VA General Info and Helpful Tips on Starting Your VA Disability Claim

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Are You Filing a VA Claim for a Physical or Mental Health Condition?

Veterans who develop a mental or physical illness, such as PTSD, after serving in the US military may be entitled to receive VA disability compensation and other benefits. If you sustained an injury, you must file a VA claim and provide medical records and documents evidencing your health issues.
As a veteran, if you were disabled due to a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during your active military service, you are supposed to get suitable compensation and benefits depending on your VA disability rating.
Did you know that compensation and benefits may also be available to you for any post-service disabilities occurring in military service or presumed to be pertaining to circumstances of military service?
Besides compensation, veterans with disabilities, such as traumatic brain injury may also be eligible for insurance and housing benefits. However, you may not know how to start or file your disability claim. This is where Veterans Help Group can help.

Reliable VA Disability Advocates in Florida

The VA advocates at Veterans Help Group provide a wide range of convenient VA legal services for veterans like you needing legal representation or assistance with their claims. If you served our beloved country and sustained an injury or developed a mental health condition, such as depression, because of your military service, Veterans Help Group believes that you deserve disability benefits or compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
However, many veterans are unfairly denied VA benefits after filing a disability claim. Others don’t know how to prepare and file their claims. If you are one of them, our Florida disability advocates will help you file a claim or an appeal.


Services-Related Disability or Injury

The US government covers disabilities and injuries, such as stress fractures, related to military service. It is worth noting that certain health conditions are deemed presumptively arising out of your military service within a particular time limit.
For example, this includes specific chronic and prisoner of war-related diseases. It also includes diseases associated with exposure to chemicals and certain herbicides. Note that this includes multiple sclerosis, tuberculosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, cancer, and Parkinson’s disease.

Starting your VA Disability Claim

If you are disabled because of a service-related injury, you can apply for veteran’s compensation and benefits. You can apply online or through an accredited agent or representative. You can also file through your regional VA office. If you are unsure how to go about it, Veterans Help Group can help.

Your application for the claim should include separation or discharge papers, medical evidence, and Service Treatment Records (STRs).

If required, the VA will provide a medical exam or get a medical opinion. You may also need to provide evidence or proof of a relationship between your disability and military service.

When do You Need an Advocate?

In some cases, you may not need an advocate when you’re first applying for VA benefits or compensation. Note that you can depend on an agent of a veteran’s service organization in order to help you with your claim application.

However, you should consult an advocate if you don’t know how to apply or have applied for disability benefits or compensation and received a denial letter from the VA and want to file an appeal to restart the process.

The VA Disability Insurance Claims Process in Florida

Here are the main steps involved in the VA disability benefits claims process:

Filing Your Initial Disability Claim

The first and most crucial step involves filing a VA disability insurance claim form. However, keep in mind that there are some critical distinctions between disability claims involving individual disability and group disability insurance. Our disability advocates in Florida will help you understand the differences.

Insurance Company Evaluation and Investigation

After you file the claim, the insurance provider will investigate or assess your disability claim. Having a reliable and experienced advocate present will help you protect your legal rights.

The Appeals Process

If the VA denies your disability claim, you can file an appeal and contest their decision. Our Florida disability advocates and representatives can offer you more information about the appeals process.

File a Lawsuit

If your appeal is not successful, you have the right to file a lawsuit in order to recover your VA benefits and compensation. An experienced and trained disability advocate will help you develop a sound and reasonable legal strategy to win your benefits.

Tips on Starting Your VA Disability Claim

Here are some tips for filling out your initial application for VA disability benefits.

Know the Terminology
You should know the legal terms and forms you need to fill out. For example, you must know that you have to complete a Veterans’ Application for Compensation and/or Pension, VA Form 21-526. Knowing the name of the form ahead of time will make it simpler and quicker to communicate with VA representatives.

Gather all the Forms and Documents You Need
At times, you will have to disclose some personal information, and you may not know all the information the VA requests ahead of time. This is why it is vital to get the following items and documents first:
➢ Your DD-214
➢ Marriage Certificate
➢ Social Security Cards for yourself and your spouse
➢ Death Certificate if you are filing for Widows/Widowers Pension
➢ Divorce Decrees
➢ Addresses and telephone numbers of hospitals and clinics you visit to treat your conditions

Completing Your Application
When completing your application, you should paint a complete picture of your health condition, including all your symptoms. You should also describe the full impact these symptoms have on your life. And if you have lost your job due to your disability, it is best to talk about how your income has changed as well as any financial hardships and challenges you are facing.

Review all Your Military Records
Carefully look at your service record. The information in these documents can assist in your disability claim. For instance, you should look for medical documentation for reported injuries.
Also, consider any medals and awards that depict your working conditions, like Combat Infantry Badge and Purple Heart.

Have a Thorough Understanding of Your Disability Claim
After filling out your basic detail, such as name, and address, on the form, locate where you have to list your claims and be specific about your injuries. You also have to document where you received treatment and when you were diagnosed.

Filing Your Claim
You can choose any one of three ways:
✓ You can apply online and use the VA’s VETS.GOV site
✓ Work with a reliable Veteran’s Service Organization. Keep in mind that these groups and organizations know the intricacies and complexities of dealing with the US VA and will help you ensure that your submission is correct and complete.
✓ Visit a VA regional office and have a VA rep or employee assist you.

Why You Should Hire Veterans Help Group

We have Experienced Advocates

Our advocates and legal professionals have met the qualification requirements the US Department of Veterans Affairs sets for competency to handle VA benefit and compensation claims.

VA Benefits and Compensation are Complicated

Navigating the complex VA compensation and benefits system is difficult for most veterans. Did you know that it has become even more challenging because of the introduction of the AMA (Appeals Modernization Act)?

Our competent advocates will review all the facts of your VA disability claim and then give you personalized advice and guidance so you can take the best course of action to get a quick resolution of your disability claim.

Veterans Help Group Fights for Your Rights

We have evolved over the past two decades, but one important thing has stayed the same. Our desire and dedication to fight for our clients are unmatched. Veterans Help Group is not afraid of appealing claims and fights for every dollar of benefits you deserve.

Veteran Disability and Benefits Advocates Representing Veterans in Florida

Veterans Help Group is an advocacy group specializing in veterans’ benefits and rights. And our trained veteran affairs advocates and representatives strive to get you the benefits and compensation you deserve! We can also help you improve your disability rating.

If you or a loved one served and is unable to work due to a service injury, we are here to help. Veterans Help Group focuses entirely on representing veterans and their families and has established itself as a reliable and effective VA advocate.

Speak With An Experienced and Compassionate Veterans Benefits Advocate to Start and File Your Disability Claim

Need help to start or file your Florida veteran’s benefits claim? Our veteran advocates and legal professionals have the expertise and knowledge to help veterans and their family members or dependents handle various VA benefits claims, such as disability compensation, individual unemployability, disability pension, and death benefits.

Call Us Now!

To get started with your Florida veteran’s disability claim, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Veterans Help Group. We have supported veterans in getting the benefits they deserve since 1995 and can help you improve your disability rating.

Call us at 855-855-8992 or get started with our free case evaluation tool. Our veterans’ benefits advocates are committed to serving the brave men and women of our country. We look forward to speaking with you and learning how we can help start your claim.




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