Newport News Veterans Disability Lawyers


Newport News Veterans Disability Lawyers


If you served this country in the armed forces, thank you for your service. However when you get injured, you should not have to fight to get the support you need. Unfortunately, there are many hoops to jump through before getting the veterans’ disability benefits you deserve, and there is a high denial rate. If you were denied benefits, contact a Rutter Mills Newport News Veterans Disability Lawyer today.

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One of the most common reasons for VA claims to be denied is lack of medical evidence.


During the pandemic, thousands of VA claims were wrongfully denied.


The VA has reported an error rate of 14%, but a study by The Center for Investigative Reporting found that rate to be closer to 38%.

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Disability Ratings and Compensation in Newport News Veterans Disability Claims

Veterans disability benefits are based on the severity of your condition. When you file a claim for benefits, the VA will assess your case and ultimately assign you a disability rating. These are given out in 10% increments, with 0% meaning the VA does not consider you disabled at all and 100% meaning that it considers you completely disabled.

The amount of compensation you receive is determined by these disability ratings. Follow this link for a more detailed look for compensation rates.

Even if you already collect SSDI, you may still be entitled to veterans’ benefits. If you are experiencing physical and/or mental health problems, tinnitus, have Agent Orange exposure, Gulf War Syndrome or any other military related health problems, you believe are the result of your active-duty military service, contact us for a free consultation.

What You Need For A Successful Veterans Disability Claim In Newport News

Primarily, your disability status is proven by medical records and an assessment from medical care providers. The Department of Veterans Affairs will set you up with a Compensation & Pension Exam with an approved doctor, but it might also be a good idea to get an outside opinion.

The main source of evidence used in establishing a connection between your military service and disability is your military record of service. This should include the dates of your service, the details of your discharge, and information regarding any injuries you sustained while a member of the United States military.

To get benefits, you and your Newport News veterans disability attorney will need to prove either:

  1. You became injured/disabled during your time in the military
  2. You had a pre-existing illness or condition that was made worse by your time in the military.

There are some disabilities, known as “presumed disabilities,” that are automatically considered to be service-connected. In other words, you can get benefits as long as you show adequate proof that you served in the military and that you have one of these qualifying conditions. They include:

  • Conditions known to be associated with Agent Orange exposure
  • Injuries and conditions associated with sexual assault during your time in the military
  • Any chronic illness that appears within a year of your discharge from service
  • Illnesses or conditions you sustain while a prisoner of war
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Appealing Your VA Disability Claim in Newport News

An alarming number of veterans’ disability claims are denied each year. It could be that the paperwork was filed incorrectly, did not include enough evidence, or because of inexperienced evaluators wrongfully denying claims.

Depending on the circumstances of your claim’s denial, Rutter Mills Newport News veterans disability lawyers can help you appeal a decision that did not go in your favor.

Appeal Strategy #1: Higher-Level Review

When you seek a higher-level review appeal, you simply escalate your claim to a more experienced evaluator. Your claim remains as it is, and you are not allowed to add more evidence.

Appeal Strategy #2: Supplemental Claim

A supplemental claim is used when you and your attorney believe the reason for your denial was a lack of evidence. This appeal constitutes the filing of a new claim with additional evidence of your injury and service connection.

Appeal Strategy #3: Board Appeal

Board Appeals escalate a claim to a Veterans Law Judge at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. This can be a good strategy if your attorney believes your claim was wrongfully denied, and your claim will be handled by a judge with experience in veterans’ issues.

Contact a Newport News veterans disability attorney for expert legal guidance

A Rutter Mills case is a serious case. It may mean you have been badly injured. It certainly means you have a lot on the line, and the resolution of your case will make a big difference to you, your family, and your life moving forward.

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Dave suffered serious injuries in a car accident. The defendant’s insurance company tried to offer him a low amount so Dave called Rutter Mills. We took over dealing with the insurance and got Dave the money he needed to get back on his feet.

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On his way home from work at the shipyard, Dan was involved in an accident. He tried to file a claim on his own, but the insurance company wouldn’t give him the money he needed to put his life back on track. Dan knew he needed to call Rutter Mills.

They actually won my case 3 times!

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After her car accident, Larena asked her father, a local stevedore, for his advice on who to call. He recommended Rutter Mills. Her team of car accident experts at Rutter Mills fought back when the insurance companies tried to deny her the money she needed to recuperate from her injuries. We took her case to trial – and won. When the insurance company filed their appeals, we beat them again – two more times! Larena got the money she needed and the justice she deserved.

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After a car accident, Jamaree’s first call was to her mom. She was shaken up and scared. Mom told her “We’re calling Rutter Mills. Her next was to Rutter Mills. Her Rutter Mills car accident team helped her get compensation “above & beyond” what she was expecting.

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After John was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, he turned to the person he trusts most for a recommendation. His wife, a paralegal of 30 years, told him to call Rutter Mills on the advice of the lawyer she worked for.

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Taryn was in a car accident while she was pregnant. She knew she needed someone in her corner to protect her rights and her family’s future.

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A devasting accident changed Levon’s life forever. The physical and emotional toll left him scared and in pain. When the insurance company for the defendant contacted the family, they made an offer that did not even cover the cost of the medication, much less doctors’ bills, and physical therapy. They knew they needed to talk to a serious lawyer. Rutter Mills took care of the negotiation so Levon could focus on healing.

When you’ve got a serious injury, you need a serious lawyer. That’s why we chose Rutter Mills.

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When Ed was injured in a motorcycle crash, he knew he needed a serious lawyer to protect his rights. The insurance companies were fighting him every step of the way. Rutter Mills helped prove Ed’s case and get him the money he needed to get on the road to recovery.

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They knew they needed a serious lawyer when Carol and her son were seriously injured. After the other party’s insurance company tried to get her to settle for less than she needed, Carol called Rutter Mills for help. We took on the insurance company so she could focus on healing.

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VET -David S.

I knew it would be a long hard road to get an award from the VA for my multiple disabilities. However, the process was made so much easier with Rutter Mills. I was kept informed and able to follow the decision making process with my claim at the VA. They were always available if I had any questions and responded promptly. I was able to obtain a 100% rating, and couldn’t be more pleased with how they handled things from start to finish. I would gladly recommend them to any vet facing a situation like mine.


I came to Rutter Mills after I was turned down by the VA Administration for my benefits. The quality of their work showed in the outcomes they produced in my case. I fully recommend Rutter Mills to anyone needing help for there disability.

Annette C.

I heard a lot of great things about Rutter Mills, so I took the leap and had them file my disability claim. I was worried and stressed but they made the process worry free. They did all the hard work for me. I would absolutely recommend this law firm.

Anna R

Thank you to my Attorney - Eric Porcaro and paralegal Kamilah White for doing such a stellar job on my case! It was a real pleasure working with this team!

Christine M

Shelley was with us from start to finish with our case. She explained everything to us that we did not understand. Very patient if we had a question. If she did not know it, found out the answer and got back with us. She went above and beyond to help us with everything.


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