterans are able to have their claims approved with the help of a qualified veterans’ legal advocate. If your VA disability claim was denied, the Evanston VA disability attorneys at The Comerford Law Office can help you file your appeal and prove your claim to the VA’s satisfaction.
With the recency of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there are many VA disability petitions being filed every day in the U.S. When evaluating these claims, the VA is expecting the applicant to meet three criteria.
When these criteria are met, a veteran’s claim will likely be approved. While this may seem straightforward enough, in reality, it can be quite complicated to “prove” your disability was either connected to your service or that it prevents you from doing work for which you are qualified. If your claim was denied, don’t give up. Reach out to an experienced VA benefits lawyer for help right away.
VA disability benefits include regular, nontaxable, monthly income. Veterans who require in-home nursing or other expenses can apply for special monthly compensation as well. When it is a family member who provides the in-home nursing, the compensation can be paid directly to them.
If your initial claim for VA disability benefits was denied and you believe you have a valid claim, you should appeal that decision. Three basic forms of appeal are available, and the requirements for having your denial reversed will depend on the type of appeal you pursue. The Evanston VA disability attorneys at The Comerford Law Office can help you understand these appeal options and which one may be best for your claim. We have successfully appealed many cases on behalf of Illinois veterans and helped our clients secure disability benefits that were unfairly denied.
For more information on appealing a VA disability claim denial, call The Comerford Law Office today to schedule a free consultation to discuss the details of your case.