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Know When to Seek for Help from a Veterans Disability Benefits Lawyer

Veterans disability benefits are a form of financial support from the U.S. government given to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who were injured or had incurred a disease or disability during military service. The amount of payment given is dependent on the degree of the veteran’s disability. All veterans of the U.S. military service are eligible to apply for this benefit provided that they’ve been active members for more than 60 days and their disability or disease is service-connected.

The application for veterans disability benefits is time-consuming as it requires a lot of paperwork to serve as proof of eligibility. There are times when veterans are denied this claim as a result of dishonorable discharge, desertion, misconduct, or imprisonment due to a civil court felony or court martial. If your case is not included in the aforementioned grounds of ineligibility, then you can hire a knowledgeable veterans disability benefits lawyer to help you on your appeal.

Before hiring an attorney, it is important to know his training background and experience with this kind of case. Here are some questions that you might want to ask before hiring a veterans disability lawyer:

  • Are you credited by the U.S. Veterans Affairs?
  • Since when have you been practicing in the field of veterans law?
  • Have you attended any veterans law training?
  • Are you willing to represent me throughout my appeal?
  • Can you help me obtain the earliest effective date for my benefits?
  • Can you help me obtain the highest rating for my disability claim?

The veterans disability attorney costs mostly depends on the type of service you need. For disability benefits appeals, a lawyer can charge up to 33% for handling a case but will only be paid if the veteran has been awarded with the benefits. These fees are usually deducted from the veteran’s lump sum imbursement from the Veterans Affairs.

One thing to remember when hiring a lawyer is to not be intimidated. In order to build a strong case, you should talk openly about concerns and be realistic with your demands. Do that and you or your veteran loved one will be on the way to claiming due compensation.

(Source: How to Hire a Veterans Law Attorney, The VAWatchdog.org)

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