Filing a claim for veterans disability benefits can be difficult, as claimants are required to comply with a series of complex procedural rules and deadlines. Failing to adhere to these rules can result in the unfair denial of a claim.
So if you or a loved one was injured while serving your country, it is important to contact an experienced VA disability lawyer NWI who can ensure that your claim is filed properly and on time.
Disability benefits help veterans pay for medical treatment, rehabilitation, ongoing care, and support after sustaining service-connected injuries, whether physical, such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or hearing loss, or mental, such as PTSD or cognitive impairment. Regardless of whether an injury is physical or mental in nature, it must be rated by the Veterans Administration (VA), which rates injuries on a scale of 10 to 100% disabling, with 100% representing total disability. The amount that a disabled veteran can expect to collect will be based on the severity of this rating.
It is important to keep in mind that disabilities that can be directly linked to active service are not the only types of injuries that are compensable under federal law, as veterans could also qualify for benefits for:
In certain cases, veterans are not even required to provide evidence of a rated disability, but are presumed to be eligible for these benefits.
Veterans who served in certain wars, including the Vietnam and Gulf Wars, are automatically presumed to have been exposed to dangerous chemicals, such as Agent Orange, a tactical herbicide used by the U.S. Armed Forces from 1962 to 1975 and has since been linked to a number of deadly illnesses, including respiratory cancers, soft tissue sarcomas, and non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. For this reason, veterans who can prove that they served during this time in certain covered areas automatically qualify for disability benefits, which take the form of monthly payments. Similarly, anyone who was held as a Prisoner of War (POW) for more than 30 days are presumed to have suffered from malnutrition, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic dysentery, cirrhosis of the liver, and peripheral neuropathy. Finally, veterans who participated in atomic testing and who were later diagnosed with lymphoma or leukemia also qualify for a monetary benefit.
In addition to these federal benefits, Indiana law also gives qualifying veterans employment assistance, remits tuition for their children, and assists with property tax abatement. For help determining whether you or a loved one are eligible for these benefits, please contact our legal team today.
For help filing your own disability claim, please contact the dedicated VA disability legal team at The Comerford Law Office, LLC. You can also reach us via online message.