Veterans of the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard quickly discover the legal complexities of the veterans’ disability claims process. Although the lengthy administrative process is confusing and bureaucratic, a recent legal amendment allows veterans to retain legal counsel much earlier than previously permitted. Securing an experienced lawyer can help you expedite the claims process so you can focus on moving forward.
Axelrod & Associates provides legal counsel to veterans struggling to navigate the complex process of collecting disability claims. We are committed to helping you attain the benefits you are entitled to. Veterans who can prove they were injured during military service can be eligible for two basic types of compensation: Disability Compensation and Non-Service-Connected Pensions.
You may be eligible for veterans’ disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs if you have service-related disabling injuries; or physical or mental conditions caused by military service or aggravated by active duty; and were discharged under terms other than dishonorable conditions.
The amount of basic benefits is based on the extent of your disability, assessed by the VA on a scale of 0 to 100. You could be entitled to more benefits if you have very severe disabilities or loss of a limb; have a spouse, child or dependent parent; or have a seriously disabled spouse. Combat experience is not required to receive disability compensation, and you may receive veterans disability benefits even if you are able to hold a job.
A successful disability compensation claim must prove three things:
- Current diagnosed disability;
- Evidence of disease, injury, or debilitating event occurred while serving in the military; and
- Proof that the disease, injury, debilitating event caused the current disability
One of the most difficult aspects of a veterans’ disability claim is establishing a correlation between the disability, illness, or injury to military service. Some conditions are presumed to be service-related for VA disability purposes. If you need assistance in securing the resources necessary to prove that connection, the lawyers at Axelrod & Associates can help.
Veterans severely disabled after their military service and who currently have low incomes may qualify for a non-service-connected pension. If you served during a period of war and meet these conditions, benefits may be available to you. Pension eligibility is need-based and can depend on the veteran’s current financial situation.
To qualify for a pension, veterans must prove three things:
- Total and permanent disability;
- Military service during a time of war; and
- Income below specified limits
Consult with the Axelrod Veterans’ Benefit Team
For a FREE consultation with a Myrtle Beach veterans’ benefits lawyer, call us at (843) 916-9300 or fill out our contact form. Let’s discuss how we can help you get the veterans’ benefits you deserve.