How to Reopen a Previously Denied Claim

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

Is Your Disability Entitled to Secondary Service Connection?

Many veterans know that they are entitled to service connection for disabilities due to injuries incurred while they were in service. What some 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

Getting a Higher Schedular Rating for Your VA Benefits

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. The CAVC decision involved a Vietnam War Veteran who was granted a noncompensable rating for hearing loss in 2009. The VA examiner found “significant effects” on the Veteran’s occupation and noted poor social interactions and hearing difficulty. The veteran