Veterans Benefits Attorney
Every year, numerous vets apply to the Department of Veterans Affairs for disability compensation. The number of vets filing for disability claims has surged in recent years due to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to an Associated Press article, 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for service-related injuries. Sadly, many veterans with legitimate claims have been denied compensation.
If you or a loved one has been denied benefits for a service-related disability, contact a veterans' benefits attorney at Phillips Law Group today. Our attorneys can help you navigate the appeal process and obtain the compensation that you may deserve.
Veterans' Benefits Disability Claim
Veterans can receive disability compensation for injuries or diseases that occurred while on active duty or were made worse by active military service. In order for a veteran to receive disability compensation, they must prove the following criteria:
- The veteran must have been a member of the U.S. military.
- The veteran must have been honorably discharged.
- The veteran must demonstrate a disability.
- The veteran must have first shown symptoms of a disease or injury, aggravation of a pre-existing disease or injury while in service or shortly after.
- There is a relationship between the disability and service.
Types of Veterans' Disabilities
Active duty can leave veterans with a wide range of physical and mental health issues. It is not uncommon for veterans to suffer from the following ailments:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Blindness or impaired vision
- Hearing loss
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Loss of a limb, fingers or toes
- Back or orthopedic problems
- Gulf War Syndrome
A veterans' benefits attorney can help the application process go much smoother and increase an applicant's chances for success.
Disability compensation is probably the most well-known benefit that a vet receives. Veterans are also eligible for home loans, vocational training, health and educational benefits. Spouses and dependents of veterans may also be eligible for certain types of benefits.
Filing an Appeal
Veterans and other claimants for benefits have the right to appeal a claim decision. A claimant has one year from the date of notification to file an appeal. The appeal process can be stressful and frustrating for an applicant. However, a skilled veterans' benefits attorney can help guide a veteran through this difficult process.
The Arizona veterans' benefits attorneys at Phillips Law Group are proud to serve our men and women in uniform. If you or a loved one believes that you are entitled to veterans' benefits, contact our knowledgeable attorneys today. We will work tirelessly to get you the benefits that you may deserve.
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