Boston Veterans' Disability Attorneys
If you were injured during your time in the U.S. Armed Forces, you may be eligible for veterans' disability benefits. However, applying for benefits is a complicated process, and that is why you need a Boston veterans' benefits attorney to help you every step of the way.
The experienced attorneys at Janet, Jenner & Suggs have helped many veterans with disabilities obtain benefits to support themselves and their families. Our Boston veterans' disability attorneys charge no upfront fees and do not receive compensation unless our clients do first.
Do You Qualify for Veterans' Disability Benefits?
In order to receive disability benefits, you must have an injury or disability that meets two criteria:
- The disability was caused or aggravated by an injury sustained during your military service.
- Your disability or injury is directly related to your military service.
Common disabilities that satisfy these criteria include:
- Posttraumatic stress disorder
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Lost limbs
- Loss of hearing
- Gulf War Syndrome
- Lou Gehrig's Disease
- Arm and leg injuries
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Radiation poisoning
There are many other disabilities and injuries that may qualify for disability benefits. However, no matter what condition you have, you will need extensive documentation to prove it is directly related to your military service.
A skilled Boston veterans' disability attorney will know what documentation you need. An attorney can also help you complete your initial application to make a compelling case for receiving benefits.
The Boston veterans' disability attorneys at Janet, Jenner & Suggs know that small errors can hurt your chances of being approved for benefits. That is why we carefully review each application to make sure it is error-free.
Fill out a Free Case Evaluation form today.
Appeals Process if Your Claim is Denied
Even if you have a compelling claim, it is possible your application for disability benefits will be denied. Fortunately, you can appeal a denial of your claim for any reason.
The first step in an appeal is to file a Notice of Disagreement with your local Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) office within one year of receiving a denial.
If your appeal is denied and you want to file another one, you must do so within 60 days from the date you received the second denial letter in the mail.
If your claim is denied for a third time, you can appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and you may be able to appeal your claim all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
It is possible you will not have to take your claim that far to obtain benefits and the entire process may take just a few months. However, obtaining disability benefits could take you several months or several years.
Going through this process on your own is a lot to ask, particularly when you are struggling to adjust to life with a disability.
That is why you need to contact our Boston veterans' disability attorneys so we can help you through the process. We can help ensure that each appeal offers you the best opportunity to reverse the denial of your claim.
Contact us today at 1-877-692-3862 for a free legal consultation.
Types of Disability Benefits
If the VA approves your claim for disability benefits, you could be eligible for various types of compensation, including:
- Disability compensation, which is the standard form of tax-free compensation for veterans with disabilities.
- Special monthly compensation (SMC), which is reserved for special circumstances, such as when a veteran has lost the use of a hand or leg and needs aid and attendance from another person. SMC is a higher rate of compensation than standard disability compensation.
- Special disability compensation could include funds for individual unemployability, automobile allowance, clothing allowance and hospitalization, among other things.
The amount of money you receive depends on your disability rating, determined by the VA. You could be anywhere from 10 percent to 100 percent disabled. The higher your percentage, the more benefits you will receive. If you are at least 30 percent disabled, you may be eligible for extra compensation for your dependents.
Our Boston veterans' disability attorneys will help you collect the appropriate medical documents to help make sure the VA gives you an accurate disability rating. We want you to receive all of the compensation you are entitled to support yourself and your family.
Complete a Free Case Evaluation form today.
Contact Our Boston Veterans' Disability Attorneys
Considering the many sacrifices they have made for our country, it is a shame many veterans have to go through such a complicated process to receive disability benefits.
Fortunately, veterans have the option to work with a skilled attorney to help make the process a little easier.
Our Boston veterans' disability attorneys know how to successfully navigate the disability benefit process. We can help you complete all of the necessary paperwork and make sure you have a compelling case for being granted benefits.
Call our Boston veterans' disability lawyers today at 1-877-692-3862.