VA Disability Claim Denied?
After spending so much time and effort applying for VA disability, your claim gets denied by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). You feel lost and helpless, but you are not alone. So many other veterans are denied access to benefits that help them with their service-connected conditions.
Let a VA lawyer from Vetus Legal help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us today to schedule a free case review.
Disability Claim Eligibility
The first step in determining why your claim was denied is to ensure you are eligible for VA 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 Rhode Island 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.
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 Rhode Island 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 Serving Rhode Island
At Vetus Legal, our goal is to defend your rights and legal benefits as a veteran of the United States Armed Forces or other recognized Uniformed Services.
We understand how discouraging it can be to get your claim denied. If the VA has denied your compensation claim, we’re here to work for you by addressing claim denials at the following levels:
We will review your claim, inspect the VA’s decision, and assess your case to give you a candid assessment of your case. We are devoted to helping Rhode Island veterans get the compensation they deserve for their service-related conditions.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
VA Claim Lawyers Serving Rhode Island
Applying for VA benefits can be time-consuming. So receiving a denial after all your efforts is devastating. As difficult as it is, don’t give up. Rely on the VA lawyers from Vetus Legal to protect your rights as a United States veteran. We can help you appeal your denied claim to get you the compensation to which you’re entitled.
Contact us today to schedule a free case review.