Trying to get disability benefits from the Veterans Affairs can be a long, complex, frustrating, and confusing process. In most cases, veterans are provided with less than what they deserve because they don’t know that they can dispute and appeal VA decisions.
When you appeal a VA benefits decision, you are seeking to get your claim appealed that was wrongly denied, increase the disability rating the VA gave you to get your claim approved, or obtain Total Disability status, even if your disability rating is not 100%.
The appeals process has multiple layers to it, which can make an already confusing process almost impossible to understand. The review of the appeal takes place in a formal court proceeding, which most commonly needs representation by a lawyer.
Types of Disability Claims
There are several different types of disability claims that can be covered by VA benefits. First, there are mental health issues. This could be post-traumatic stress disorder, a traumatic brain injury, depression, psychosis, and bipolar disorder.
There is also something called Golf War Syndrome. These are symptoms that were obtained in the Gulf War that have chronic symptoms or is an undiagnosed illness. These could include Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, fibromyalgia, and gastrointestinal disorders.
Agent Orange-related disabilities can also be claimed. These include diabetes, prostate cancer, coronary artery disease, and hypertension. You can also claim orthopedic injuries, such as those sustained in your neck, back, hips, spine, or knees.
Disability claims might also include alcoholism, amputation, radioactive substance exposure, gunshot wounds, hearing loss or ear injury, Hepatitis C, drug abuse, scars, sleep apnea, vision impairments, and medical malpractice.
Why Hire a Lawyer?
The VA benefits system for disability is supposed to be an easy, veteran-friendly process. This is, unfortunately, not always the case. The rules and regulations can be confusing and hard to follow. With the help of an experienced lawyer, the process isn’t as difficult.
Lawyers with experience will understand what the claims and appeals process is like, what information needs to be provided and when, what evidence is needed, and how to maximize the disability rating you receive. With their experience, lawyers will get you the best benefits possible.
VA Disability Lawyers
Working with a VA disability lawyer can streamline the appeals process to make it as simple as possible for you. The Berry Law VA disability lawyers work hard to identify solid basis for your appeal to get the highest disability rating possible.
Good VA disability lawyers will work with psychologists, doctors, and other medical experts that have experience with VA claims. These medical professionals look over medical records to determine what options are medically necessary. They can also help determine the right disability rating.
The lawyers at Berry Law have decades of experience. They know the rules and regulations of the VA, what proof you need of your injuries, and how to get you the best benefits possible. They are veterans working for veterans, so they are for the people because they have been there.