Veterans Affairs Lawyers Vero Beach, Melbourne, Port St. Lucie & Fort Pierce, FL
Years. No communication. Denials. If you are a veteran claiming a service-connected disability, you know how the government works (or doesn’t). Appealing a veterans disability claim denial takes a lot of time, energy and patience, and may be beyond what a disabled veteran or his or her family can manage.
Whether you are appealing a denied claim, or appealing an insufficient benefits award, we can help you navigate the veteran’s claim process. Minor errors on the application paperwork can lead to unnecessary delays and, in some cases, a denial of benefits. At Matheson and Horowitz, we understand the procedures of the Department of Veterans Affairs (the “VA”) and can help make sure that your application for disability benefits complies with all necessary rules and regulations.
The potential for a successful appeal greatly increases for veterans who are represented by an experienced VA benefits attorney. A recent report issued by the Government Accountability Office revealed that it can take on average as long as 25 months to work through the VA appeals process. You do not have to go through this long, frustrating process alone. Whether the review is by the local VA office, an appeal before the Board of Veterans Appeals (the “BVA”), or the U.S. Court of Appeal for Veterans’ Claims (the “CAVC”), we are prepared to assist you in your pursuit of benefits based upon your service-connected disability.
Physical and mental injuries could have manifested while in the service of your country, or much later. If the condition is ultimately service-connected, you may be entitled to disability benefits. Many service men and women have been exposed to various agents during their time of service, which may have caused injury or illness. Find out whether your illness or injury is service-connected.
In order to qualify for veterans compensation, a veteran must meet three criteria:
- The veteran must have a current medical diagnosed disability;
- They must have a precipitating disease or injury that occurred while serving in the military;
- The disability must be related to the injury or exposure that occurred during service time.
If your service-connected disability is proven, the VA will determine the extent of disability, between 10% and 100%. The higher the rating, the higher the award of benefits. If you have been rated by the VA, but you believe that the rating is too low, we can help you determine if a rating increase is appropriate.
Did you know that if you served overseas during time of conflict, and you now suffer from illness or injury, there may be a presumption that your condition is service-connected? Did you know that if you served any time at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, between 1953 and 1987, your current illness or injury could be presumed to be service-connected? There are many other service-related events that could have caused your illness or injury. Talk to a lawyer to determine if your condition is service-connected.
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