Why the VA Disability Lawyer You Choose Matters
If you’re a veteran with a service-connected disability, you may be entitled to tax-free monthly benefits from the VA, but navigating the approval process isn’t always easy. Choosing the right VA disability lawyer could mean the difference to whether or not you receive benefits each month for the rest of your life.
Disability benefits are awarded to veterans who meet certain eligibility criteria. The amount of monthly compensation is determined by a graduated scale according to a disability rating from 0% to 100%. Even if you already collect SSDI, you may still be entitled to veterans’ benefits.
Rutter Mills has decades of experience representing veterans in VA disability claims, including claims for PTSD, Agent Orange, traumatic brain injuries, individual employability, burn pit exposure, combat-related injuries, and many other physical and mental health conditions.
Our VA disability claim lawyers are proud to represent veterans in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and coastal Virginia. If you are experiencing physical and/or mental health problems you believe are the result of your active-duty military service, contact us for a free consultation.
Appealing a Denied VA Disability Claim
Military service members make enormous sacrifices to protect our country and deserve to be compensated when their service causes injury or undermines their health. Yet, many VA disability claims are denied year after year.
If you applied for a disability rating and were denied by the VA, let our legal team review the matter at no cost to you. Our VA disability lawyers can assist with cases as early as when a veteran’s claim has been denied. We also handle appeals to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims.
Secure Maximum Benefits for your Service Disability
The best way to improve the odds of securing the disability benefits you deserve is by working with an experienced veterans’ disability law firm like Rutter Mills.
Our dedicated VA disability lawyers work diligently to advance our clients’ claims by:
- Ensuring you meet eligibility criteria for VA disability benefits
- Filing in a timely manner to establish an early effective date
- Securing the evidence necessary (including military service records, VA and private medical records, and statements from healthcare experts) to substantiate your case
- Working with medical experts to help document related secondary medical conditions
- Appealing claims that have been unfairly denied within applicable deadlines
- Keeping lines of communication open so clients are apprised of the status of their claim
Given the constantly changing policies and procedures imposed by the VA, our veterans disability benefits lawyers stay abreast of the latest updates to make sure our clients are positioned for success.
We understand that every case is different, so whether you are suffering from cognitive or physical issues, we will fight for the benefits you are owed.
Common VA Disability Claims
According to data from the US Census Bureau, some of the most common service‐connected disabilities in veterans who are receiving benefits include:
- Agent Orange exposure
- Ankle injuries
- Anxiety disorders
- Diabetes mellitus (including diabetic neuropathy, retinopathy, etc.)
- Flat feet (pes planus)
- Hearing loss
- Heart disease (including coronary artery disease, ischemic heart disease, etc.)
- Hip injuries
- Knee pain or knee instability (osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, etc.)
- Lower back pain (lumbar degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, etc.)
- Major depression
- Migraine headaches
- Neck or upper back pain (cervical degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, etc.)
- Post‐traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Radiculopathy or other nerve pain in the arms
- Sciatica, radiculopathy, or other nerve pain in the legs
- Sleep Apnea
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
VA Disability Claim Timeline
Veterans can file a disability claim at any time after their service, but compelling evidence can be harder to come by with the passage of time.
It’s worth noting the appeals process for disability claims can take many months, if not years. Fortunately, as long as your attorney has kept the appeal open with your original effective date, you are likely eligible for back pay for the time that has elapsed during the process.
In most cases, the effective date is the same date the VA disability claim is filed. However, there are some exceptions where special rules may apply. In our experience, disability cases involving Agent Orange exposure and PTSD have a much higher chance of getting effective dates that are truly representative of when the condition occurred — sometimes decades earlier.
Discuss your VA disability claim with Rutter Mills
If you are a veteran and have a service‐connected injury or medical condition that is still impacting or limiting you, you may be entitled to veterans’ disability benefits. Please contact Rutter Mills for a free consultation.
We are not paid a fee unless the claim or appeal is granted and results in retroactive monetary compensation to you.
IF YOU'RE A VETERAN EXPERIENCING A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS CALL THE VETERANS CRISIS LINE 1-800-273-8255 OPTION 1
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“There s a big difference between hiring a ‘claims advocate’ and hiring a real attorney. Not only are we more skilled at knowing the law, but we roll up our sleeves and do the actual work of getting you a resolution. Many so-called ‘advocates’ will simply mail you a packet of claims forms. Getting clients those benefits they desperately need to pay their medical bills, keep their homes and feed their families is incredibly rewarding. These people really need somebody to go to bat for them they way they went to bat for our country. I’m honored to represent them as their VA disability lawyer.”
– Robert Gillikin, VA Disability Lawyer