Serving Veterans And Their Families Nationwide
Attorneys James G. Fausone and Kristina L. Derro have years of experience in the Veterans 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.
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
- Psychological cases
- Disability compensation
We assist with claims at the Veterans Affairs Regional Office, Board of Veterans Appeals, and U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The hardest claims to be granted are PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and those with undiagnosed or weak medical causation linkage. TBI claims are increasing as a result of the war in Iraq. It is estimated 70% of Iraq combat veterans suffer from mild to severe TBI, and between 11-18% of Afghanistan and Iraq, veterans develop PTSD. Veterans of 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 Denied Claim
We are allowed to represent a client only after the VA has denied their disability claim the first time. 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 proclaimed and non-adversarial. Unfortunately, that is not the reality of it. Claims statistics reveal 33% of appeals are dismissed on legal technicalities. Therefore, it is important that the veteran engages a lawyer that can bring an aggressive approach to the claims process.