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How is veterans disability compensation calculated?

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  Veterans Benefits  /  5 Comments

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In order to receive veterans disability compensation, you must first establish that you have a disability stemming from your military service. Once an eligible condition is identified, your level of disability will be scaled by the VA from 0% to 100%, depending on how much it interferes with your normal life functions. Benefits Begin at […]

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Waiting for Veteran Disability Benefits – How long does it take?

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  Veterans Benefits  /  226 Comments

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It has become a well-known fact that the DVA can take a long time to process claims for Veteran Disability Benefits. Nationwide, it took the VA on average more than eight months to process a claim in June, 2012 – this is 50% longer than it took in 2011. A report from the Center for […]

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Denial of VA Disability Claims – What you need to know

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  Veterans Benefits  /  517 Comments

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When VA disability claims are initially denied, the first thing veterans should know is that the VA has a very high error rate. After you receive your decision packet with details of your decision or award, you can appeal all or part of the decision. The appeal process can take a long time, but knowing […]

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Appealing Veterans disability claims denials

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  Veterans Benefits  /  89 Comments

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If your claim for disability benefits is denied, you have the right to appeal. You must file the appeal within one year of the initial decision. Much media attention has been given to the high error rate in denials, so it makes sense to consider appealing the denial. Appeals represent almost one-third of the 800,000 […]

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Strengthening your VA Disability appeal

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  Veterans Benefits  /  46 Comments

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You can appeal your VA disability decision for any reason, within one year. Three common points of appeal are: (1) dispute over the existence of a disability; (2) whether the disability was connected to your military service, or (3) the level of disability. What to include in an appeal Consider carefully the reason for the […]

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Can Veterans disability lawyers help?

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  Veterans Benefits  /  22 Comments

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According to data from the VA, veterans disability lawyers can improve your chances of winning on appeal. According to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals data, veterans appealing in 2011 with no representation had 36% of their appeals denied. Veterans with attorneys had 18% of their appeals denied. Each situation is unique, and some cases can […]

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How much does a VA disability attorney cost?

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  Veterans Benefits  /  233 Comments

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The use of a VA disability attorney is regulated by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. All attorneys who assist veterans with disability claims must be accredited by the VA, and the VA reviews all fee agreements. The VA has the authority to regulate conduct of attorneys who represent veterans, to provide the veteran some assurance […]

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Five Common Mistakes in VA disability claims

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  Veterans Benefits  /  30 Comments

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The process of filing VA disability claims can be very confusing. If you haven’t started the process yourself, you’ve probably heard stories about the problems with delays and mistakes and lengthy appeals. As you make your way through the process, try to avoid these five common mistakes: 1. Putting off the filing of your claim […]

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VA disability benefits – What is a Fully Developed Claim?

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  Veterans Benefits  /  70 Comments

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The Fully Developed Claim process is intended to be a fast track way to get VA disability benefits processed. From 2008-2012, the VA experienced a 50% increase in the number of claims submitted, and those incoming claims were more complex – containing 19% more medical conditions. The Fully Developed Claim (FDC) was first tested as […]

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Denial of VA disability benefits – Options for review before appeal

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  Veterans Benefits  /  4 Comments

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If you’ve received a denial of your VA disability benefits claim, there are some options to consider before filing an appeal. Don’t be discouraged when you receive a denial. You should be aware that the VA has admitted to a high error rate in processing its claims. The denial could be due to an error […]

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