Veterans Disability Law
What is Veterans Disability Compensation?
Veterans Disability compensation, also known as service-connected disability benefits, provides a monthly tax-free payment to veterans who either got injured or fell sick while in active military duty and to veterans who had a pre-existing condition that was made worse while serving in the military.
You can also qualify for VA disability benefits if you suffer from physically debilitating conditions such as injury or illness or mental health problems such as PTSD caused by your military service. .
These service-connected disability benefits are also paid for families or next of kin of a person who died in the line of duty or, from a service-connected condition.
Qualifications for Service-Connected Disability Benefits
To qualify for the VA disability benefits, you must:
Be a veteran who actively served in the United States military, naval, or air services
Have been released or discharged under any other condition except dishonorable
Show evidence that you currently suffer from a disability
Show evidence of an injury, incident, or event that caused your disability happened during your period of military service
You can also qualify for VA disability benefits if you suffer from an illness or disease caused by exposure to harmful conditions such as exposure to Agent Orange in the Vietnam War or, exposure to other chemicals in the Persian War known as Gulf War Syndrome.
How Disability is Rated and The Amount You Can Expect to Get
The VA has a percentage rating that’s used to determine the rate severity of a service-connected disability on a scale of 0 to 100 percent. The rating is designed to show the average level of impairment caused by your service-connected disability.
The higher your disability percentage, the higher the amount of monthly benefit you get. If you have multiple service-connected disabilities, they will be combined into a single rating. The amount you get is fixed by law and the compensation isn’t taxed.
Can Surviving Spouse or Child Get VA Disability Benefits?
Anyone who qualifies as a surviving spouse, child, or parent of a veteran who died in active duty or as a result of a service-connected condition can apply for VA disability benefits.
When Can You Apply for VA Disability Compensation?
There’s no time limit to submit a VA disability claim but it’s highly recommended that you file your claim as soon as possible because your benefits will begin on your filing date. There’s a time limit for filing an appeal if your claim is denied. Keep in mind that the veterans’ disability system is a long process due to the significant number of cases the VA receives and the general backlog in the system.
You can expect your claim to take up to a whole year to be reviewed and approved. This is why it’s important to get a good lawyer with experience in VA disability claims to help you get the compensation you deserve.
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