Serving Veterans And Their Families Nationwide
Attorneys James G. Fausone, Deanne L. Bonner Simpson, and Kristina L. Derro have years of experience in the VA Disability Law landscape, and Attorney Jennifer L. Mariucci has almost 13 years of experience in Social Security Disability Law. Our practice group, Legal Help For Veterans, PLLC, utilizes a network of medical specialists and former military physicians to assist our nation’s veterans with service-connecting their VA disability claims.
Types of Claims for Veterans Disability Benefits
Our attorneys handle VA claims throughout the U.S. that involve:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Agent Orange
- Dependents Indemnity
- Mental Health
- Disability compensation
We assist veterans with claims at the VA Regional Office, Board of Veterans’ Appeals, and U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Some of the toughest claims to get granted are PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and undiagnosed symptoms needing more medical evidence to support a link to service.
PTSD and TBI claims are increasing due to the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is estimated that 20% of combat veterans from this period have experienced a brain injury, and potentially 60-80% of veterans with other blast injuries may also have a traumatic brain injury. Meanwhile, in a survey of 60,000 deployed/non-deployed veterans that served during this time period, over 15% of deployed veterans were screened positive for PTSD. A significant number of veterans from the Gulf War, Vietnam, and Somalia also suffer from PTSD and TBI.
The VA Claims Process
In order to qualify, you have to be a veteran or dependent. After you file the claim, the VA Regional Office obtains copies of the veteran’s service and medical records. After the relevant evidence has been collected, the VA will issue a determination on the claim, called a “rating decision,” which will either grant or deny the benefit.
If the VA denies the claim, the veteran has one year to appeal.
We Can Help With Your VA Disability Claim
In most cases, we represent veterans after they have received a denial from the Department of Veterans Affairs. But we are happy to discuss your new claims, which we would handle on a pro bono basis. We handle all the administrative details, working with the client and our staff to ensure the best result possible.
By law, the VA disability claims process was established to be pro-claimant and non-adversarial. Unfortunately, that is not the reality of it. Claims statistics reveal 33% of appeals are denied on legal technicalities. Therefore, it is imperative that the veteran engages a lawyer that can bring an aggressive approach to the claims process.