What Are the Easiest Things to Claim for VA Disability?
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by bgarcia@vetlaw.com
5d ago
Veterans may have an easier time accessing VA disability benefits for certain service-related illnesses and injuries. Summary Service-related conditions, like hearing loss and knee injuries, are usually less complicated to claim for VA disability benefits. Veterans can benefit from the assistance of a veterans disability claims lawyer, like those at VetLaw, regardless of the complexity of their claim. Disabilities that can be easily confirmed, have clear symptoms, and result in observable harm are often easier to claim for VA disability benefits. Presumptive conditions, where the VA assumes a ..read more
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Military Burn Pits Expose Veterans to Disease and Chemicals
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by Brendan Garcia
1w ago
The practice of disposing of waste via burn pits released harmful chemicals that left many military personnel vulnerable to chronic illnesses. Summary The military used burn pits to get rid of trash, but the toxic fumes produced by the burn pits caused a host of health issues in service members who breathed in the smoke. For many years, veterans who served near military burn pits had difficulty claiming VA disability benefits for their illnesses because the VA did not acknowledge that they were service-connected. Several types of cancer, respiratory conditions, skin issues, and other medical ..read more
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How Much Does a VA Disability Lawyer Cost?
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by bgarcia@vetlaw.com
1w ago
Veterans disability claims lawyers collect a portion of the back pay benefits they help secure in exchange for their support in navigating the VA appeals process. Summary VA disability lawyers’ costs are recovered in the form of a contingency fee, usually ranging from 20% to 33% of the back pay benefits they obtain for their client. These fees are only taken out of the back pay benefits awarded by the VA, not the veteran’s future disability benefits. Veterans don’t pay until the VA resolves their claim; fees are contingent on successful appeals. Hiring a VA disability lawyer ensures expert le ..read more
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Veterans Experiencing Headaches After a Service-Related Injury
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by bgarcia@vetlaw.com
2w ago
A number of common service-connected disabilities can cause veterans to suffer from headaches, which may warrant VA disability benefits depending on their frequency and severity. Summary Headaches following service-related injuries can have a significant impact on veterans, but VA disability benefits can offset some of the costs they experience. Veterans who develop chronic headaches after a service-related injury may have a reduced quality of life and struggle to remain employed. Various service-related injuries, including Traumatic Brain Injuries, tinnitus, and mental health conditions, can ..read more
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Compensation and Pension Exam
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by bgarcia@vetlaw.com
3w ago
Reviewing the components and purposes of a Compensation and Pension exam for veterans seeking VA disability benefits. Summary A Compensation and Pension exam is often necessary for veterans who want to obtain or increase their VA disability benefits in an appeal. The VA is concerned with confirming the severity of the veteran’s symptoms and their disability’s connection to their military service. Veterans may need multiple Compensation and Pension exams over the course of their lives to adjust their VA disability rating for a service-related condition or account for a new medical complication ..read more
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Mental Health Issues Can Cause Physical Injuries
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by bgarcia@vetlaw.com
3w ago
Veterans who develop physical injuries from service-related mental health conditions may be entitled to VA disability benefits. Summary Veterans may be eligible for VA disability benefits for physical injuries caused by service-related mental health conditions. Service-connected psychological conditions may have accompanying physical symptoms that inflict harm on the veteran’s health. Veterans may experience psychosomatic symptoms, where physical symptoms manifest from a mental health condition without a clear medical reason.  Service-related mental health issues can lead veterans to eng ..read more
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How to Prepare for Your Board of Veterans’ Appeals Hearing
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by bgarcia@vetlaw.com
3w ago
Be ready to discuss your case, respond to questions, and offer evidence so you can be an active and informed participant in your Board of Veterans’ Appeals Hearing. Summary Veterans should take advantage of the time before their Board of Veterans’ Appeals hearing to get ready to present a strong case. Vets need to make it a priority to attend their Board of Veterans’ Appeals hearing; have a plan for travel arrangements and delegate other responsibilities. Collaborate with your VA disability benefits attorney and review your case until you are confident discussing its major aspects. Organize a ..read more
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What is Individual Unemployability?
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by bgarcia@vetlaw.com
1M ago
Service-related disabilities can render a veteran unable to keep up with the demands of a job, which may make them eligible for VA disability benefits based on individual unemployability. Summary Veterans with service-related disabilities may qualify for VA disability benefits based on Individual Unemployability if their conditions impair their ability to work non-marginal jobs. The VA sets standards for Individual Unemployability, including benchmarks for disability ratings and the ability to keep a steady job. Veterans classified as Individually Unemployable may qualify for total disability ..read more
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Do I Need to Hire a VA Benefits Lawyer?
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by bgarcia@vetlaw.com
1M ago
Veterans who want to challenge a VA decision should consider hiring a VA benefits lawyer to advocate for them. Summary Veterans who are dissatisfied with a VA decision may benefit from hiring a VA benefits lawyer to represent them in the appeals process. Cases where hiring a VA benefits lawyer may be necessary include when a claim was unfairly denied, the VA made an obvious error, or a veteran needs an extra-schedular evaluation for an extreme presentation of a service-related condition. VA-accredited attorneys offer valuable services, like expert knowledge of the VA appeals process and colle ..read more
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New Letter Directs VA to Do More for Female Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma
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by bgarcia@vetlaw.com
1M ago
Despite the variety of resources the VA provides for sexual assault survivors, Congress recently critiqued the VA’s lack of effort to make veterans aware of these options. Summary Senators representing both parties sent a letter to the VA regarding services for female Military Sexual Trauma survivors, who are at a higher risk of experiencing unwanted sexual contact. The members of the Senate who wrote the letter believe the VA isn’t doing enough to make medical care, mental health counseling, and other programs easily accessible to women veterans. The letter to the VA draws a contrast between ..read more
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