Thursday, September 24, 2015

Veterans Health Benefits Claims: Common Reasons Why They Get Denied

It certainly is not fair being denied of the veterans health benefits you deserve and being left to tend to your conditions on your own after devoting your life to military service. If you haven’t given up in the battlefield, however, the more you shouldn’t give up now. Note that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a high error rate, and a lot of denials are usually overturned after they get appealed. The VA admits to an error rate of 14%. On the other hand, the Center for Investigative Reporting says its 38%. In 2011, an audit performed by the Office of Inspector General showed that of 45,000 claims inspected, 23% were processed incorrectly by the rating staff. Three years earlier than that, two advocacy groups representing around 60,000 veterans filed a lawsuit claiming that VA is taking up to 4 years processing claims, the impact of which included broken families, financial devastation, homelessness and suicide.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Veterans Disability Lawyers Help POWs Get Their Deserved Compensation

According to, over 142,000 Americans have been captured as Prisoners of War (POWs) since World War I. Not included are almost 93,000 who were never found, otherwise called MIAs (Missing in Action). Only about a third of POWs are still alive today, 90% of whom were captured in World War II. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes the impact of captivity on a military personnel’s psychological and physical well-being, thus, entitling the latter to health and disability benefits. At present, the agency is providing compensation for service-connected injuries to nearly 16,000 POWs. Studies have shown that the hardships POWs endure during captivity can have a lifelong impact on their health and social adjustment, thereby increasing their susceptibility to psychological stress. Prolonged starvation, as well as exposure to harrowing conditions, can also cause long-term damage to their vital organs.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

How a Disability Benefits Attorney Can Help Veterans Get Benefits

Veterans become physically, emotionally, and mentally traumatized all the time due to their service in the military. Many of them don't realize that they qualify for veteran's disability benefits, and those who do may have applied only to have their claims denied. A disability benefits attorney can help veterans obtain the benefits that they're entitled to, and there are numerous benefits to seeking this type of attorney over the others.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Addressing a Veterans Disability Claim Challenge

The claims process through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can seem daunting, and many veterans who file a claim unfortunately will have their claim denied or the amount of their approved benefits reduced. This can impact your ability to receive the quality healthcare you need, and you may be wondering what steps you can take to improve this situation and get the full amount of the claim that you believe you deserve. 
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Sunday, August 16, 2015

How a Veterans Disability Attorney Helps Sexually-Assaulted Veterans

Almost three decades ago, a former Navy Sailor from Milbridge, Maine named Ruth Moore was raped twice by a superior officer during her service, and had applied for disability benefits after suffering from mental disorders that stemmed from these assaults. Though she fought for her rights for disability benefits for almost 20 years, it was only in 2009 when she was awarded with more than $400,000 in benefits. Like Moore, there are a lot of uniformed personnel who had suffered sexual assault, but most of these incidents had gone unreported. Those who do place claims for disability benefits due to trauma caused by these assaults tend to have a difficult time in getting approved. Fortunately, talking to a veterans disability attorney can help a veteran get their due benefits, especially if their post-traumatic stress disorder was caused by sexual assault.
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Friday, August 14, 2015

A Veterans Disability Lawyer Can Help Returning Disabled Soldiers

The United States of America has some of the finest forces in the world. However, no matter how well-trained and well-equipped the land, sea, and air branches of the military are, they still face a lot of risk in performing their duty to the country. It is no surprise then that quite a few of the country’s brave soldiers end up getting injured, sometimes even so much that they can’t keep on serving in their previous capacity; they may even end up being discharged. The problem is that their injuries would also make their civilian lives difficult. This is where a veterans disability lawyer can help.
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Thursday, August 6, 2015

How a Veterans Disability Attorney Helps with Obstacles to Claims

Ideally, veterans who became disabled while fighting for the peace of the nation should receive their disability benefits quickly and conveniently. However, this world is not ideal; if it was, wars wouldn’t have happened in the first place. Disabled veterans face different kinds of roadblocks when making their claims. Some get denied and many get delayed. Here, you’ll find some of the most common issues encountered by veterans making a benefit claim. Delays (That Extend Over Months, Even Years) In its Veterans Benefits Administration Reports, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) records over 380,000 pending claims. The conditions have actually improved now, compared to over 800,000 pending cases a few years back.
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A Veterans Disability Lawyer Can Help with the Expanded Benefit Rule

During the Vietnam War, the military of the United States conducted the Operation Ranch Hand. This program developed the use of herbicides and defoliants for the war – the most widely known of which is Agent Orange. Aircraft were fitted with special sprayers vaporizing the chemicals, enabling them to spread the herbicides over large areas. Agent Orange did not only affect the people in areas where it was sprayed on, though. It also affected the personnel who piloted and operated the aircraft used to spread it during the war. Even those who used, maintained, and served onboard certain aircraft at a later time were also exposed to chemical remains and suffered from the effects. Claims related to these are among the cases handled by a veterans disability lawyer.
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Disability Benefits Available for Gulf War Vets

After the 1991 Persian Gulf War, combat veterans reported a range of medically unexplained symptoms, including headaches, chronic fatigue, loss of muscle control, dizziness, muscle and joint pains, skin problems, and memory problems, among many others. Collectively, these symptoms were found to be connected to Persian Gulf War syndrome, an illness many combat veterans had reportedly acquired from their service in the Gulf War.

Possible Causes of the Gulf War Syndrome

So far, studies have mostly been inconclusive on what exactly is causing illnesses among Gulf War combat veterans. Some studies have found a possible link between the condition and the veterans’ possible exposure to nerve gas medication and insect repellents; while other studies indicate a correlation between the condition and the administration of anthrax vaccine. A federally mandated research in the U.S., however, shows that many of the cases may be related to the vets’ exposure to toxic chemicals while serving in the war.

Eligibility for VA and Social Security Disability Benefits

Gulf War veterans who have acquired symptoms related to Gulf War syndrome may be eligible for veterans disability compensation and Social Security disability benefits. Veterans who have worked at least half the time since they were 21 are also eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance, while those who haven’t worked for a long time due to disability are eligible for Supplemental Security Income. Being awarded VA disability benefits, however, does not guarantee automatic approval for SSDI or SSI.
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Monday, July 20, 2015

Returning Disabled Soldiers Demands Help

Soldiers who get injured in the service are entitled to benefits. This is especially so if the injury leads to a disability. Depending on how bad the disability is, a veteran can receive anything from $1,404 to $30,324 annually.

To get these benefits, a veteran needs to file a claim by filling up and submitting the appropriate forms. The Veteran’s Administration will check on a veteran’s disability to see if they are eligible and how much should they be awarded. All of these would culminate in a hearing. This means a veteran must be able to present proof of his disability like medical records and successfully present his case to the VA.

However, the claims process is very thorough and there might be a number of delays; this is even more evident nowadays with many veterans returning home disabled. Another problem is that sometimes claims can be rejected because of technicalities like not submitting the right paperwork or giving the wrong information. Finally, a hearing can be very stressful for someone disabled and can result in them not being able to present themselves at their best; this can cause their claim to be rejected or full benefits not being awarded.

This is where veterans disability lawyers can help. Legal professionals can help guide veterans through the claims process and advise them on how to properly present their cases for best results.
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Friday, July 10, 2015

VA Benefits: Dealing with the Potential Roadblocks

Acceptable risks of joining the armed services often include injuries sustained during various actions. If a serviceman experiences injury, the hard road to compensation begins, but learning about potential roadblocks will be critical when a disability benefits attorney works out the details. Some of these hindrances are outlined below.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Getting Veterans Health Benefits: Net Worth No Longer a Requirement

Years ago, veterans who are either experiencing a non-service-connected condition or had contracted an illness not linked to their service were eligible to receive care from VA hospitals as long as they were willing to make copayments for the care. They were, however, required to follow the VA thresholds of the combined income and net worth, and they will only be deemed eligible if these were above the VA’s requirements.
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Monday, June 29, 2015

A Skilled Veterans Disability Lawyer Can Help You Get Your VA Benefits

As a veteran, your service to our country may have often placed you in dangerous situations that could have resulted in physical and mental damage, which consequently led to you leaving the military. As with any injury or illness, dealing with medication and rehabilitation can be costly. Fortunately, there is a good way for veterans to defray the costs, and that is by applying for VA disability benefits. An experienced veterans disability lawyer like Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law can help you get these benefits.
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Aiming for VA Benefits

Those who answered the call to service will have been deployed to various locations around the world. Circumstances that come around during their deployment can result in various degrees of injury to the service person and would require medical attention. An experienced veterans disability lawyer can help you apply for the benefits you deserve.
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Monday, May 25, 2015

Helping Disabled Veterans Receive Benefits

Disabled veterans and their families may not realize they are eligible for disability benefits. Residents in Parkersburg are proud of their veterans who have proudly fought to defend America. Unfortunately, some veterans return home with either emotional challenges, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (commonly known as PTSD), or physical injuries that include loss of their legs.

Applying for disability benefits may leave some veterans and their families wondering if they want to spend excessive time muddling through the paperwork. Even if they succeed in filling out the required forms, they may need to seek out attorneys who understand disability benefits. In Parkersburg, disabled veterans who need assistance in obtaining benefits can find the help they need by working with veterans benefits lawyers.

Some veterans are eligible to receive benefits from more than one organization at the same time. The Social Security Administration offers Social Security Disability Insurance, known as SSDI, to qualified disabled veterans. Benefits are also available from the State of Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition, some disabled veterans are eligible to receive retirement benefits from the Department of Defense.

Veterans returning home from their military duties can find it disheartening when they learn that their disabilities may prevent them from finding gainful employment. A veterans benefits lawyer can make a difference in the lives of these American heroes.

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