The Role of a VA Lawyer in the Veterans Benefits Claim Process

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The Role of a VA Lawyer in the Veterans Benefits Claim Process

If you were injured or made ill during the course of your military service, you’re very likely entitled to disability benefits, but the claims process can be daunting. Without just compensation, reaching your fullest recovery will be that much more challenging, but having an experienced Illinois VA lawyer on your side can make a considerable difference in the outcome of your claim. 

Your VA Lawyer Will Help You Explore the Disability Benefits that May be Available to You

VA disability benefits are based on VA disability ratings, which range from 10 to 100 percent and are a reading of how severe your service-related injury, illness, or worsening of a preexisting condition is. Establishing this service connection and your disability rating are critical elements of your claim that your VA lawyer will focus on. In addition, they will discuss the disability benefits you’re likely to qualify for – in relation to your rating. Benefits can include:

  • Veterans disability compensation, which is designed to replace the income you would have earned had you not been disabled in the service
  • VA health care
  • Caregiver benefits
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Educational benefits
  • An automobile allowance

Guiding You through the Application Process

The application process for VA disability benefits is long, complicated, and exacting, and many claims are denied outright due to errors made at this juncture – often in relation to missing information or incorrect responses. Having a seasoned VA lawyer skillfully guiding you through the application process – avoiding common pitfalls along the way – can significantly improve your chances of obtaining a fair disability rating and the full range of benefits to which you are entitled. 

Compiling the Necessary Evidence

The outcome of your veterans disability benefits claim will hinge on the strength of the evidence you supply. Your dedicated VA lawyer will ensure that all the available evidence relevant to your claim is well represented, including all the following:

  • Your comprehensive medical records
  • Your service records, which can be checked against your medical records to help verify the connection of your disability to your military service
  • Your doctor’s professional medical opinion regarding your condition
  • The testimony of those close to you regarding your condition 
  • A nexus letter written by a medical professional who is qualified to connect your disability to your military service

Filing an Appeal

Too many initial claims filed by vets are denied, but you shouldn’t let this stop you from forcefully seeking the benefits owed to you. Having a focused VA lawyer at the helm of your claim will help to ensure that it receives the attention it should and will help to ensure that it leads to fair benefits that support your ability to regain your health and well-being. 

Speak to an Experienced Illinois VA Lawyer Today

James R. Comerford at The Comerford Law Office – Illinois is a highly skilled VA Lawyer who is well prepared and well positioned to fiercely advocate for a fair claim resolution that supports your brightest future. For more information about how we can help you, please contact us today. 

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