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VA Personality Disorder Disabilities

Posted by Joseph Whitcomb on Jul 24, 2017 4:21:45 PM

 

VA Personality Disorder Disabilities

The Veteran’s Affairs Office diagnoses many veterans with personality disorders (PD). A PD, however, is not a recognized disability by the Veteran’s Affairs Office. In situations where a veteran’s behavior becomes abnormal or erratic, military physicians often diagnose a veteran with a PD so that claims can be denied. In situations involving veterans with personality disorders, it is frequently a wise idea to retain the assistance of legal counsel to help make sure that disability benefits are awarded. 

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Hearing Loss & Blindness Veterans Benefits

Posted by Joseph Whitcomb on Jul 21, 2017 11:45:48 AM

 

Veterans Benefits for Hearing Loss or Blindness

Hearing loss & blindness are disabilities that deserve compensation through benefits.  A large number of veterans experience hearing loss and tinnitus or ringing in the ears. Other veterans experience vision loss or other eye-related problems. For each of these elements, it is vital for a veteran to establish that a disability is service-connected. To establish a service-connected disability, a veteran must establish that a current hearing or vision condition exists, that there is available evidence of an event in service that caused the condition, and that a medical opinion links the current condition to an event during military service. To make sure that a claim results in the result of disability compensation, attorneys frequently find it essential to retain the experience of seasoned legal counsel.

Disability Benefits for Vision Conditions

 

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VA Form 21-4138

Posted by Joseph Whitcomb on Jul 20, 2017 4:44:05 PM

 

VA Form 21-4138

If the Veteran’s Affairs Office sends a veteran a request for additional information to support a claim or a more detailed explanation of an element in a person’s claim, the veteran file a Statement in Support of Claim or VA-Form 21-4138. These statements frequently include or describe the evidence that supports a veteran’s claim. While these documents are not required to be a certain length or format, Form 21-4138 is frequently used to explain why certain documentation is missing in a military record or offer a statement from a family member or friend regarding the severity of a veteran’s medical condition. Form 21-4138 can also be used to support claims of eligibility, service-connected conditions, impairment ratings, and the effective dates of disabilities, to point out errors in the Veteran’s Affairs claims process, to disagree with a statement in a Veteran’s Affairs Rating Decision or Statement of a Case, or to update the Veteran’s Affairs Office about a change in dependency status.

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Common Reasons for SSDI Denial

Posted by Joseph Whitcomb on Jul 18, 2017 3:23:03 PM

 

Common Reasons for SSDI Denial

Each year, millions of individuals file for SSDI and other types of disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Unfortunately, statistics reveal that only 30 percent of these claims are accepted. There are many reasons why the Social Security Administration denies an individual’s claims, but some of the most common reasons for these denials include the following elements. For individuals who wish to appeal a decision by the Social Security Administration, it is often important to understand the basis for these denials as well as to retain the assistance of a knowledgeable disability attorney who can help receive benefits.

 

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Decision Review Officer Hearings

Posted by Joseph Whitcomb on Jul 17, 2017 3:45:47 PM

 

Decision Review Officer Hearings

A Decision Review Officer is an employee of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs who review certain types of appeals concerning veterans’ disability benefits. Obtaining a DRO review is much faster than appeal to the Bureau of Veterans Affairs. In handling a decision review officer hearing, however, individuals frequently find it essential to retain the assistance of skilled legal counsel.

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TDIU Claims

Posted by Joseph Whitcomb on Jul 13, 2017 4:20:14 PM

 

TDIU Claims 

Many veterans experience conditions that significantly interfere with work but do not satisfy the Veterans’ Affairs definition of 100 percent disability. In these cases, Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability (TIDU) or Individual Unemployability (IU) claims provide the same types of compensation as 100 percent disability ratings to veterans when a veteran’s disability does not add up to 100 percent. 

 

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VA Compensation Pension Exam

Posted by Joseph Whitcomb on Jul 13, 2017 1:58:30 PM

Veteran’s Administration Compensation Pension Exam

The VA Compensation Pension Exam is a routine part of the Veteran’s Administration claims process. In some cases, individuals who have more than one injury or illness might even need to attend a Compensation and Pension Exam for each individual health condition.

 

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Mental Consultative Examinations for SSDI Benefits

Posted by Joseph Whitcomb on Jul 13, 2017 8:43:18 AM

Mental Consultative Examinations for SSDI Benefits

Some individuals who seek to obtain disability benefits are required by the Social Security Administration to participate in a Mental Consultative Examination to provide the evidence necessary for the Administration’s decision about the individual’s potential disability. As a result, individuals frequently find it essential to obtain the assistance an experienced disability attorney to navigate these examinations, which can play a vital role in the disability process. 

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SSDI Taxation

Posted by Joseph Whitcomb on Jul 12, 2017 8:45:05 AM

Taxes and Social Security Disability Insurance

 

One of the most common questions that individuals have about Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits is what tax rules apply when a recipient receives income through this method. In some situations, recipients of SSDI benefits are taxed on at least a portion of these benefits. SSDI recipients often find that a knowledgeable disability benefits attorney can help with SSDI taxation and determine what amount must be paid in taxes.

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Appeals & VA Disability Benefits

Posted by Joseph Whitcomb on Jul 7, 2017 11:28:56 AM

GAO Issues Report on Appeals & VA Disability Benefits

 

In March of 2017, the Government Accountability Office released a report titled “VA Disability Benefits: Additional Planning Would Enhance Efforts to Improve the Timelines of Appeals Decisions”. This report addresses the Veteran Administration efforts to reform the appeals process by focusing on potential improvements to the Board of Veterans Appeals. The Government Accountability Office’s report was critical of the process related to appeals for VA disability benefits attempts to implement changes to the appeal process. According to the Veteran Administration, in 2015 more than 417,000 appeals were pending before the agency. These appeals tend to take a significant amount of time to resolve with the average case taking three years before a decision was issued. If you are a veteran who requires this type of assistance, do not hesitate to contact our law firm.

 

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