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NYC Veterans Disability Benefits Attorney

You deserve to live your life with dignity. We can help.

You honorably served our country. Now, you deserve to receive the benefits you rightfully earned in the United States military. If you sustained an injury during your years of service (or sometimes even afterward), you may be eligible to receive Veterans Disability Benefits. These tax free benefits are paid to veterans as long as they experience pain and suffering and are based on a veteran's disability rating on the Combined Ratings Table.

New York City attorneys at Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP understand that obtaining veterans disability benefits can be difficult and complicated. We know how the system works. We're familiar with the requirements of the Veterans Administration.  That's because we have years of experience handling disability cases and we can help you obtain you service connected disability benefits. We can also answer many of the questions people often have about veterans disability benefits, including:

New York veterans who honorably served our country and sustained an injury deserve to be taken care of after their time in the military. That's why we're honored to work with you. Every veteran deserves to receive the benefits they earned, including you. Obtaining your veterans disability can be very complicated, which is why you need an experienced attorney in your corner. Call (800) 692- 3717 or contact us online for your free evaluation. You served your country-now let us serve you, and help you obtain the veterans' benefits you rightfully deserve.

What benefits are available to disabled veterans?

Some of the most common benefits available for disabled veterans and their families include:

  • Disability Benefits - for injury or illness incurred in or aggravated as a result of service in the U.S. Military.
  • Social Security Disability - even if your disability was not service related, if it has caused you to stop working these benefits may be available to you. If you are found to be eligible for SSD benefits, you will automatically be enrolled in Medicare after receiving two years of SSD benefits.
  • Other Benefits - such as medical benefits, educational benefits, grants for adaptive housing and equipment and survivors benefits.

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How much money do most veterans receive in disability benefits?

The amount of money veterans receive in disability benefits varies depending primarily on several factors, including:

  • Severity of injury
  • Ability to work
  • Marital status
  • Number of dependents (including parents and children living with veteran)

Benefits can range from less than $100 a month to sometimes more than $3,000 a month. We can help you understand how much your disability might be worth, then work with you to help you obtain the maximum amount of compensation the law affords you.

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Is my injury covered by veterans benefits?

In most cases, if you sustained an injury while serving in the United States military, you are eligible to receive healthcare benefits. You may also be able to receive benefits if your injury occurred after you served in the military if you can prove that your current injury was the result of a medical condition caused by your military service-related work.

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Who decides if I'm eligible to receive veterans disability benefits?

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs determines if you're eligible to receive VA benefits. The VA bases its decision on a number of factors, including the severity of a veteran's injury when determining a patient's VA compensation rate. In general, if you sustained an injury while serving in the United States Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps or Navy, you should qualify for VA disability benefits.

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How does the VA determine a veteran's disability rating?

The VA considers many factors when deciding if or how much money to pay veterans with a disability. In particular, the VA considers a veteran's disability rating when deciding the amount of money to pay a veteran and his or her family. A veteran's disability rating can range from 0 percent to 100 percent. A veteran with multiple disabilities might have a high rating since the separate ratings may be combined into a single, larger rating. The VA then uses its Combined Ratings Table to determine a veteran's exact disability rating.

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What is the normal wait time for approval of a disability benefits application?

How long it takes the VA to process your application for veterans disability benefits depends on a number of factors, including the type of disability, documentation of your injury and the number of disabilities you claimed on your application. Wait times also vary from one VA office to another. In New York, it normally takes just over 6 months (approximate 190 days) for the VA to complete the application process, according to the VA's latest statistics for September 2015. But some appeals can take less time or much longer.

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Can I appeal my denied veterans disability application?

Yes. You have the right to file an appeal - and you should! It's also important to know that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs frequently denies applications for many different reasons. To appeal your denial of benefits, you will need to file a Notice of Disagreement (NOD) with Veterans Affairs. As part of this process, many people file a Statement in Support of Claim form (VA form 21-4138). If your claim is denied, it's wise to contact an attorney who is familiar with the process. We can help you fill out and file VA form 21-4138. We know how to complete these forms and what information the VA is looking for in particular when making such important decisions.

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What if my veterans disability application appeal is denied?

Don't give up! You still have options and can ask the VA to reconsider your denied appeal. In particular, you can request a re-review by a Regional Officer at the VA. You can also take your case to the Board of Veteran Appeals. You might even be able to take legal action and file an appeal in the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Many options exist. That's why it's important to contact our law firm. We can help you decide the best course of action.

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How can a New York veterans disability lawyer help me?

The VA disability benefits claims process can be long, complicated and confusing. An experienced New York veterans disability benefits attorney can help you understand all the options available to you. That way, you can make smart decisions and present the best possible case to the VA. That's why we're eager to work with you. We understand how important this is to you. Expenses can add up fast if you're unable to work and require extensive medical care due to your service-related injury. Turn to us for the help you need now to get your life back on track.

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