If you are a Hoffman Estates resident who developed any kind of disabling medical condition because of an injury, illness, or event that occurred during your active duty military service, you may be entitled to certain disability benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. You could be eligible for these VA disability benefits whether you are partially or fully disabled, and a Hoffman Estates VA disability lawyer can help you recover all of the benefits you are entitled to.
Obtaining benefits can often be incredibly difficult, and many people experience denials of their initial claim. However, many veterans are able to obtain disability benefits through the appeals process. A lawyer will be able to help you navigate these challenges and help you submit the strongest possible case to the VA to get the benefits you need and deserve.
For a VA claim appeal to be successful, you will have to demonstrate three things to the VA: That an event, injury, or illness occurred during your military service; that you have a current diagnosis of a medical condition that is considered disabling by the VA; and that a specific event, illness, or injury in your military service caused or contributed to your condition.
In some situations, the VA will automatically assume your condition is linked to your military service. Such an assumption is referred to as a presumptive service connection, and you could receive a grant under this provision when you served in a certain capacity and later developed health problems. Many Vietnam veterans, for example, qualify for presumptive service connections for a host of conditions due to exposure to Agent Orange during the war.
When the VA does not presume a service connection, you can gather evidence to link your condition to your military service. A service record and your medical history, lab tests, doctor statements, expert witness testimony, and other forms of evidence can help prove to the VA that your medical condition arose due to a specific event in your military service.
The amount of compensation you receive for veteran disability benefits will depend on your combined disability rating. Based on the extent of your injuries or condition, you will receive a rating of 0 to 100 percent in 10 percent increments. A zero percent rating results in no monthly compensation but could involve possible ancillary benefits such as health care, while a 100 percent combined rating results in the highest monthly benefit.
Are you struggling with the VA disability claim process? Contact Comerford Law Office, LLC as soon as you can to get experienced legal help with the entire process.
Our firm has handled scores of disability claims and knows what it takes to be successful. You can call us or contact us online to receive a free consultation that will allow us to really examine your case and help you understand what steps you will be able to take.