The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides disability benefits to people who became sick, injured, or developed disabilities while serving in the military. Most people agree that Veterans deserve all the benefits they are entitled to, yet too many Veterans experience difficulty obtaining these benefits.
If you or your loved one is struggling to obtain proper VA disability benefits, it may be in your best interest to seek legal representation. Berry Law Firm helps disabled Veterans nationwide appeal their rating decisions or denials and fight for the benefits they deserve.
Why Hire a VA Disability Compensation Lawyer?
The VA disability claims process is often challenging. An attorney can help you better understand what to expect at each stage of the appeals process. As soon as you file for benefits and your claim is received, a Veteran Service Representative with the VA will review your claim and determine if additional evidence is needed.
When additional evidence is required, these requests can be difficult for applicants to deal with. An experienced lawyer will know what kinds of evidence the VA is seeking and then provide the proper information to minimize the chances of further delays.
The evidence that is collected and submitted to the VA for a disability claim is critical to the case’s outcome. An experienced attorney will collect and present the most compelling evidence to support your claim. If your application is denied or you receive a rating that is too low, our team of VA attorneys may be able to assist you.
Can I Afford a VA Disability Compensation Lawyer?
The VA provides tax-free disability compensation to Veterans with injuries or diseases incurred during active service in the United States military. Compensation can be paid for post-service disabilities related or secondary to disabilities occurring in service. They can also be paid for disabilities that may have arisen after military service but are presumed to be related to their service.
Attorneys who are admitted to practice before VA are required by Title 38 Code of Federal Regulations § 14.636(e) to charge reasonable fees based on the time spent on the case, the complexity, the type of services performed, the results achieved, and rates charged by other attorneys, among other factors.
Agreements for payment for attorneys’ services must be in writing and signed by both the claimant and the lawyer. The agreement must outline the specific terms of how payment to the attorney will be determined.
This means that the fee agreement must specify whether the VA will pay the attorney directly out of past-due benefits, or if the individual will. At Berry Law Firm, we handle all VA disability claims on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not charge our clients anything unless we win your case. Upon winning, we charge a contingency of the back-pay award, so no fee is charged out of pocket or up-front.
Types of Disability Compensation for Disabled Veterans
The VA has multiple disability compensation programs. Three of the most common types include:
- Disability Compensation — Tax-free monetary benefits paid to Veterans with disabilities as the result of diseases or injuries incurred or aggravated during active military service. Benefit amounts are based on the degree of the Veteran’s disability on a scale from 10 percent to 100 percent.
- Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) — Tax-free monetary benefits paid to surviving spouses, children, or parents of servicemembers killed on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training. DIC benefits are also paid to survivors of Veterans who died from service-connected disabilities.
- Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) — Tax-free monetary benefits paid to Veterans, their spouses, surviving spouses, or parents for special circumstances requiring higher compensation, such as the loss of use of a leg or hand.
The VA also notes that Veterans can be eligible for other types of disability compensation after a disability is determined to be service-connected. Other VA disability compensation programs include:
- Individual Unemployability
- Automobile Allowance
- Clothing Allowance
- Congenital Disabilities
How Berry Law Firm Can Help You Get VA Benefits
Do you or your loved one need help appealing a disability rating that was denied or rated too low? Berry Law Firm has been helping Veterans nationwide since 1965. We are ready to put our VA disability law experience to work on your claim. Our team has an impressive record of winning appeals before regional VA offices, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans’ claims.
We are proud to serve Veterans in all 50 states. Don’t hesitate to schedule your free, confidential consultation with a knowledgeable member of our team. Contact us online, via email (email@example.com), or call (888) 883-2483 to schedule a consultation today.