Service Connected Disability VA Lawyer Worldwide
In theory, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides support for veterans who have suffered injuries while serving their country. In practice, it can be difficult for veterans to actually receive these benefits.
At Bassett Murray Law Group, PLLC, we are dedicated to helping veterans and their spouses obtain the full benefits to which they are entitled. Among the types of benefits potentially available to veterans are forms of disability compensation for those suffering from an injury or disease caused or aggravated during military service. If you or a loved one have been denied service-connected disability benefits or are struggling with related issues, we can advocate on your behalf to demonstrate your qualifications, cut through red tape, solve problems, and get the result you deserve.
Overview of Disability Compensation
The VA describes service-connected disability benefits simply as disability compensation. These benefits are paid to veterans who have disabilities from injuries or conditions they suffered while they served. The injury does not have to be related to a duty related activity. It could have been caused while on leave or during recreational activity. Sometimes, these benefits can also be paid for disabilities that arose after the veteran left the service, if they are related to or secondary to conditions that occurred during service, such as agent orange or burn-pit exposure.
Veterans may qualify to receive disability benefits for either physical conditions or mental health conditions such as PTSD. Compensation may include financial payments and additional benefits such as health care.
Eligibility for Service-Connected Disability Benefits
To receive benefits, a veteran must have served on either active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training, and they must have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions. In addition, the veteran must currently suffer from an injury or illness affecting their mind or body. The veteran must demonstrate to the VA that one of the following is true:
- The illness or injury first occurred while the veteran was in service. This is known as an inservice disability claim.
- The veteran suffered from the illness or injury before they joined the military and service aggravated the condition and made it worse. This is known as a preservice disability claim.
- The disability is related to active-duty service but did not appear until after the veteran ended service. This is known as a post service disability claim.
If a veteran was not discharged under honorable conditions, it may still be possible to receive benefits. The VA might determine that the discharge was “under conditions other than dishonorable.” It is also possible to apply for a discharge upgrade. A Veterans Administration-accredited attorney could help with this or other aspects of establishing eligibility.
Veterans Administration Accredited Attorney
Bassett Murray Law Group, PLLC have attorneys accredited by the Veterans Administration to provide the right legal representation for veterans and their families who need to appeal decisions or handle other matters with the VA. They have been trained in VA procedures and processes and understand how to help veterans demonstrate their qualifications to receive benefits. If it becomes necessary to pursue an appeal into federal court, they have litigation expertise to succeed at all stages of the process.
Work with the Team Dedicated to Supporting Veterans
It is unfortunate that so many eligible veterans need legal assistance to obtain the service-connected disability benefits they deserve. In many cases, applicants have difficulty satisfying all of the requirements to prove their qualifications. Assistance from a VA-accredited attorney can make all the difference in the outcome.
The team at Bassett Murray Law Group, PLLC is dedicated to helping veterans and others often overlooked by the system. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about the ways we can help your family. We offer telephone, video and in-person consultations at our Ann Arbor, MI office.