Disability claim denied by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)? You’re not alone. Many people don’t know that an estimated 30% of VA disability claims are denied every year in the United States.
We have helped veterans in Kentucky 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.
You fought for your country. You protected life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
You came home, only to find yourself back on the front lines—fighting to get the benefits you earned on the battlefield or while supporting those who were.
At Vetus Legal, our veterans disability lawyers make it our mission to help warriors and their survivors and dependents get compensated for their military service. We’ll help you appeal your denied claim and get your disability rating increased so that you can rest easy.
Contact our VA lawyers serving Kentucky today to discuss your claim.
The first step in determining why your claim was denied is to ensure you are eligible for VA disability benefits. Kentucky veterans must prove they meet the eligibility criteria outlined in a VA disability claim.
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:
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.
Of course, an essential requirement for VA disability benefits in Kentucky 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 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.
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:
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 veterans disability lawyer to ensure their claim is processed correctly and all necessary evidence is presented.
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.
At Vetus Legal, our goal is to advocate for 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.
Were you denied disability benefits?
A denied VA claim is frustrating. After all, you were counting on those benefits to help you make ends meet. Now what?
At Vetus Legal, we’ve got your six. Let us take it from here—starting with a consultation with our experienced veterans disability lawyers.
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.
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.
An estimated 370,000 veterans reside within Kentucky’s borders. That’s why the Bluegrass State aims to serve its veterans with various VA resources.
Yes. You can file as many claims as needed with VA. VA recognizes that conditions and illnesses may not always show up at the same time.
It depends entirely on the frequency, duration, and severity of the symptoms of your service-connected disabilities. It may be difficult to achieve a 100% disability rating for one service-connected condition. Most veterans who achieve this rating have more than one qualifying condition.
Sometimes. Once approved for veterans disability benefits, VA will periodically review your case to determine whether you should still be receiving benefits. However, VA may determine that your injury or illness is permanently disabling, which generally excludes you from periodic review.