Veterans have made untold sacrifices for our country, including taking physical and mental risks both in and out of combat. When they are hurt due to their service, they are owed certain benefits. If you have sustained a costly disability from serving in the military, know that you are not alone; a veterans’ benefits attorney can help you secure the payments you deserve.
Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. has represented veterans for more than three decades. We are deeply familiar with the requirements of the Veterans Administration, and we fight with skill and empathy so that each of our clients can receive fair benefits.
Our attorneys are ready to help you on your path to recovery. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call 516-496-0400 at any time.
Do I Need a Veterans’ Benefits Attorney?
If you have sustained a disability as a result of your military service, it is important to obtain experienced legal counsel to secure the benefits you deserve. In order to receive benefits, you will need to demonstrate that you have a qualifying disability and that the disability was caused or worsened by serving in the military. While one would hope that veterans would not be second-guessed after all they have done for our country, it can, unfortunately, be difficult to prove a link between a disability and military service.
A lawyer can make the strongest possible case for you to receive the benefits you are owed. After determining which benefit option you should pursue, an experienced veterans’ benefits attorney will compile critical evidence to build your case. Throughout this process, a lawyer’s familiarity with the complicated requirements of the Veterans Administration will be indispensable.
Moreover, if your initial Veteran Disability claim is denied – or if you are otherwise unsatisfied with the results of the claim – an attorney will know how best to move forward. You have a few options to appeal a claim, and it is important to choose carefully between them. With a skilled veterans’ benefits attorney on your side, you will be able to make an informed decision that maximizes your chances of recovering fair benefits.
Why Choose Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. to Handle My Case?
Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. is honored to have served disabled veterans for more than 30 years. This experience has afforded us a deep understanding of the Veterans Administration, which we put to good use on behalf of all clients. We know the evidence that is necessary to strengthen your case, and we will work diligently to present this evidence so that you receive the benefits you deserve.
We also handle each case with the utmost care and compassion. We are a trauma-aware team, and we understand the difficulties that you and your loved ones may be facing as you await your due benefits. To help you down the road to recovery as much as we can, we work efficiently and energetically to help shorten the wait until you might receive payments. Furthermore, to ensure that our services are accessible from the get-go, we offer a free consultation to all prospective clients.
What Does Veteran’s Disability Insurance Cover?
As a veteran of the United States, you are entitled to tax-free monthly benefits if you have sustained a service-related disability. This holds true whether you sustained the disability during combat or outside of combat, as long as you can demonstrate that you incurred it through your service. You may also be eligible for benefits if you had a pre-existing condition that was exacerbated by your military duties.
There are a wide range of disabilities for which you may be compensated through monthly payments. Some of the common disabilities covered under the Veteran’s Disability program are:
- Lupus, ulcers, arthritis, and other chronic conditions
- Psychiatric disabilities, including PTSD, anxiety, and depression
- Disabilities caused by exposure to Agent Orange and other toxic chemicals, including prostate cancer, diabetes, Hodgkin’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease
- Conditions caused by exposure to extreme weather, including frostbite and heatstroke
- Illnesses (diagnosed or undiagnosed) incurred from serving in the Gulf War
- Disabilities caused by drinking contaminated water at Camp LeJeune, including liver cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, and adult leukemia
In the event of a fatal disability, the spouse and dependents of the deceased service member may also be eligible to receive certain payments. For the spouse and children (or dependent parents) to qualify for benefits, the veteran must have died in one of the following ways: while on duty or in training; due to a military-related disability; or after having received total disability payments for a specified number of years. In one of these cases, the surviving family members may receive benefits including:
- Compensation for funeral and burial costs
- Death pension
- Refund for education program
- Proceeds from life insurance
- Home loan guarantees
- Preference for civil service
- Education and training coverage
- Dependence and Indemnity Compensation
- Exchange and commissary privileges
How Much Payment Will I Receive As a Veteran?
If you are approved to receive benefits from the Veterans Administration, the amount of payment that you receive each month will depend on your disability rating. The disability rating is assigned on a percentage scale of 1-100 based on the severity of a disability. For example, a disability that incapacitates someone from doing any physical labor will have a higher percentage, whereas a disability that makes only a few tasks impossible will have a lower percentage.
As of December 1, 2020, the monthly payment rates for a veteran with no dependents are:
- 10% disability: $144.14 per month
- 20% disability: $284.93 per month
- 30% disability: $441.35 per month
- 40% disability: $635.77 per month
- 50% disability: $905.04 per month
- 60% disability: $1,146.39 per month
- 70% disability: $1,444.71 per month
- 80% disability: $1,679.35 per month
- 90% disability: $1,887.18 per month
- 100% disability: $3,146.42 per month
Contact Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. Now
If you have been hurt in military service and believe you deserve disability benefits, do not hesitate to reach out to a lawyer for assistance. The veterans’ benefits attorneys at Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. can help you pursue fair benefits.
We are so grateful for how you have served our country; now, let us serve you. Call 516-496-0400 to schedule your free consultation today. A member of our team is available to answer your call 24/7.