VA Disability Lawyers Give an Overview of Veterans Disability
At Hermann Law Group, PLLC, our New York disability attorneys, represent clients throughout New York State, as well as in Connecticut and New Jersey. With more than 50 years of combined experience, our VA disability lawyers are dedicated to helping veterans obtain the benefits to which they are entitled.
VA Disability Benefits: Who is Eligible?
Generally, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides disability benefits to members of the military who are injured or become sick while on duty as well as those whose pre-existing conditions are made worse as a result of service. Benefits are not taxed and are subsequently paid monthly in amounts that vary based on the recipient’s specific circumstances. A person who is able to work despite any impairments or who also receives Social Security Disability benefits may also be able to obtain VA disability benefits.
Simply being eligible for these benefits does not mean that a veteran will ultimately receive them, however. Rather, the injured person must file a claim that includes sufficient evidence showing that he or she is entitled to benefits. If you are not familiar with all the details, our New York disability attorneys can help you with this process.
Filing a VA Disability Benefits Claim
In order to obtain disability benefits, a veteran must file a claim with the VA. For the uninitiated, the VA disability benefits claims process can be a complex, tangled web of paper work. At Hermann Law Group, we help guide clients through the process by seeking out and reviewing medical and other evidence in order to ensure that they can establish each of the required elements of a successful benefits claim. Our VA disability lawyers will examine your medical records thoroughly, and advise you accordingly.
Proving Eligibility for VA Benefits
A veteran seeking VA disability benefits must show that he or she:
- Served in active service and received an honorable discharge;
- Sustained an injury, became sick, or exacerbated an existing injury or disease during service;
- Is currently suffering from the effects or symptoms of the injury or disease; and
- That these effects or symptoms directly relate to military service.
Claimants should draw on a variety of evidence, including medical and military records and witness testimony, in order to establish these elements of a successful benefits claim.
At Hermann Law Group, PLLC, our VA disability benefits attorneys regularly represent clients in these claims, and are intimately familiar with both the claims process and how to prove a specific claim. We understand what the VA is looking for in a claim. Moreover, we know how to obtain the necessary evidence and present it in the most clear and convincing possible manner.
VA Disability Benefits Claim Appeals
The VA denies scores of disability benefits claims each year, including many for individuals who should actually receive benefits. Sometimes, the problem is with the claimant’s paperwork (or lack thereof). Other times, however, the government simply gets it wrong. The good news is that a person whose claim has been denied can appeal the decision.
Contact New York VA Disability Lawyers
If you are considering filing a VA disability benefits claim or want to appeal a claim that has been initially denied, contact the veterans disability benefits attorneys at Hermann Law Group, PLLC. We are happy to discuss your particular case in an initial consultation. Furthermore, we stand ready to guide clients through the process from application to award. Our New York disability attorneys can help. With offices in Tarrytown and Wappingers Falls, New York, Danbury, Connecticut, and Hackensack, New Jersey, we serve clients across three states. Call us at 877-644-9710 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.