Comerford Law Office provides legal services for veterans seeking veterans’ disability benefits.
James R. Comerford has fulfilled the United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs accreditation process and is authorized to represent Veterans obtain disability benefits
While many veterans were exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, the government long denied the connection between Agent Orange and serious illnesses suffered by veterans. While the government now recognizes the harmful health effects of Agent Orange, it can still be challenging to obtain benefits based on an Agent Orange-related disability. If you need assistance with a veterans disability claim, please seek assistance from skilled veterans disability benefits lawyer today.
There are many things you must prove in order to be approved for VA benefits for an Agent Orange-related disease. The following are brief descriptions of the qualifications:
Service – You must not only prove that you served in the Vietnam War but that you actually walked on land in Vietnam or traveled the waterways inland. If you only ever flew over the country, you will not be able to prove a connection to Agent Orange. There are some special exceptions for veterans who were stationed on ships offshore, who are known as “blue water veterans,” based on certain diagnoses. If you are unsure whether your water-based service qualifies, you can search for your ship on the VA website.
Discharge – You must prove that you were not dishonorably discharged from service.
Diagnosis – You must demonstrate that you have been currently diagnosed with a disease that has been linked to Agent Orange exposure. These can include the following:
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia, small-cell lymphocytic lymphoma, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma will qualify blue water veterans for benefits without proving they served on land. In addition, if you have a condition that is not specifically designated by the VA, you may still be able to qualify for benefits if you can present medical evidence linking your disease to Agent Orange chemicals.
There are different options for applying for benefits connected to Agent Orange depending on the specific disease that you have. Our office can review your situation and advise you on the best application method for your situation. If you are eligible, you can receive free registry examinations, and a wide range of medical treatments for your disability. You can also receive monthly monetary benefits to help support yourself due to limitations caused by your disease. If you have children with birth defects from your Agent Orange exposure, they may be eligible for benefits, as well.
If you have an illness that you believe stems from your exposure to Agent Orange in the Vietnam War, you should not hesitate to discuss your case with a highly experienced veterans benefits lawyer as soon as possible. At the Comerford Law Office, attorney James R. Comerford is committed to advocating for veterans rights and truly believes in the difficulties that can stem from Agent Orange and other conditions of war. If you need help obtaining benefits, please call our office at 312-863-8572 for more information about how we can provide help in your situation.
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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