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What Kind of Benefits are Possible with a Veterans Disability Claim?

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If you have gotten sick or injured while serving in the military, you may be eligible to collect veterans disability benefits. Disability compensation comes in the form of tax-free monthly payments based on several factors, including the extent of your disability.

Disabled veterans, as well as their spouses and children, may also be eligible for health and education benefits, as well as benefits through their state. VA disability lawyers help claimants maximize their disability awards and access any related benefits for which they may qualify. These are some of the factors that go into an award of monthly benefits and other assistance.

Who qualifies for VA disability benefits

To qualify for VA disability benefits, you must:

  • Have an illness or injury that arose during, was worsened or aggravated by, or presumed by the VA to have been caused by your military service; and
  • Have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.

Your disability will be rated based on the level of your impairment, expressed in percentages. If you have received a disability rating of 30 percent or more, you may be eligible for additional allowances for your dependents. If the VA denies your application, ask a personal injury lawyer with experience in Veterans claims to review your application.

Calculating the amount of VA disability benefits

If you have a qualifying injury, your monthly benefits will be calculated based on a table that starts with a base amount determined by the percentage of disability assigned by the VA. That base number can be modified if you qualify for benefits for dependents.

If you suffer from more than one qualifying disability, the VA uses a formula to assign an overall disability rating. The formula starts with the most severe disability and then factors in the levels of the other conditions to determine how impaired you are.

If you qualify for VA disability benefits, you may still qualify for – and collect – Social Security Disability (SSD, SSDI) at the same time.

Other benefits for eligible claimants

Your disability determination may also open up other benefits. For example, you may be eligible for in-home care, health care, employment services, education, and training.

Spouses of eligible veterans whose disability is permanent and total can also qualify for educational and training benefits through the Department of Education Assistance (DEA).

Get help with your VA disability claim

If your Veterans Administration disability claim has been denied, speak with a personal injury lawyer at Rutter Mills. Our Veterans disability lawyers stay informed with the most up-to-date information on the benefits available to service members under federal and Virginia law. Call today to schedule a consultation at our offices in Newport News or Norfolk.

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