According to the most recent data compiled and published by the United States Census Bureau, more than 3.7 million American veterans currently have ‘service connected disabilities’. Approximately one third of these veterans have a disability rating above 70 percent, which indicates the presence of a severely disabling condition.
Yet, sadly, even though veterans have given so much to our country, many of them have tremendous problems recovering the full and fair benefits they deserve under the law. Our veterans deserve better. If you are a veteran in Illinois and you need assistance obtaining your benefits, please reach out to our experienced Joliet veterans benefits attorneys today.
Our principal attorney James R. Comerford is officially accredited by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. He has the legal authorization needed to represent all veterans in their disability claims. Our team has extensive experience handling disability claims, some examples of cases we have handled include:
Of course, this is just a small sampling of the service-connected disability and conditions that we have seen. No matter your condition, our team can help. We review all veterans benefits claims for free, with no obligations to the applicant. After a comprehensive assessment of your case, our team will help determine if you qualify for benefits and assess your options.
The veterans disability benefits claims process is highly complex. For most people, it starts with filling out VA Form 21-526. This is the standard initial application form for benefits and pension benefits. Though, from there, veterans benefits cases can vary dramatically. Often, veterans and their families will need the assistance of a qualified attorney to seek the full and fair recovery they truly deserve.
The single biggest issues that veterans face are: 1) having their disability claim denied, or 2) having their disability assigned a ‘lower rating’ than is appropriate. The VA ratings decision occurs early on in the claims process and it is incredibly important; it will determine the extent to which a veteran is entitled to benefits. Though, the initial ratings decision is by no means final. Often it is incorrect, either because insufficient documents and information were supplied by the applicant or because of mistakes made by the VA. Regardless, our Joliet veterans benefits lawyers can help you take action to fight for your benefits.
At the Comerford Law Office, LLC, we are proud to support veterans and their families. Our founder and lead attorney, James R. Comerford is a member of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA), and he is committed to helping veterans seek proper care. To learn more about what our team can do to help you, please reach out to us today at 312-863-8572 to request your free legal consultation.
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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