Assistance With Complex Claims for VA Benefits
If you are a veteran of the U.S. armed forces, you may be eligible for disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) if you have a disease or illness that is connected to your military service. These benefits can be a financial lifesaver, but the application process may be long and complex. This is especially true if your claim was initially denied.
Under the law, you are entitled to an attorney if your claim was initially denied. By retaining experienced legal counsel, you may improve your chances of receiving full payment for your disabilities. At The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, you will find attorneys who can provide experienced guidance through the VA benefits process. We help clients in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse and throughout western, central and upstate New York.
Types of Cases
Our lawyers provide knowledgeable representation for clients who are striving to obtain disability benefits following service in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard or Marines. We have experience with claims involving amputations, traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), exposure to toxic chemicals and other illnesses and injuries.
You are not required to have legal counsel to assist with your claim, but an attorney can be helpful. A successful claim may require medical records, service records and other documentation, hearings and appeals. Even minor errors can delay the complex process.
The VA Disability Claims Process
Steps in the VA benefits process may include:
- Medical examination: You will likely be required to have a free medical examination. The results will be used along with your medical and treatment records to determine whether and to what level of benefits you are entitled.
- Disability rating: Your VA office will provide you with a disability rating that represents how your disability or illness affects your ability to earn a living. Your disability rating determines the amount of your disability benefits.
- Appealing unfavorable decisions: You may disagree with your rating and the amount of your benefits, or you may not be awarded anything. In these cases, you can appeal the decision.
- Filing second appeals: If you disagree with the results of your first appeal, you can file an additional appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Appeals, particularly second appeals, can be complex. At The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, our attorneys will answer your VA benefits questions and handle the entire appeals process for you, while you focus on the rest of your life.
Contact The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller Law, PLLC
Schedule a free initial consultation to learn more about how we can help you. Simply call 888-322-9399 or contact us online. Most of our cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will not be charged attorneys fees unless we obtain benefits for you.