If you have an injury or disease that was acquired during your time in military service, you may be entitled to Veterans’ Disability. These benefits are tax-free and can help offset the wages you are not able to earn because of your disability. A Dunn veterans’ disability attorney may be able to help. They can evaluate your case and determine if you qualify, which is the first thing you need to learn.
Applying for Veterans’ Disability Benefits
Your mental or physical disability must be related to your time of military service. The only disqualification would be if you were dishonorably discharged.
If it is determined that you qualify, you will need to complete an application and gather all of the necessary documentation that will help support your claim. Our firm can do this on your behalf. Our staff can help you avoid the pitfalls most claimants make on their application, which can prevent any unnecessary delays in the process. Additionally, we know what medical documentation is best suited to support your claim, which can increase your chances of receiving a fair rating.
Of course, you can also apply in-person at your local VA regional office, mail your application, or complete the application online. Do not make the mistake of submitting your application using more than one method. You should choose only one method. If you submit multiple applications through more than one channel, you could delay the claims process.
If you are sending in your claim or bringing it in-person to the office, you will need to attach the appropriate documentation. If you are applying online, you are able to attach your files electronically. There may be limits in what can be attached, so the other option is to fax in your documentation.
The documentation that will need to be included with your VA application includes:
- medical records (doctor, hospital, prescriptions, evaluations, etc.)
- discharge/separation papers
- birth certificates of children
- marriage certificate
If you have applied online, you will receive an email stating the claims process has started. Once the application has been downloaded by the VA, you will receive another email stating so.
You can expect the veterans disability claims process to take several months, sometimes longer. Some of this waiting could be avoided if you have legal representation. Whether you are applying for the first time or you are filing an appeal because your claim was denied, it would be in your best interest to talk with an experience disability attorney.
If your claim is approved, benefits will be paid to you. The amount will depend on your disability rating, your marital status, whether or not you have children and if your spouse is also disabled.
Contacting a Dunn Veterans’ Disability Attorney
It is always a good idea to have an experienced disability attorney working with you from the very beginning. The claims process can be confusing and time-consuming. You can ease some of the burden by having legal counsel assist you with the paperwork and gathering of evidence that will be required. An attorney can ensure that nothing is missing and all of your information is correctly filled out.
The team of attorneys at Brent & Adams Associates serves residents in Dunn, Fayetteville, Raleigh and other cities throughout the state of North Carolina. When you have concerns about your rights to Veterans’ Disability benefits, it’s important to seek legal counsel.
Arrange a free consultation today. Complete an online case evaluation request today to learn how you can protect your rights or what legal options may be available if your claim for disability benefits was denied. You're welcome to phone us as well: 910-892-8177.