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WAS YOUR VA DISABILITY CLAIM DENIED?

We have helped veterans in Alabama and throughout the nation appeal their denied VA disability claims. If you have received a negative decision from the VA – we can help! Our team will review your case for free to determine your best course of action.

VA Disability Claim Denied?

By some estimates, roughly 30% of VA disability claims are denied each year. Are you one of the people who had their Veterans Affairs (VA) claim denied?

If you need help appealing your VA claim in Alabama, you can rely on Vetus Legal to assist you. Vetus Legal helps members of every branch of the military earn the benefits they deserve for their service-related disabilities.

Disability Claim Eligibility

The first step in determining why your veterans benefits were denied is to ensure you are eligible for veterans disability benefits. Veterans must prove they meet the eligibility criteria outlined in a VA disability claim.

Definition of a Qualifying Veteran

The VA defines a qualifying veteran as one that meets specific requirements regarding service period and type of discharge. Service period requirements vary depending on the years in which the veteran served.

For an individual to be considered a qualifying veteran, their service period must have been either 24 consecutive months or for the entire service period in which they were called to active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty for training.

Exceptions to the service period requirements include:

  • Veterans who served prior to Sept. 7, 1980
  • Veterans who were discharged due to hardship
  • Veterans who were discharged after a disability that was made worse or caused by their service in active duty

Dishonorable discharges generally disqualify a veteran from VA disability compensation. “Other than Honorable” discharges may disqualify the veteran from disability benefits. Still, exceptions exist that allow VA to find such veteran’s service to be sufficiently honorable.

Have a Current Disability

Of course, an essential requirement for VA disability benefits in Alabama is that the veteran is indeed disabled. It’s a good idea for veterans filing for benefits to think about any and all ailments and health issues they suffer from and make a list of them.

It helps the veteran during the veterans disability claims process if they seek medical treatment for the health issues they’re experiencing instead of just “sucking it up.” Being treated for these conditions will create official documentation outside the claim process confirming the health problems they’re experiencing.

Show the Current Disability is Related to Recognized Service

A veteran filing a VA disability claim must be able to prove that the disabling condition is connected to their service.

Veterans should include the following to help the VA verify that the disability resulted from service:

  • A medical nexus letter from a qualified, medically-trained expert
  • Physician documentation
  • Complete medical records
  • Buddy statements from family, friends, or service members explaining their observations of the frequency, severity, and duration of the symptoms they see and when they first observed them

What Happens if My VA Disability Claim in Alabama is Denied?

The most common reason claims are denied is lack of sufficient evidence, followed by failure to meet eligibility criteria. Veterans seeking disability benefits should consult with an experienced VA attorney to ensure their claim is processed correctly and all necessary evidence is presented.

Appealing Your Denied VA Disability Claim

If the VA denies your disability claim, it does not mean the fight is over. You have the right to appeal the VA’s decision. It is essential to look at the denial letter and identify why the VA has denied your claim. This information will be important when building your case for a VA appeal.

The process is more intensive if you need to go with the option that includes a hearing. The help of a VA attorney will go a long way in guiding you through the appeals process and ensuring a favorable outcome.

Top VA Disability Lawyers in Alabama

At Vetus Legal, our goal is to protect your rights and legal benefits as a veteran of the United States Armed Forces or other recognized Uniformed Services.

If the VA has denied your compensation claims, we’re here to work for you by addressing claim denials at the following levels:

We will work with you through every step of this process, starting by reviewing your claim as well as the VA’s decision. We promise to give you an honest assessment of your claims before we move forward with an appeal.

Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

VA Claim Lawyers Serving Alabama

Navigating what to do after having your VA disability claim denied is overwhelming. You may feel defeated, but realize that you can fight for your right to compensation. And at Vetus Legal, we will help you every step of the way.

Contact a veterans disability attorney serving Alabama from Vetus Legal today to get started on your case.

VA DISABILITY CALCULATOR

Step 1

Enter your disabilities using the buttons below.

If your disability is on an extremity push that proper leg or arm button then push the percentage, if it is not just select the percentage.

Disabilities List (click to remove)

Step 2

Answer these questions below.

Do VA disabilities keep you from working? If so, you should be rated at 100%.

FREE CASE REVIEW

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PRESUMPTIVE CONDITIONS

The PACT Act is a new law that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances.

What do the new presumptive conditions mean for you?

It’s simple: If you meet the criteria, you are automatically eligible for VA benefits. If you feel you are qualified and the VA has denied your claim, contact us immediately.

COMMON VA DISABILITY CLAIMS

  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)
  • Anemia
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
  • Chronic Conjunctivitis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  • Coronary Artery Disease (Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease)
  • Degenerative Arthritis of the Spine
  • Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)
  • Diabetes Type 2
  • Eczema
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Flat Feet (Pes Planus)
  • Gastroesophageal Reflex Disease (GERD)
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Limitation of Flexion of the Knee
  • Limitation of Motion of the Arm
  • Limitation of Range of Motion of the Ankle
  • Limited Motion of the Jaw (Temporomandibular Disorder)
  • Lumbosacral or Cervical Strain
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Meniere's Syndrome
  • Migraines (Headaches)
  • Nephrolithiasis (Kidney Stones)
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Prostate Gland Injuries
  • Radiculopathy
  • Scars, General
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Somatic Symptom Disorder (Chronic Pain Syndrome)
  • Tinnitus
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vertigo

Veterans Resources in Alabama

Here are some local resources for veterans who live in Alabama.

ALABAMA CERTIFIED VA DISABILITY ATTORNEYS NEAR YOU

  • Huntsville
  • Birmingham
  • Montgomery
  • Mobile
  • Tuscaloosa
  • Hoover
  • Auburn
  • Dothan
  • Decatur
  • Madison
  • Florence
  • Vestavia Hills
  • Phenix City
  • Prattville
  • Gadsden
  • Alabaster
  • Opelika
  • Northport
  • Enterprise
  • Daphne
  • Homewood
  • Bessemer
  • Athens
  • Trussville
  • Pelham
  • Albertville
  • Oxford
  • Mountain Brook
  • Fairhope
  • Anniston
  • Helena
  • Foley

VA Claims in Alabama FAQs

Should I get a VA disability lawyer?

It’s always a good idea to speak with an experienced VA disability attorney as soon as possible following a denied claim. A wealth of knowledge of VA law and strategies for the appeals process will go a long way in achieving a favorable outcome for your case.

When should I contact a VA lawyer?

The sooner you hire a VA lawyer, the better. Whether you need help filing a claim or submitting an appeal, veterans benefits lawyers can help you. If you have a lawyer when submitting your claim, you may have a better chance of being approved for disability the first time around.

Alternatively, as soon as your claim gets denied, you should hire a lawyer so they can help you with the appeals process.

What are VA benefit rates?

The VA calculates compensation for disability based on a rating scale. After reviewing your claim, the VA will assign you a rating that reflects your service-related disabilities. The scale is from 0% to 100% and is given in 10% increments.

NATIONWIDE VA ACCREDITED ATTORNEYS

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Washington, DC
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming