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How to Reopen a Previously Denied Claim

Posted by Ken Enright on Apr 16, 2018 11:03:05 AM

Some veterans are unaware that they may reopen a disability compensation claim that has been denied by the Department of Veteran Affairs. In this blog post, I will explain to you what you need to reopen a previously denied claim.

What is the Difference Between a New Claim and a Reopened Claim?

At the outset, it is important to understand the difference between a new claim and a reopened claim. Generally, a new claim is one that has never been filed with the VA before. There are some special exceptions, such as claims for an increased disability evaluation, special monthly compensation, and a claim for total disability based on individual unemployability. However, a majority of claims will either fall under new or reopened status, depending on whether a decision has become final.

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Topics: Veterans Disability Benefits, VA benefits, Service Connection, Veteran, Reopen Disability Claim

Is Your Disability Entitled to Secondary Service Connection?

Posted by Ken Enright on Mar 24, 2018 12:33:58 PM

Many veterans know that they are entitled to service connection for disabilities due to injuries incurred while they were in service. What some jetcityimage / 123RF Stock Photo" width="300" height="199.71428571428572" style="width: 300px; float: right; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px;">may not know, is that it’s possible to receive service connection for additional disabilities that are either caused or proximately due to their service connected disabilities.

The important thing to remember is that VA disability compensation is a monthly payment designed to compensate veterans for any impairment in earning capacity. Thus, any additional conditions resulting from your service connected disabilities or treatment will also be compensated.

What is Secondary Service Connection?

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Topics: Veterans Disability Benefits, VA benefits, Service Connection, Secondary Service Connection

Getting a Higher Schedular Rating for Your VA Benefits

Posted by Ken Enright on Mar 17, 2018 11:00:19 AM

In a recent decision, King v. Shulkin, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) ruled that the Board of Veterans Claims (Board) cannot deny a veteran an extraschedular rating simply because there are higher schedular ratings available for more severe symptoms.

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Topics: Veterans Disability Benefits, VA benefits, Schedular Rating, Service Connection, Veteran, Extra Schedular Rating

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