St. Augustine Veterans' Benefits Lawyers


Updated

Oct 1, 2018

Morgan & Morgan has served as counsel in countless veteran’s benefits claims, and we can help you too. Getting fair treatment from the Veteran’s Administration can be a complicated, time-consuming process, and may require several appeals, but you improve your chances of success with our legal team in your corner.

The Veteran’s Benefits Administration offers a scope of benefits and services to eligible veterans. These benefits can include:

  • Disability compensation
  • Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) – Generally paid to surviving family members.
  • Special monthly compensation – this is a higher rate of compensation for special circumstances.
  • Special compensation claims – to pay for aid from another person, and other factors.

If you’ve been denied disability benefits or death benefits, we can help. Appealing a denied disability claim takes skill and know-how. Government agencies have complex procedures, and the Veteran’s Administration is no exception. Any minor error or failure to provide correct documentation will lead to a long delay or a denial.

You need a legal professional who will fight for you. These benefit claims have important deadlines and may require additional medical records or other documentation, based upon the situation. Even when all goes as it should, it typically takes several hundred days to get a final decision.

Denied Claims: How to Get the Veteran Benefits You Deserve

Proving your disability is connected to your service in the military can be the most challenging issue in getting a claim approved. Our experienced veteran’s benefits attorneys are well aware of the multitude of issues in dealing with the Veteran’s Administration, and what it takes to get this agency to sit up and listen, rather than denying you the benefits you deserve.

Your claim starts will have four basic requirements:

  • You must be a veteran.
  • You must have a current medical condition.
  • Your condition must have been caused by an event that occurred while you were on active duty status.
  • You must prove that your current disability is directly related to the event you suffered while on active duty.

The most pivotal point is that your current condition is an aggravation or development of something that happened to you while serving in a branch of the Armed Forces. You must show a medical diagnosis of your current disability, and medical proof that it developed from a disease or injury sustained while serving in the military.

Ensuring Your Disability Rating is Accurate

Our legal team will work diligently to prove your disability rating, as well as other factors that could impact the amount you are due in benefits, including benefits for your dependents. Most disabilities are rated by the VA at 20 percent or less. If you believe your disability should be rated higher, we can help you file an appeal and investigate the physicians report upon which the ruling was based. It may not accurately describe your physical state, and we know exactly what to do if this is the case.

VA Benefits for Survivors of Deceased Veterans

We have experience effectively advocating for veterans and their families in St. Augustine. Spouses, dependent children and dependent parents of deceased veterans may be eligible for benefits, including:

  • Education program refund
  • Civil Service preference
  • Commissary and exchange privileges
  • Dependency and indemnity compensation
  • Education and training
  • Burial benefits
  • Dependency and indemnity compensation
  • Education and training
  • Healthcare
  • Home loan guarantees
  • Life insurance proceeds

The entire subject of Veteran’s benefits reveals the flaws in how the bureaucracy functions. It is full of arbitrary “red tape” and forces eligible, deserving veterans to suffer and wait due to long administrative delays. We can help. Give us a call and we can arrange a free consultation.

Thank you for your service. We are committed to protecting the rights and interests of our veterans – call now.

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