Veterans' Disability Compensation
It is our mission to assist veterans with obtaining the service-connected disability compensation they may be entitled to. The government established disability compensation to aid in restoring the lives of men and women who have served our country but became ill or injured as a result of their honorable service. At Grimes Teich Anderson, we not only know the rules and procedures to best serve our veterans, but we intimately know military life and the soldier-side of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as well. We will help you gather the evidence and construct the most compelling argument for your claim, while providing you honest and capable representation before the many VA regional offices, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Wherever in the United States you reside, let an experienced veterans’ disability compensation attorney at Grimes Teich Anderson assist you with your claim for service-connected disability compensation. You served our Country with honor, now let the attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson serve you.What Is Veterans' Service-Connected Disability Compensation?
Veterans’ service-connected disability compensation has one purpose, to compensate veterans who currently suffer from an illness or injury that was either incurred or aggravated during a period of active service or "in the line of duty." This compensation is a tax free monetary benefit meant to compensate the veteran for his or her loss. Many veterans, veterans’ service officers, and VA examiners do not realize that this illness or injury does not need to be directly caused by combat or a training accident. The illness or injury only needs to occur during a period of active service. Injuries such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) resulting from an occurrence not directly related to military service, such as sexual assault, can still be compensable. To qualify for service-connected disability compensation:
- You must have had an injury or illness that was either incurred or aggravated during a period of active service;
- You must still suffer from this injury or illness; and
- There must be a direct link from the in-service injury or illness to your current condition.
At Grimes Teich Anderson, we assist veterans during many stages in order to obtain the disability compensation they deserve. Our veterans' disability compensation attorneys can provide the following representation:
- Review the status of your claim and explain why it was denied or undervalued;
- Help obtain the necessary evidence and organize the facts of your claim;
- Research the law, rules, regulations, and prior cases that are relevant to your claim;
- Research latest medical findings regarding conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and amputation;
- Identify the available procedural options;
- Combine the evidence, facts and research to present the most favorable basis and compelling arguments for an award of the benefit sought;
- Receive and respond to VA letters and requests;
- Prepare responses to VA and the Board of Veterans’ Appeals requests for evidence;
- Prepare written arguments and briefs; and
- Represent you in person before VA regional office hearings, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
There are many special rules for veterans seeking service-connected disability benefits. For example, there are special rules for:
- illnesses or injuries obtained or aggravated during combat;
- veterans of Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, and the Gulf Wars;
- veterans suffering from military sexual trauma (MST);
- veterans suffering from PTSD;
- veterans who illnesses or injuries may have pre-dated service;
- how far back “back-pay” extends;
- veterans with less than honorable discharges; and
- veterans with sparse or incomplete service records.
And this list is by no means exhaustive. Not only are these extensive special rules found in the federal statutes and the Code of Federal Regulations, but they are also found spread out through many court decisions. It takes a long time for the outcomes of recent court decisions to find their way into the training manuals and SOPs at the many VA regional offices; and when it does, the VA sometimes gets the case law wrong. This means that the information and instructions utilized by the regional raters are not always up to date and in accordance with the law. Simply relying on what has been done for the past five years can often lead a veterans’ representative to not adequately representing a veteran on all of his or her claims. Whereas many veterans service organizations and state representatives provide quality free services, the Veterans Law Attorneys and representatives at Grimes Teich Anderson are legally trained service-connected disabled veterans who provide a holistic approach to all claims. Our fee is usually 20% of the back-pay, which the VA usually pays us directly. If you are not successful in your claim, we do not get paid. This low contingency fee gives us the availability to spend a prolonged amount of time specifically on your claim and gathering the necessary evidence and providing experienced representation for your success.
It is very important to note that there are many veterans service organizations that provide outstanding representation, such as the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) for example, and this representation is free. At Grimes Teich Anderson our representation is not free, but we provide a different, legal-centric, approach. Many of our clients come to us or are referred to us from the multiple veterans service organizations when the veteran or the organization determines that a specialized attorney is necessary to address the complexity of a claim. Even though our services are not free, all of our consultations for service-connected disability claims are free so please go ahead and give us a call.