Answers to Your Questions about Veterans Benefits
Applying for veterans disability benefits can be a complex and challenging process. Veterans and their families often have questions about whether they are eligible for benefits and how they can obtain them. At The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, our attorneys can answer your questions and guide you through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system. We help clients in Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse and throughout western, central and upstate New York.
Who Qualifies for Veterans Affairs Disability Benefits?
Veterans who were injured or became ill while on active duty in the U.S. armed forces are eligible for veterans disability benefits. Veterans who had pre-existing injuries or illnesses that were worsened by military service are also covered. Some conditions may be connected to military service even though they may not have appeared during military service or were not disabling until after the service ended.
What Kinds of Conditions Make Me Eligible for Veterans Disability Benefits?
Conditions that were incurred or aggravated while serving on active duty in the military are eligible for veterans benefits. These may include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), exposure to toxic chemicals such as Agent Orange, amputations and traumatic brain injuries. Many other injuries and illnesses can also qualify veterans for benefits.
How Is the Amount of Compensation Determined?
The amount of compensation is determined by the severity of the claimant's disability. Typically, medical records and a VA medical examination are used to establish a disability rating, which determines the amount of the monthly payment.
Can I Appeal a Denial of Benefits?
If your initial application for veterans disability benefits is denied or if you disagree with your disability rating, you have the right to appeal. You also have the right to have an attorney represent you during an appeal. If your appeal is denied, you may file a second appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
What if I Have a Disability That Is Not Service-Connected?
Wartime veterans who have limited income and a permanent and total disability may be eligible for a monthly cash benefit. This pension benefit does not have to be service-connected.
Can Survivors Receive Veterans Disability Benefits?
A surviving spouse, minor children or parents may be able to obtain compensation when a veteran's death is related to a service-connected disability or if the deceased veteran had a service-connected disability.
If you have additional questions about veterans disability benefits, contact our Buffalo attorneys today. Call The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, at 888-322-9399 or contact us online for a free consultation. Most of our cases are handled on a contingency basis, which means that we do not charge attorneys fees unless we are successful in your case.